I’m not allowed.
“Why not?”, I hear you ask. Well, I can’t show you because what I have been busily drawing this last week is for a picture book. An actual real live picture book that someone is actually letting me loose on. Yep. That’s right. The day has come!
To say I’m excited about it is a complete understatement, in fact, I’m so excited about it that I’ve done nothing but work on it every night this week, aside from a quick break Wednesday night to watch Offspring, obviously. Pens down tonight too though, as I feel slippers, wine and a movie are in order.
So this picture book. It’s a very lovely story beautifully written by (and this is pulled directly from her IMDb page) ‘passionate screenwriter, diligent producer, business development specialist, and scientific analyst’ Yasmin Naficy and, as I found out just minutes ago, incredibly experienced scuba diver. Also, really really lovely person (thats not from IMDb, thats from me), not that we’ve actually met, yet, but I can tell from emails. Also. How good is technology?? Seriously. Without it, without the internet, Yasmin would never have found me and I wouldn’t be working on this amazing project right now. So thank you, inventors of the internet. And Yasmin Naficy!
OK. So I said I had no pictures to show you but, it just doesn’t feel right making a blog post with no drawings, I mean, thats what I do! So, remember I told you I went on a SCBWI writers and illustrators retreat to Rottnest a couple of weeks ago? Well, I’ll show you some sketches from that…a couple of them are actually quite interesting (I think).
Then we all went off on a writing/illustrating crawl which, for someone who doesn’t enjoy landscapes, was a lot of fun…probably mostly because I didn’t focus on the landscape 🙂
Before disbanding and calling the crawl a day, we sat and paired up to create…something. I sat with author Renae Hayward and while I drew a quick little thing, she wrote a quick little thing and then we swapped our quick little things and I drew on what she wrote and she wrote on what I drew. Get it? My drawing, Renae’s words:
I’m sure I did other Rottnest sketches (we didn’t JUST drink wine all weekend) but these are the ones I had on hand right now.
As I said before, a great great four days and I can’t wait for next years!
Alrighty, that’s me for today. Happy Friday and have a very safe weekend xx