It's a new year and I plan to make it a great one! A while back I had this idea for a cute story. A love story. I got into the development process early. I think I even mentioned it a few times on this very blog without really revealing a single thing. I would talk about how it was not a WIWL story and I was trying new things with this book to help me develop as an artist.
I ran into problems where I was getting ahead of myself. I was already thinking about how it was going to get printed when I didn't have anything to print. I worried a lot about the end result, how well it would be received and if it would take me an arm and leg to produce. I was thinking of who I could pitch it to, what publishers should I submit it to and if it's good enough to get accepted. I got so caught up on the business end of making a book that the
creative process never really got to shine. So I refocused and just
started making pages. I really dug what I was doing and I was nervous about it but in that excited way. It was a different kind of story using different tools to tell it. Then something truly amazing happened.
WIWL started to really find it's legs and I had such strong ideas for the series that I didn't want to slow down it's momentum. I created When You Were Little and Coloring When I Was Little. My convention appearances doubled and I got to meet with so many great comic and book creators. I sat amongst some truly amazing artists. Artists that I admire. I chatted with kids who have read the books and really liked them. I got a chance to develop a kid's drawing program based on the series.
All the while I had this little book in the back of my mind. I never lost interest in it and I was a bit sad that I put it on the back burner for so long. I decided as this year was coming to an end that I would finish this book. I will worry about how I can get it out to the world, to you, when that time comes. For now, I want to pick up where I left off and just finish making the pages.
So here is a look at my new book. It's called Heart.