This is the first post in which I will discuss the process and production of the art for my first children's book, The Months (Lobster Press).
"The Months" was written by poet Sara Coleridge. Lobster Press felt "The Months" was a perfect candidate for their "Read Me A Poem" series ("...in which traditional poetry is given a contemporary twist" - LP.)
When we started working on this project, together we brainstormed ideas for each spread/poem stanza. The art needed to completely work with the text, matching the text - - but ultimately we wanted to add a little extra something, as well. We wanted to amend the text with additional visual story which would marry perfectly with the text, but would also supply additional story information for the reader. Some of this story information would work on an individual spread basis, and some of it would be a recurring theme throughout the book, helping to string everything together into a cohesive whole.
This was the first rough idea for the month of January. We did not end up going with this composition, but I do love the composition - I like it's simplicity and directness - and and I think it has a lot of potential. I will likely do a finished piece using this composition in the future.