ellen and the peacock

creating a picture book: part i – the beginning

Posted by on Jul 9, 2015 in ellen, ellen and the peacock, ellen and the winter wolves, stories, writing | 7 comments

 

Ellen square headerOver the years people have encouraged me to do a picture book. I love to paint and I love to write, so why not put those things together? And I’ve wanted to, but I simply haven’t. Other projects have crowded it out, or I’ve started and then given up, overwhelmed by the enormity of it all.

But now I’m in neck-deep. I’m doing it. And I want to share with you what the process has been so far: the ins and outs of creating a book, and in creating it, what’s been good, what’s been okay, and what’s been unexpectedly terrible.

There are several ways to go about publishing a book. I’ve decided to self-publish. This means I’m not submitting my story and art to a publishing company or an art director. I’m not relying on professionals for design input or editing. I’m doing it all myself. Which means I have a lot of work to do. It also means it could look like garbage, and it would be all my fault.

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december 1, 2012

Posted by on Dec 1, 2012 in ellen, ellen and the peacock, painting | 0 comments

It’s finished. This is just a quick photo with my phone- I’ll take it to be photographed next week. I painted over the peacock several times (first it was very peacock-like, and then it was kind of abstract, but the end result seems to be a shrub/peacock hybrid). Honestly, I didn’t know what I was going for, but I’m happy with how it turned out. “Is it a bush? Or is it a peacock?”

Yeah… just because I painted it doesn’t mean I know yet.

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november 20, 2012

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Today I started working on the peacock itself. I’m going for a slightly stylized stained-glass look for its leaves/feathers. And I’m not certain whether the eye will stay an eye or whether it will become a gaping shadowed socket. Hmm…

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november 17, 2012

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I worked on some background this evening, up behind the wall. These tree trunks probably need to be darkened a little, but it’s good to block it in and get it a little closer to its finished state. You can also see the hedgehog topiary from this angle.

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november 11, 2012

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The old internet went down yesterday and it turns out that was a good thing. I needed to work on the site, but I ended up using the time for painting.

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november 4, 2012

Posted by on Nov 4, 2012 in ellen, ellen and the peacock, painting | 0 comments

Here’s the latest on Ellen and the Peacock. I’ve had fun with this one, even though time to paint has been scarce.

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