A Sneak Peek Inside My Children’s Book, “A Birthday”

So I’ve been working on this children’s book say… oh… for over 20 years. It’s based on the student film I did that caught the attention of Disney Animation Studios back in 1987. Okay… YES, I’M OLD!!!! Now, to get on with it…

Over the years I’ve done an illustration here and there to work toward finishing the book. Looking back, I had no idea it was going to take me this long. I didn’t realize that my storyboarding career would keep me so busy and eventually lead me into a directing and writing career. I didn’t realize that a family would also take up so much time. I’ve always been naïve, yet after all these years, I’m hoping I’m growing out of that.

Now, I have five of 32 illustrations that I need to finish the book. And I want to rewrite it and possibly add to the ending—not change it, just add to it. Sure, there’s lots of work to be done, but if I haven’t given up after 20 years, why not finish it?

A Birthday is about a little old lady who is alone on her birthday.

Brenda Chapman A Birthday

This was the very first piece I created for the book (Emma putting cake in the oven). I have to say that trying to maintain a certain style over two decades is quite challenging!

Brenda Chapman A Birthday

This one is the second illustration I did (Emma sitting next to the phone). I have never been completely happy with it (well, to be honest, I’m never completely happy with anything I create!). I may go back into this one again and see if I can figure out what’s bothering me. Sometimes the challenge is fun and frustrating at the same time. Guess that’s what makes life interesting.

I have three additional illustrations that I’ll share on the blog in the coming weeks. And, who knows—maybe this will be the motivation I need to make further progress on the 27 pieces that remain!

Now that you’ve had a peek of what I’m working on… what projects are you tackling?

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