March Hedge a gram
This is a good time to stop and take a breath and tell you about my life as
an illustrator. Some days I can paint happily away, listen to music or books on
tape and my work seems carefree. It's not always like that. Right now I'm
working on the book dummy (that the sketch version of the new book) for Noah's
Ark my book for fall 2003. I've got a big list of letters of the alphabet and
beside each of the letters are the names of animals that begin with that letter.
I also have a huge stack of reference books that picture most of the animals,
birds, reptiles, amphibians and insects in the world.
When I narrow down the animals I'll put in my book, I'll need to study how they behave. I can't put a penguin roosting on a high beam with all of the other birds if it can't fly! When I come back from the bookstore visits that will take up most of March, I'll go to the Peabody Museum at Harvard to study the stuffed specimens of the animals. My biggest challenge will be to find a male and a female of each creature. Sometimes the male and female look really different. As everybody knows the animal board Noah's Ark two by two, boy and girl.
Bye for now,