I’ve been working on tight pencilling my rough draft of "The Wish.”
Check out the website for a teaser excerpt from the story here.
Shelley took her story and my drawings to a few publishing seminars for feedback.
Both were well received and we were given a lot of encouragement to publish the book.
“Everybody, including me, thought the rough drawings were the finished pieces!
But, Ger had other ideas,” says Shelley, author of the little story.
“When I see the finished pencil drawings, I realize that Ger is right. When he read the story,
he knew what he wanted to portray on each page.”
Below are the before and after examples of “The Wish” pencils.
See what you think!
Ger changed Bernard's eyes and sofened his features and gave the gooey things in puddles more animation and life.
Ger continued his new "look" for Bernard and also the look of The Wish.
It looks more like a big fluff in his new version.
This is my favourite change. The detail in Bernard's little face shows the expression of hope and "wishful" thinking.
Again, keeping Bernard's new features the same from one panel to the next takes patience and talent.
Ger has plenty of both.
The details of the characters along with the wish fluff and the background are much more vivid in the new panel. Being able to see Gramma's softened eyes and expression brings the reader closer to Gramma and Bernard in this shot.
How to create a white fluff on a white background wasn't an easy task. Ger tried a few different
types of wishes before coming up with this look.
We had an agent in New York for a little while. She was "enchanted" with the story and pictures. However, she had never tried her hand selling a book for children. We were her first shot. Unable to find a publisher, she said that the children's book genre is the most difficult to break into, and decided she would concentrate on something easier. She "wished" us well. During our conversations with the agent, we were told to stop creating the pictures because some may or may not be used in the book.
Because of Gerhard's long background in self publishing, we are going to finish the drawings and publish on our own.