Here’s a few pages of the children’s book I’m working on, all coloured up. None of these pages are final colours yet, as I’m still trying to figure out how I want them to look (or rather how to get them to look like I see them in my head…) I find colouring very challenging to do, as it’s never been one of my strong points. I’ve spent the majority of my career animating and only worrying about the rough drawing stage, as most of what I’ve done gets passed on to someone else, who cleans it up and colours it. One of the nice things about doing your own work is that you get to focus on everything. One of the not so nice things about doing your own work is that you realize how little you actually know, and how many areas you suck at. Hopefully after making a few books, I’ll start to figure things out.
O.K…. Back to painting….
Here’s a few more roughs for the children’s book I’m working on, called Copy Cat. I have 36 pages roughed out, so now I’m in the process of trying to figure out the actual layout of the pages and put in the text. From there I need to transfer each drawing onto illustration board so I can ink them, then scan them into the computer for colouring. I’m hoping to start playing with colours on a few of these drawings this week.
A little while ago, my kids were talking about making comic books and different characters that they were going to make, when my son, Jacob, said he was going to make a character called “Copy Cat”. I’m sure this is nothing like what he was thinking of (I hope not, so I don’t have to pay him royalties!), but I immediately had an idea for a children’s book. Recently I had a fairly large operation that has kept me out of commission for the last 5 weeks, but I’m feeling better every day and have had the urge to start drawing again. Comics require a bit more planning and organization than I’m capable of right now, but something like a children’s book allows a bit more freedom to just draw.
Here’s some rough drawings:
The story is about a cat named Copy, who copies all of the other animals and never thinks for himself, until one day he starts copying some animals that aren’t that nice. The bully animals pick on other kids, with Copy following, but it just doesn’t feel right. Eventually Copy puts his foot down and stops his copying, and does what’s right.
This isn’t the first children’s book that I’ve started, but it’s the first one that I’m excited to do. Stay tuned for more updates as things progress.
This is a short piece of animation that I animated for my church. It’s based on a strategy of explaining the gospel using 3 colours (black for sin, red for the blood of Christ, and white for our salvation). The concept was first introduced by Charles Spurgeon in the 1800s as he created “The Wordless Book” which consisted of a book with 3 pages (black, red and white). You can find out more about it at www.3colours.ca
Pages 1 through 20 are roughed out, and I’m currently inking page #3. It’s been slow going with this comic, due to a hectic year, but I’m getting back in the groove and I’m hoping I can keep going with my momentum. I’m still more excited than ever to get what’s in my head onto paper, concerning the larger story arc in this series. I’m not happy with how long it’s taking me to get an issue finished lately, but given the circumstances of life, I’m doing the best I can. Thanks to everyone who waits patiently for the next issue to come out.