As I mentioned the other day, I've been working on quite a few writing projects recently. Between ideas for my YA novel and working on a bunch of children's books, I have a lot to keep me busy. But not everything comes easily to me...
Illustrations, on the other hand, have always been a weakness for me. When I was younger, I couldn't draw anything. I could always envision things in my mind but had no way to get them onto paper. As I got older, I realized that I could draw a little if I looked at something while drawing. It wasn't the best solution, but it allowed me to have a little artistic creativity; once I had a basic concept for a drawing, I would be able to embellish without still staring at a model.
Now, I have illustrated two children's books and I'm halfway through my third. I'm proud of the work I have done, but I can't say that the illustrations weren't extremely difficult. Writing the books took time, sure, because there's an entire writing process through which to work. The illustrations, however, take way longer than they should because they don't come easy to me.
I think that if I had enough money to hire an illustrator, I would have quite a few more children's books published already. It wouldn't take me so long to finish a book, and I would have more freedom to write about a plethora of subjects. Right now, working as my own illustrator, I've been limiting my writing subjects to things that I can illustrate. Dolls, toys, shapes, etc. are concepts that I can work with; I guess I don't have a high standard set for myself in these drawings because they are childlike and, therefore, don't need to be drawn like a professional artist would draw something. Maybe it's all in my head, because children to whom I've shown my work find joy in my illustrations, but I'm still nervous about what else I'll be able to draw.
I really hope that I can continue to work on my weaknesses and hone my strengths to make for a better book-making experience. I have no plans to stop writing and illustrating anytime soon... I can't wait to see what else I can create in the future!
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