So I’m a doodler. I love to have a black marker pen or crayon in my hands. I do it throughout meetings when there’s rarely “real” notes to take. I do it while I’m on a conference call (any phone call, honestly). I do it while I’m watching the hockey game. I do it while my youngest daughter colors along side me.
This is a small progression with a pretty funny, (albeit somewhat creepy-looking), end to it…
So I have this very rough idea in mind for a children’s book. (Very rough…like just developing some fun characters I want to know, and hoping a story pops up). The first character in my story is a little girl. She’s 9 or 10. She’s cute but plain. Lonely. And just found that her mother left a very disappointing note on the kitchen table. I generally just start drawing without really paying close attention, until I come up with something I like, then I develop and go from there.
An OK first attempt, but I thought she was way too tall. I should maybe make her stouter, more cutesy.
Maybe she needs to be a little more plain.
Nope. Too plain. Too young now.
She should perhaps look a little more despondent.
She just looks miffed.
So does she.
Maybe make her a little Darker. No, maybe Dressier.
Better dresser. ooh. Do better eyes.
…and let’s consider her sidekick I have in mind. A little goat guy named Botis.
A Cocky Botis…
…and here’s one of the little girl that I started, and then Presley took my pen and worked on her while I stepped out of the room.
Darker! Angrier! Yes! Make this story something parents might tell other parents about. Darker…
Well now she just looks like a child who would hurt a pet.
What about something looser…just in silhouette….
Okay. That’s creepy. But kind of fun. Add in Botis, the window..you know…
Gah! Time to work on a different project…