"The Moment Before I Lost My Mom" Kids Book Project Progress for SCBIW Portfolio Preview. . .and eventually Self Publish by April 2020

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    7 and 5,@BichonBistro 2

  • Beautiful!I like 2 and 5.

  • Guess what happened last week! I got the flue! Boo! It wasn't bad, but I was unable to complete my last weeks goals of drawing two spreads. So now I have a ton to catch up on this week and I'm going on a business trip on top of that. Oh, boy! This is going to be an interesting week. Here is what I got done so far from last weeks spreads:
    comments and suggestions welcom πŸ™‚

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    So far, I'm really happy with spread 1. I love where its going, I still have a few things to work on. Below is the thumbnail:

    I still have a lot to do on spread 6. But so far I like how the hat and the humming birds have turned out πŸ™‚

    (side note) I made Little Squirrel a bit longer than I would otherwise because I've found that the gutter (which is the line down the middle) likes to eat up the page making horizontal things look shorter after its printed.

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  • looks wonderful

  • Hey Elizabeth,

    I've seen many children's book covers where a child hugs a parent, so I suggest #6 as a safe bet.
    Also, do you think 'A Little Place to Remember' is a good title for the book?

  • @Squirrel-Size sorry you’ve been down with the flu πŸ˜•
    That hat with the hummingbird looks great!
    I can almost see your palette already ☺️
    You are doing a fabulous job.

    Hope the business trip doesn’t wear you out...

  • @MichaelaH Thanks πŸ™‚

    Thats a good point @2MK. I like that idea. And I love that title! I'll add it to my list πŸ™‚

    @BichonBistro Thanks, I'm feeling much better now. and yeah, I'm itching to color it!

  • @Squirrel-Size really delicate drawings and wonderful story. I really love how you draw the garden and plantations.

    Helloooooo Art Peeps,
    I'm back! My business trip was amazing! It was quite eventful and I learned a lot. Some sad news though, while up there in St. Louis, my truck broke down and it was a bit of an expensive fix. So I'm going back to full time at work again 😞

    But I guess that just means I'm gonna have to give up a few other things in order to finish this book at the dummy book deadline on Sep 1st.

    I don't know about you all, but I'm a very social person, and thats probably why I usually don't get much illustrations work done. I'm just gonna have to hang out with my Ipad during the weekends instead of my chums. My poor buddies are going to think I fell of the side of the earth. hahaha, Oh well. At least there is FaceTime to prove I'm still alive.
    But I'm determined to create this thing!

    Oh! also, I accidentally gave my number to a little 20-year old while in St. Louis, and now he wont stop texting me! ugh!

    My progress from over last week and this weekend.

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    @Squirrel-Size lookin' good!

  • Yeah, going back to full time at work is making it super hard! I managed to finish drawing spread #2, but I just barely touched my two spreads from last week. It didn't help that I had several pre engagements this weekend. But the good news! This next weekend is empty! Which means I'm going to be sitting on my butt drawing all weekend to catch up! Only two weeks left before my drawing deadline! And four weeks to have my dummy-book printed out and done. This week, I'm going to start on the cover. I'll be posting more thumbnails on that later this week.

    My goals for the next several weeks:

    Aug18-24: finish spreads #4 & #7, Cover thumbnails and start cover

    Aug 25-31: Final drawing edits and final details added to spreads, Finish cover, drawing and color.

    Sept 1-7: Formate book, Print

    Sept 8 - 13 Bind book

    Due Date for the Open Portfolio Preview at Mid central SCBWI Conference Sept 14th

    After the SCBWI conference, I'm going to take a little break, then start the process to finishing the book and have it out my late March 2020

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  • @Squirrel-Size best wishes in meeting your goals!

  • @BichonBistro Thanks! I appreciate it πŸ™‚

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    I love this so much! The artwork is wonderful and this story is just a pure piece of you and your mom! Amazing! Can't want to see layout #2 painted. Love the use of depth of field. You really move through the image.

  • Awe! Thanks @Whitney-Simms Thats so sweet πŸ™‚ I'm just itching to start coloring it!

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    I was thinking, this would be a sweet book to sell at a flowershop for the bereaved who have lost their mothers and especially for kids who lose their mothers. It could be so comforting for a child. Even if they don't plant gardens there might be something else that would bring them peace that connected them with their mother. Cooking, reading together, etc. I love this~!

  • @Marsha-Kay-Ottum-Owen awe! That is a great idea! I love it!

  • Okay Art Peeps! Vote which book cover sketch do you Like! I think my fav right now is #3


  • I also like number three!

    This will be a lovely (and hopefully very healing) book when you are done with it. πŸ™‚

    Your garden pictures make me wonder if you have ever read The Secret Garden. If you haven't, I'd highly suggest it. It's a lovely book about healing and love, at its core. And my mental images of the garden in the book looked a lot like your real life garden that you made. I think you'd really understand the protagonist in a way that those of us who've never built a garden can't.

  • @Squirrel-Size I love #3 tooβ€”in addition to the feeling of tender closeness, it communicates that her mom will always be supporting her, has her back so to speak, and is almost like her shadow (in the good sense of the word)

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