Friday, June 20, 2014

Almost Halftime



It’s been officially 5 months since I began this blog, and 6 months since starting this project. Approaching the end of June means I am now entering the second half of the year and will be pulling a lot of things together to make this a complete children’s book. Thinking about it, I realize how much more there is that needs to be done.
I have been doing a lot of work the past few months on character design of my two little tikes. It’s been a learning experience. In creating my characters it’s obvious I am very novice at this, but even still, with enough practice and patience, anything can be drawn.
I’ll continue to work on my characters to loosen them up and make them more dynamic. That means sketching out a lot of shapes and contours that the detail of them will fall around. But while doing this, I need to also get back to some of the basics to develop backgrounds and eventually proper story-boarding.
When I began dividing my story into 32 parts, I benefited from understanding how words and pictures (pictures in my head for the moment) work more effectively together. I cut out enough of the words (due to visual action) to get me comfortably under 1500. That word count was what I considered to be the maximum allowable. So the story is- at least in my head- becoming more efficient. The more efficient, the better.
Note: If this all seems like a messy crash course of an attempt to make something original, it is. If you are reading this and saying to yourself, “This approach is all out of order!” You’re right. Oh well… ha.
I first came to the conclusion of starting this project in December of 2013 when I sat down and wrote out a few goals for myself for 2014 in conversation with a loved one. And I actually am supposed to sit down with her again in just a week or two and re-adjust some of those goals based on the progress so far. I’m not quite sure what I’ll be putting down on paper again, or amending, but I have a feeling that something more than just one story idea will be mentioned. At least an idea or two. Thanks for visiting.
P.S I just crossed 4000 visitors. Thank you to everyone for your support.

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