I got tagged by the extremely talented author-illustrator friend Lisa Anchin. I first met Lisa at the 2012 SCBWI Summer Conference, where we both won a Portfolio Showcase Mentorship Award. Her adorable, whimsical and lively characters always inspire me and make my day! Check them out here on her blog! I absolutely look forward to A Penguin Named Patience, a picture book illustrated by Lisa, written by Suzanne Lewis, and published by Sleeping Bear Press. The book will be out February 2015. Yay~!
|By Lisa Anchin|
And here is my Q&A for the Author/Illustrator Blog Tour:
1. What am I currently working on?
I recently finished illustrating a picture book called Two Girls Want a Puppy (written by Ryan and Evie Cordell, published by HarperCollins), which will come out Summer 2015. At the moment, I am putting together my portfolio for the upcoming SCBWI Summer Conference. I am also working closely with my wonderful agent Joanna Volpe (New Leaf Literary & Media) on several book project ideas and dummies.
2. Why do I write what I write?
I tend to write stories for my younger-self –– stories I know I would love as a child. I like something light, with a sense of fun and adventure. I also like history, so I try to integrate that into some of my stories.
3. How does my writing/illustrating process work?
I doodle and sketch daily. These drawings form a basis for potential characters for upcoming stories.
I read tons of picture books every week, and I study them closely. The process helps me internalize and understand different story structures. It also helps me see the composition and layout.
I conceptualize stories with post-it notes. Post-its are great for switching pages around. I have the freedom to add or delete pages, or rearrange sequences.
When I work out the story structure and theme, I refine the characters, the setting, the layout, and the text.
After fixing things for legibility, I email a rough dummy to my agent for feedback and notes. If she thinks the story has potential, we will work on it some more. After many revisions, when we both feel a story is ready, she will submit it to publishers.
Thanks for reading my process~! :)
Next up is the watercolor magician Jen Betton Rogers, winner of the 2014 Portfolio Showcase Grand Prize at the New England SCBWI Conference. I met Jen the same day I met Lisa, when we all won the mentorship award. I have the privilege to see her watercolor demo several times when we hang out in person. She is truly a master in watercolor, and I constantly learn from her and am completely inspired by her amazing work. Check out her post next week!
|By Jen Betton Rogers|