I’ve finished a children’s book! I did it! One day I was all, “I’ve always wanted to both write and illustrate a children’s book, maybe I should do it.” And so…I did.
There was a lot that happened in between my idea and making that idea a reality. Children’s books take a lot of time and perseverance, especially when you’ve decided to do the text, illustration, editing, and design all in one go. Also, sometimes my larger projects can get relegated to the back burner depending on what is going on in my life, and this project did get set aside as I got wrapped up in other projects and life events. When it’s a personal project and there’s no real deadline, it is sooooo easy to let it slide. So, I have to admit that I am more than a little proud that I did eventually get back on track with finishing this.
So, “Where’s Edward? There’s Edward!” was created and can now be found on Amazon.com. What’s it about? Well, being from Minnesota, of course it had to be about fuzzy forest creatures. Here’s the blurb about the book:
Edward the Elk wants to play hide-and-seek with his forest friends, but his antlers are making it difficult to hide! Follow Edward as he searches the forest for the perfect hiding place. A great book for beginning readers, parents can guide children as together, they spot Edward in his many hiding places.
It was such a rewarding experience, and I am already gearing up to create another book.
Before I wrap up this blog post, I did want to show a little bit of my process in making this book. Below is a comparison of a final sketch that turned into a final illustration. For anyone who does art or illustration, you know how much prep work goes into a project that the public doesn’t normally see. After making this book, I made more pictures of elk than I ever thought I would. But, not complaining; this was a very rewarding project!