I hope my books will make children laugh, but also reinforce the sense that there are countless different ways to shine.
It was a challenge at first to move from a “fine art” mindset to a narrative one. Those are two very different ways of thinking. But now that I’ve made that shift, story art comes most naturally to me.
I have too many favorite children’s books to count. Right now, I’m crazy about the George and Martha books by James Marshall.
I often get ideas in the shower, or taking a walk. But then I have to remind myself to look both ways before crossing the street!
So far, all of my books have started with a written story, which grew out of a tiny wisp of a scene in my head. Once I have the text, I sketch scenes in pencil, and use a computer to lay those words and pictures out across sixteen or so spreads. This writing/sketching/composing phase is my favorite part of the process, and the most creative for me. Then I finish the illustrations digitally, which usually takes many months.
Saying more with fewer words and pictures.