A few months ago my friend, Kevin, asked if I would help him illustrate a book he had been working on. The book is based on a collection of stories he had told to his daughter, Clara, at bedtime and over long plane flights to keep her preoccupied. The stories tell the story of “Jalapeña”, an 8-year-old red-headed troll and her human friend, “Raven”, as they go on a series of adventures. Kevin shared his manuscript with me and, although I really enjoyed the story, I was hesitant to illustrate it. His story was epic. It contained a huge cast of characters and creatures and traversed a wide variety of places over different time periods.
“You know”, I told Kevin, “I’ve never done this before!”
“…I’ve just drawn comics…”, I continued, before he could interrupt. “… and, it’s almost a given that my artwork will improve as the book progresses. The illustrations might be inconsistent!”
“That’s okay!”, he replied, calmly.
In that instant I realized that Kevin and I were in the same boat. He wasn’t a professional writer any more than I was a professional artist. It’d be a learning process for both of us.
And then I smiled.
“Okay then.”, I said.
“Let’s do it.”
The experience so far has been nothing short of awesome…
Take care. Stay healthy. Live life …
Next : Spiders!
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That’s wonderful news, Scott! I spotted Kevin for the first time in over a year this morning at Starbucks. Glad you two are collaborating on this creative journey!
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Love the art work! Great idea to do illustrations in a book❤️ On Fri, May 21, 2021 at 11:56 AM Drawn and Coded wrote:
> Scott Vandervort posted: ” My first illustration for a project that my > friend Kevin and I are working on. This scene takes place early on in the > book. I call it “Jalapena and Raven met the Royals”. A few months ago my > friend, Kevin, asked if I would help him illustrate a book h” >