Well after two rounds of editing, my children’s book [which in the final edits went back to its original title “Donald and the New Baby”] has entered the illustration phase.
I have several styles to choose from, none being my original concept, which was to fashion it after the old “Fun With Dick and Jane” readers but that was when I thought it was going to be a big picture book with only a sentence or two per page [much like those readers were].
The styles I was sent for consideration range from the geometric, angular faced characters with very big eyes, now made famous by those imported Asian cartoons [ala Pokemon] to characters that look almost inspired by Archie comic books. I have narrowed it down to three that I feel work with my story. The first looks very much like a character that I have been drawing myself for decades, the second is almost 70’s retro cartoon and the third; the most detailed and closest to my original concept.
I have posted them below and would LOVE for you to take the time to “vote” for your prefrence. Although I can’t guarantee that I will go with the poll results [as the publisher has the power to veto] I would still be very interested in what you all have to say about it… and who knows? Maybe the poll will carry clout! They are numbered Concepts 1-3 for easy voting.
I have a meeting tomorrow afternoon to talk about it all and decide exactly what my ten illustrations will depict to best convey my story. Final decisions have to be made by Wednesday to keep my release on time.
That said, I would rather be very satisfied with the final result and wait longer for release than be hasty and worse yet… regretful.
Just for inspiration I have also added an actual picture of Sharon taken June 1970, making her 18 months old in the photo…
Well all, I am looking forward to your input. Thanks for your help. I’ll keep you posted on the final decision.
Until next time,