During my Christmas vacation in 2009, I got serious about writing and illustrating a good story. I began to collect ideas and add them to my proverbial peg board. Proverbial? Imaginary? Whatever… The neat thing about retaining a list of ideas (even if it’s only in your head) is that they tend to get better with time. Some ideas need to stay in the cooker for a while.
In February or March, I came up with a scenario that worked for me. It went like this: A married couple, both world-famous opera singers, discover that they are expecting a child. Their dreams for the baby are off the charts. They imagine their child to be the most amazing singer ever. Finally, their daughter is born and grows up to be a nice little girl. But, to her parents horror, the child is not only tone-deaf, she has the voice of a foghorn.
What would life be like for that little girl? How would she deal with that kind of expectation and disappointment?
Obviously, the idea of a neckless giraffe wasn’t far behind. Soon, I got to know Audrey, her parents, and her friends Nelson (an accident-prone aardvark) and Doodle (an oversized hyrax).
Much like it is when I compose music, writing this book was like having creative constipation (pardon the comparison). On my family vacation in June, I forced myself to write a couple of pages every day. In the meantime, I started coming up with character designs for Audrey and her friends.
Once the book was written and the copy finalized,
I used my Wacom tablet and Corel Painter to generate really rough sketches like this.
Then, with some final color corrections for print, we put it all together!
Cont. Tomorrow! Post/Review of NECKLESS THE Audrey Amaka STORY
Thanks Brent for Part I and II of High Hopes!!!
Patricia aka Mamaw