Sally & Seemore Samples? (Woes of Non-Illustrator)


Hi All!

On my break from poetry, I’ve been thinking about poems all the time!  (Also, doing a bunch of long-overdue cleaning projects.)

I have not yet had the courage to look at the children’s book project–a manuscript for a child’s novel–that I hope to finally finalize.  But I did get myself to do a couple more pics with the book in mind.

When you try to draw pictures for a book, you become immediately conscious of how wonderfully skilled trained illustrators are.  They draw in single defined strokes instead of ten or twenty pale scratchings!  Their characters look the same on every page!  And yet not the same!  Meaning that the characters are recognizable, but the postures and facial expressions change.  The difficulty in drawing consistent human beings is why I usually stick to elephants.

Anyway, here’s a couple of new ones.   I don’t know if I can use them as the little girl is just too young here.    And really the dog should probably not be smiling quite so much.  And these pictures are supposed to take place in an attic; I completely forgot about any kind of sloping roof.

But thought you might enjoy.  (Or hope so.)

PS – girl’s name is Sally; dog is Seemore.

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10 Comments on “Sally & Seemore Samples? (Woes of Non-Illustrator)”

  1. Jamie Dedes Says:

    Their charming as are all your sketches, k. I like them very much and ALWAYS look forward to your elephants. 🙂

  2. hedgewitch Says:

    As long as you’re having fun. Sometimes we just need to play and not worry about perfection. I think if one wants to write or draw for a children’s book having fun with it is important. I like these little sketches for the impression they give of intelligence in the dog and interest in the child.

    • ManicDdaily Says:

      Thanks–I think that fun is the most important thing. This particular book got rather old after a while and I was overly worried about the marketing. The marketing is impossible but worrying about it can make you lose track of the fun. Thanks again. k.

  3. I love the second picture, top to bottom. Really cute. Thanks.

    Greetings from London.

  4. lynn__ Says:

    I’d like to “see more” of your cute smiling dog 🙂

  5. I think it sounds great.. and having read your novel i think the words will be a perfect companion… 🙂

  6. No poet Savannah Says:

    What a gift it is to read your writing.
    Thank you
    Thank you
    Thank you
    It is gentle
    A healing kind of hesitance
    Spaces left between thoughts
    Where assurances remain silent
    Waiting in thoughts stretching awake

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