I finished the coloring of the cover page I've been working on, more or less. Normally I know if a piece of art is working but I've stared at this page too long, I just can't tell. About half of the page features a little creek. I'm usually good with water but here I'm stuck a bit. I'm reasonably sure it needs only a few effects for finishing touches, but it's like the final image is in the corner of my mind and I can't focus on it. I think I'll go through all my comics and look for inspiration.
This is neither commissioned work nor fanart... first time in ages. This is a kids book project of my own which I intend to shop around soon and I feel like it has to turn out 100% perfect. I'm way more relaxed when I'm working for a client.
Also a tad worried because it's a pop-up book, and I imagine those are a hard sell. It can't be a coincidence that most of the pop-up books I've seen here were licensed from the US or UK. I love what I got so far, and designing the 3D elements was the most fun and satisfying work I've done in a long, long time. I feel like this is my *thing*. Even in high school I was mostly tinkering in 3D, the only drawings I did were in class. I drew through all my classes. But at home I made models.
Anyway, so I love the pop-up thing but now that the dummy is almost complete, I'm thinking that before I send it out, I might also write an alternative version of this story that would work in good old 2D. Because ultimately I want to illustrate one of my own kids stories for once.
Also, my back hurts because I sat hunched over my desk and it's been raining all day and I haven't had any workout today and bleh, weather, either go all-out winter or springy, please. Not... this!
Found a download for Hansel and Gretel which dl'd super-fast, and the picture isn't half bad either. But the sound is awful and it's not full length. Now I'm torn because this movie is exactly what I want on this rainy day, but I don't want to waste my first viewing on a bad copy.
I shall be patient. (But the opening credits rock, I can already tell.)
Wow, that got rambly. :D
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- art is fun but not easy...