I'll be sharing some blog posts about the making of SMALL. It's been a long road! Today, I'm sharing one particular spread that survived (but changed drastically) from an early version of the book.
I really loved the sketch above. So much so, that I chose it as one of two spreads to paint for the completed dummy. It was a big, gouache painting that took a long time to complete. I also sent it out as a promotional postcard.
When I revised the dummy, I kept the overall concept of this spread, but so many things changed - this was the sketch I submitted and was accepted when little bee books acquired SMALL.
For one thing, the character looks different, stylistically. But really, the whole scene is far more active and dramatic. She is no longer content to be small on this busy street, but a little scared and surprised. All traffic is moving in opposition to her, and we can almost hear the HONK! HONK! of the drivers. NOTE: This is the terrible, loose, messy sketch I sent when I submitted (and sold) my book. I have cringed when I have seen other artists' tightly rendered, meticulous dummies. Find a balance that is right for you!
This is the final art as it appears in the book. Notice all the changes from the approved sketch? I needed to include her mother, be more mindful of the gutter, push the HONK! HONK!, etc. I have switched to working entirely on a Cintiq, and I may have spent LESS time painting this final art than the earlier example. Have I mentioned how much I love my Cintiq?
When I look back, I can see just how much I benefitted from reworking and pushing my ideas. I am so proud of the final art and grateful that I had the time to mature as an artist before publishing a story that is so dear to me.