Tuesday, May 7, 2013

You've been down too long in the midnight sea.

Time frame: Still early in the book's development.
Percent of book complete: At this point, all the "photo" drawings were finished, but I hadn't started on the pages yet.

First off: Apologies.  This was supposed to be the Monday post but I was out of town.

Here's the last of the photos.  The genesis of this one came from the fact that I've always been fascinated by the ocean.  It's dark and kind of creepy.  It's full of life of every size from microscopic to gargantuan.  We're still discovering new stuff.  And I've always wanted to explore it.

This desire was (and admittedly still is) partially fueled by "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea".  This is only the first of several references to the classic tale in this book.

This drawing is still one of my favorites.  The lighting is mostly what does it for me.  To be fair, I have no idea where India would get an antique diving helmet.  Even if she had a real one, there's no way she'd be able to lift it.  And if that's a prop she made out of cardboard...well, she's a crazy genius.

But realism is way beside the point in this book.  The reality is elastic.  I'd like to think the emotion of the book is true enough, but the story and the images run wild.  That's a big part of what I love about drawing specifically and children's books in general: They don't have to follow the rules of reality.  In fact, I think there's way more fun to be had if they don't.

I swear by my tattoo.

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