I’ve not blogged for a while. This is mainly due to starting a new teaching job, which I am very much enjoying but is taking a fair bit of my time. I also have a fair few other self-employed jobs which I am also trying to find time for – so poor old Grotsby-Snot frequently gets pushed to the bottom of the pile. However…
So, for this meeting I’ve been working on two stories, and since completing my MA in January, doing so with renewed energy. I am determined to enjoy every aspect of the process. And writing and illustrating a children’s book – of any kind – is a long process.
As a writer I am unproven. As an illustrator of children’s books, I am a graduate. So – to put money behind an unproven writer, who also happens to be an unproven illustrator – well, that’s a big ask. I have, therefore, to do this on my own – as well as having to pay the rent, of course.
So far, I have two plots, some rough storyboarding, and versions of the stories that are beginning to emerge in both a picture book format and also a middle grade kind of format (basically for children who are more advanced in their reading, but still enjoy lots of illustration).
I want to be able to show Rebecca and Emma at Bloomsbury where I am going with the stories, for both the older age group and the picture book group. This is in the hope of gaining a degree of clarity about which to concentrate on first. Of course, I also want feedback on wether or not the stories have potential generally. After all, I know the character has interest (see my post here).
I imagine Grotsby’s adventures as a series, but as an unproven writer I don’t think you ‘debut’ with a series. Therefore I need a really good story that can work on its own – and whether or not I have that yet will be tested at the forthcoming meeting.
So what is this post all this about – why share these drawings now?
Because I love this bit. The sketching bit. The working out how the character sneaks, farts, eats, jumps or rides a chariot. That’s the really good bit for me. Basically, I’m drawing a hairy bean with dreadlocks. Over and over again – and I like doing it.