MY STUDIO

 

FOR A TIME I HAD ONE OF THE ROOMS IN MY HOUSE AS MY STUDIO, BUT I FOUND THAT I NEEDED MUCH MORE ROOM TO PRODUCE THE KIND OF WORK THAT I DO. MY WRITING DESK AND OFFICE ARE STILL AT METEOR RIDGE, BUT I RECENTLY ACQUIRED THIS WONDERFUL OLD VICTORIAN HOUSE ONLY ABOUT A BLOCK AWAY FROM MY HOUSE. IT IS MY ART STUDIO,A PLACE TO STORE ARTWORK, AND IT ALSO SERVES AS ADDITIONAL GUEST ROOMS WHEN MY HOUSE IS 'FULL UP '....

 

 

MY DRAWING TABLES AND BOARDS ARE HERE...THIS IS WHERE I WORK OUT WHAT MY BOOKS WILL LOOK LIKE.

I SHARE THIS SPACE WITH TWO OF MY OTHER CATS, TUSH II AND MANINA

 

WHEN I GET A STORY WRITTEN IN MY OFFICE AT METEOR RIDGE, THEN I COME HERE TO START DRAWING THE 'DUMMY'

THE DUMMY IS A BLUEPRINT OF WHAT THE PICTURE BOOK WILL LOOK LIKE. THIS IS WHERE I FIGURE OUT WHAT IS GOING TO BE DRAWN OF EACH PAGE OF THE STORY.

SOMETIMES I USE LIVE MODELS, SOMETIMES I USE PHOTOGRAPHS AND SOMETIMES I USE JUST MY IMAGINATION TO DECIDE WHAT MY CHARACTERS WILL LOOK LIKE.

 

 

AFTER THE DUMMY IS FINISHED AND I SEND IT TO MY ART DIRECTOR IN NEW YORK, SHE WILL THEN DECIDE IF SOME OF THE DRAWINGS NEED TO BE CHANGED OR ALTERED TO BETTER DEPICT THE STORY. SHE WILL THEN SEND THE ARTWORK BACK TO ME.

I DRAW MY BOOKS 25% LARGER THAN YOU SEE THEM IN THE ACTUAL BOOKS. I PUT THESE DRAWINGS OVER A LIGHT BOX TO MAKE SURE THAT THE DRAWINGS WON'T GO INTO WHERE THE TEXT OR WORDS ARE GOING TO BE. AFTER I HAVE TRACED OUT THE FINAL ILLUSTRATION, I THEN COLOR THEM IN.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I USE PENTEL ACETONE MARKERS. I ALSO WILL PAINT INTO THEM WITH ACRYLIC PAINT, NUMBER 2 AND 6 B PENCILS, AND OIL PASTELS. SOMETIMES WHEN YOU SEE PHOTOS OF PEOPLE IN MY BOOKS -(LIKE ON A DRESSER IN FRAMES) I ACTUALLY PASTE THE PHOTOS INTO THE ARTWORK SO THAT IT WILL LOOK LIKE IT BELONGS THERE...THE PHOTOS THAT APPEAR IN MY BOOKS ARE USUALLY PICTURES OF THE PEOPLE THAT THE BOOK IS ACTUALLY ABOUT.

FROM THE TIME I GET AN IDEA FOR A STORY UNTIL YOU ACTUALLY SEE IT AS A BOOK, ABOUT A YEAR AND A HALF HAVE GONE BY. I ALSO WORK ABOUT 3 BOOKS AHEAD OF WHAT YOU SEE ON THE BOOKSHELVES.

 

HERE'S THE TIME FRAME:

  • ONE TO TWO MONTHS TO WRITE AND RE-WRITE THE STORY. MOST CHILDREN'S BOOKS ARE 32 PAGES-DOUBLE SIDED. MY EDITOR ASKS ME TO WRITE AND REWRITE MANY TIMES UNTIL THE STORY IS PERFECT.
  • ONE MONTH TO DRAW UP THE DUMMY WHICH IS SENT TO NEW YORK WHERE THE ART DIRECTOR MAKES CORRECTIONS ON THE ARTWORK AND THEN SENDS IT BACK TO ME.
  • ONE TO TWO MONTHS TO DO THE FINAL COLOR ILLUSTRATIONS.
  • ONE MONTH TO SCAN AND COLOR SEPARATE IN NEW YORK, THEN THE FILMS OF THE ENTIRE BOOK ARE SENT TO HONG KONG TO BE PRINTED.
  • MOST COLOR BOOKS ARE PRINTED IN HONG KONG, THE PRINTING PROCESS TAKES ABOUT A MONTH.
  • THEN THE BOOKS ARE BOUND, AND BOXED, AND SHIPPED BACK TO THE U.S. AND STORED IN THE PUBLISHERS WAREHOUSES. THEY WILL SOMETIMES STAY THERE FOR 6 MONTHS UNTIL THE PUBLICATION DATE WHEN THE BOOK IS RELEASED AND GOES ON SALE AT YOUR LOCAL BOOK STORES.