Sunday, October 14, 2012
We all have to face our fears - don't we? Sometimes it's harder than others, sometimes its a minor deal. I have found myself facing fears lately - little ones thank goodness, but things like attending a conference by myself and showing my artwork for the Water Lily Girls to a group of people who don't know me!
Today I went to a day long class given by Suzy Becker, who lives in the town next to mine. Suzy wrote and illustrated books such as "Everything I know I learned from my Cat" and "I had Brain Surgery, what's your Excuse?" I liked her, very easy going and direct and an illustrator like me...in that she has no formal training, her stuff is odd in a way - but she's a writer also which I am not. She was helpful in giving exercises for ways to come up with stories, gave me great advice on what to do with the WLG's and gave personal conference sessions to everyone in the class. We talked about how to find a writer for my little story - or did I really need one?
I laid out all the illustrations on the table (I was the only one with a fully formed idea) and everyone looked at them, gave their opinions and were impressed.
All in all, it was a great day. When I got home I joined an organization called Society for Writers and Illustrators of Childrens Books - as a place to start to find writers and agents etc.
Suzy suggested that I redo all my pics on a different paper which is easier to reproduce (darn...that's alot of work) and also suggested that the same techniques that I use in comic class can be used to lay out a book and work out the kinks. But OK, I've basically got stage 1 completed, and I can move onto the more "production" phase.
Whew. Never thought I'd get this far with this story, but I have, and we'll see where it goes from here. I've faced this fear and it feels great.
Posted by Mim at 8:08 PM