I’ve learned volumes since working to educate myself on picture books and writing in general. Lately, I began to assess my children’s story LUCCI- The No Smoochie Poochie, which I self-published in 2012.
Though LUCCI has been well-received as a great bedtime story, I began picking my ‘primitive’ illustrations apart. I focused mainly on the ‘photo’ heads (my nieces and nephew), and started toying with the idea of re-illustrating several pages in the book (wishing I could do the entire book).
A family artist sketched cute faces for me, and I planned on using Photoshop to update the book. It’s a program I know nothing about, but figured I could teach myself to get the job done. I planned on devoting
the rest of the year this weekend to work on the project.
However, on Tuesday, I discovered an interesting announcement. Marisol Misenta aka ISOL, the winner of the ($780,000) Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award for children’s literature, uses child-like drawings which she says reflects her desire to show readers that it’s OK to break the rules.
I liked reading that! Many reviewers, say the art in LUCCI works well with the story. Children to whom I’ve read the story have said many times, “I could draw this!” (*wink* little do they know a big ‘ole grownup drew them.)
After educating myself reading industry news, I decided that I just might leave the drawings alone!