A Jobbing Illustrator’s Blog #6

February 25th 2011

It has been a while since I last posted an entry as I have entered the deadline zone. This happens twice a year in the lead up to the Bologna Book Fair in the spring and also the Frankfurt Book fair in the autumn. All the publishers have the same deadline and if you have two books to churn out the pressure can really crank up. I have the Mouse and Moon picture book and a board book to do. I have started both and now I am in juggling hell. I get up at 7.15am, which I might add is unusual for me, and at my desk by 8am then work probably until 7pm. I will also be working on Saturday and some other weekends. The publisher of the board book wanted some changes to the pencil roughs last week which I had to tell them was too late for one of them as I had already done the artwork. An extra bear is no small change, so I had to tell them that was not possible unless we ruined the artwork or I did it again. I had to put my foot down with them because the deadline for this is soon. Smaller changes like extra bleed (making image bigger around the edges) are easy to do. Throwing a hissy fit but sounding reasonable and flexible at the same time is a bit tricky.

I have also been trying out some new Daler-Rowney soft pastel colours and pastel pencils. I love the Pansy Violet and used it for some flowers. My mouse is the DR Autumn Brown and Raw Sienna range which made him lovely and golden.



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