Character Illustrations and Overall Styling… Selected!

Well at last the style for illustrating my little children’s book has been selected!  I had a meeting with the illustrator Tuesday afternoon.  Our original meeting was for the day before, but without speaking with me he went ahead and “created” characters for my story.  He had done it to be nice, so that I would have a “starting off” point with a visual to help guide me.  The only problem was that the characters he created [who, if you remember, are my actual real life family] can best be described as “square-headed Norwegians with big blonde afros!” Obviously, I had to say nay-nay to that!   Hahaha.

That said, the fellow who is doing my illustrations is very talented and truly aims to please.

Anyway after speaking one-on-one, I have decided on a look that is sort of… “The Jetson’s” meets “Ratatouille.” I like the look a lot. It is colorful and whimsical yet modern and in keeping with what kids these days are used to watching on TV.

Brandon, my illustrator, is very talented and attentive.  He listened to what I was hoping to accomplish and exceeded my expectations.

I wanted the characters to be similar to my family; after all, the story is about us.  My hope was to create modern images that were “based” on our appearance i.e.; coloring, height and age correct.  Brandon sent me a couple of previews yesterday and I couldn’t be happier with what he has done.

I feel that I am in good hands and I trust that Brandon wants my book to be successful as much as I do.  He will be spending  this month working diligently to create the rest of the illustrations that will bring my words to life.

I know I have blogged on and off about the status of my children’s book but I have to admit, there is something about seeing actual illustrations that makes it all very real.  I am truly beginning to realize that in a couple of short months… I will have authored a children’s story book that will be on the shelves of book store and available on line.  Can my novel, “Unforgettable (Trudy’s Story)” be next?

I have posted a preview of the character images so you can take a sneek-peek.  Get ready… “Donald and the New Baby” will be here before you know it!

Thank you all for your support and good wishes.  I am truly blessed to have so many wonderful people in my life.

See you at the book signing!

From left to right: John, Trudy, Theresa, Donald, Janice & Maureen

Until next time,

Don

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3 responses to “Character Illustrations and Overall Styling… Selected!

  1. Cali

    I cannot wait until this book comes out Don! I am so happy for you and hope all goes well! Love ya! Xoxo

  2. C. Harvey

    I love the characters he came up with, can’t wait for the book.

  3. Janice

    I’m so excited! May I book you as a guest speaker at my school?

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