Tuesday, July 31, 2012

YouShouldYouShould: Character Design - Possum, Giraffe, Bird, Croc, etc! Any tips?

For newcomers who don't know yet, this story is already scheduled to be published by "Familius."

Here is what I've got for my other characters so far!  I think they're fun.  :)  

The tricky part is keeping a consistent style throughout, making them all look like they are coming from the same artist.  The design of these guys ended up coming out geometricky, if that makes sense.  It's a lot about shape, if you notice.  Hope you like them!

Feel free to let me know what you think!  Good or bad.









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Monday, July 30, 2012

YouShouldYouShould: ReWorking the Ending--any help?



Re-working the last 2 pages... any thoughts?  I took out 6 lines from page 30, because otherwise it would have been too much text in comparison to the rest of the story.  They were important, but slightly irrelevant and not absolutely necessary.

Now my questions are:

1.  On page 30, is the word bizarre too complicated for young children?  

2.  Does it seem like the hippo calling the others seemingly "bizarre" is a step backward after the lesson we just learned from the story?

3.  On the final line, which fits better?
"I am happy to be me"
or
"I am glad to just be me"
or
"I am best when I am me"
or
"I am choosing to be me."

4.  (5 hours later) WHAT ABOUT THIS for pg 30???--I wrote brand new last 2 lines:


Upside down is not for me,
and I don’t like to climb, you see.
Today I think that I would rather
swim and watch the fishes gather.
As I float on my backside,
you’re welcome to come catch a ride.
I won't say “You should you should!”
I'll let you choose it, if you would.
We're different, true, from near and far.
But I like you the way you are.

Original:

[page 30—focus on hippo talking to all animals]
Upside down is not for me,
and I don’t like to climb, you see.
Today I think that I would rather
swim and watch the fishes gather.
As I float on my backside,
you’re welcome to come catch a ride.
But I won't say “You should you should!”
I'll let you choose it, if you would.

I like you all the way you are.
Even if you seem bizarre.

[page 31—in the water, animals riding on hippo's tummy off into the sunset]
Even more importantly,
I am happy to be me. (I am glad to just be me)  (I am best when I am me) (I am choosing to be me)

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Thursday, July 19, 2012

You Should You Should: The Story

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Now, time to share my story!

This book targets problems associated with low self-esteem, shyness, people pleasing, dealing with being bullied or bossed around, toxic relationships, developing the self, helping kids learn to be assertive, fear of expressing feelings wants and needs, difficulty recognizing one's own feelings wants and needs, etc.  Social anxiety, depression, codependency, addiction, and their psychological effects.  And yes, this book is very therapeutic for me.  :)  (I'll talk more about that later)

I'd love to know which lessons you pick up in this story, and how it affects you.  If you comment well on which parts of the story taught you which lessons the way you interpret them, you can help me know how to write the "discussion tips for parents" page at the end.


You Should You Should

Written and (being) Illustrated by Ginny Tilby

(All blue text:  Hippopotamus)

(Possum):
You shouldn't do THAT.


Instead, you should climb this tree
and dangle upside-down with me.
It’s so much fun, don't you agree?
This is the way that you should be.
You should, you should!
I should? Okay.
If you say.

I guess I'll swim another day.

(Flamingo):
When you walk, try this you see.
Throw your toes up high and free.
Lift your chin, and stretch your wing.
A walk like mine is just the thing.

Should I?
Yes, try.
Like this?
Reach high.
This walk is hard, I don’t know why.
I should be able! ...Shouldn’t I?

(Lightning Bug):
You probably want a dance that's new.
Here's the perfect prance for you.
Spin and spin and spin around
until your feet float off the ground.
Spin spin! Like me.
You should, you see.
You should, you should!
You should like me.
I should?
But I...
Okay, fine.

I guess your dance is best.
Not mine.

(Bird):
You look hungry. Come and eat!
You should peck-peck-peck this treat
instead of your big messy CHOMP.
Go on! Peck-peck! Like me. Don’t chomp.
Don’t chomp? Okay.
I should obey.
I want you to like me.
I’ll peck-peck away.

Peck-peck . . .

KER-SPLAT!
I was afraid of that.

(Monkey):
Hey there friend. You like to sing?
I'll help you sing the sweetest thing.
Open wide and sing like me:
OO! OO!
AH! AH!
EE! EE! EE!
You should, you should!
I should? Okay.
It’s not my day.

I guess I'll sing like you.
Your way.

(Crocodile):
Wear this hat! You must, you must!
I'm an expert you can trust.
We'll toss this frumpy lump away.
You really must. You must, I say.
I must? Okay.
I won't delay.

Good bye old hat that Mother made,
looks like I found a better trade.

(Giraffe):
Oh my, your spot! That spot won't do.
I've got the spot that's best for you.
My friend, you should not wear that spot!
Take it off! You really ought.

I ought?
You ought.
But...
But what?
But I cannot!

(giraffe tries to pull spot off poor hippo's back)

STOP!

I LIKE my spot.

I like my hat!

I don't want to sing like that.
I prefer my LA LA LA!
Not oo oo, ee ee, OR ah ah.

If I peck-peck, I'll make a mess.
But I can CHOMP with sweet success!

Spinning does not help my feet,
for my feet dance to a different beat.

I like your walk, but that's for you.
I have a walk that's my own too.

Upside down is not for me,
and I don’t like to climb, you see.
My head is large. My legs are short. 
My skin is rough. Sometimes I snort.
I don’t grow hair. I don't have wings.
I like to do some different things.
I like to eat. I love a nap.
Sometimes I like to finger-snap.
Today I think that I would rather
swim and watch the fishes gather.
As I float on my backside,
you’re welcome to come catch a ride.
But I won't say “You should you should!”
I'll let you choose it, if you would.

I like you all the way you are
even if you seem bizarre.
But even more importantly,
I am happy to be me.

[page 32—tips for parents on how to teach concepts using different parts of the story]

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Sketches N Doodles: New Blog Page

I just added a new page to my blog up top there, see it?  It's called "Sketches N Doodles."  I invite you to have a look see!

One of my favorite places to go when I'm viewing artist's work is their pure pencil drawings and sketches.  I love seeing the lines, the mistakes, and the character it give each drawing.  You can see where the artist pushed and pulled a line until it was in the right place, then darkened it to fit to their satisfaction of shape, form, and detail.

Sketches also give away what the artist really loves to draw, especially if it's just the stuff they draw for fun, with no job or assignment given.  You get a glimpse of personality, sense of humor, what they think about, and their imagination.

The drawings posted in this page WERE actually an assignment from the amazing Don Seegmiller, but the assignment was, "Don't erase, draw what you WANT, and have fun."



Friday, July 6, 2012

YouShouldYouShould: Character Design - HIPPO (and some story boarding)

***I'd love to receive helpful input.  Feel free to post comments and thoughts you'd like to share.  For example:  "I think the hippo in the bottom left corner on page 7 is the best, but maybe his nose is too small" or "I hate the hippo on page 9, too fat, what were you thinking!"***

As you probably know, this is the first time I've illustrated a book.  I was all set to start making a dummy book, but then did some quick research and realized I was skipping a couple important steps... Oops!

1.  "Getting to know your character"  =  draw your character over and over until you've got him down.

So I was drawing my main character and realized I still wasn't satisfied with him, so I researched hippos AGAIN and drew and redrew him some more.  Now I have even more "looks" to play around with and choose from!  Which means I'm coming closer to the perfect Hippopotamus, but also means I have more work to do.

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 At this point I started thinking about relating characters to their audience, and wondered if I could give him features that make him look younger.  So I looked up baby hippos and tried altering things a little.
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 Do you see the cow??  Sometimes drawings don't come out like we want.
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Then the other step I skipped:

2.  Storyboarding = drawing out the whole story's design in small sequential "thumbnails."  Page by page.  The standard page number amount for picture books is 32 pages.  Because of the copyright info, dedications, title page, etc.... the actual story usually doesn't start til page 3, 4, or 5.  A successful book has a variety of scenes.  Up close, far away, multiple characters, one character, different environments, etc.  This is also a good time to start thinking about where the text can belong, and how it can interact with the pictures.  As Julie Olson said, this is the hardest, most important and intensive part of the whole process.  This requires the most thinking, planning, designing, doing and redoing, redesigning, etc.  But once this part is done and done well, the rest is much easier from here.  The rest is just actually doing the real thing.

This is what I have so far.  They're a little "sketchy" and messy because these are just a rough start.  The last half of the story is still being edited, and the decisions about which text belongs on which pages will decipher how to design the following pages and I can't move forward until that part is finalized.  So, until then, I can work on more character design!


Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Speed Painting by Will Terry

This is one of my favorite (who'm I kidding, it IS my VERY favorite) speed painting videos.  I watch this over and over and over. Will Terry is my art professor at UVU (and awesome children's book illustrator of awesomeness), and I've been extremely privileged to learn from him.  At home, whenever I sit down to paint in acrylic and feel unsure, I pull up a few of his speed paint videos and take mental notes.  Enjoy!!  (first, see link below)


I prefer watching it on VIMEO instead at this link:  http://vimeo.com/10034343#at=0  (better music-very important to me)