Monday, August 06, 2007

Finally out of the belly!!

Hi girls,

Sorry to say I wasn't able to finish my crits last week. I will do them tonight so take a peek. On another note here's the second to last illo in the book. It comes after last week's piece with the ginormic uvula. It's pretty self explanatory, I hope, and of course am curious to know your thoughts on any of it. Granny has vacated the wolf's belly and is esctatic to be reunited with Red. I was trying to think of a different perspective for this piece and figured Red would look neat reflected on granny's glasses. I'm off to take the kids to the movies and pizza at the mall so I'm not going to blab too much. Hope everyone had a great weekend and enjoyed the sun like I did!! Happy Blogging qand keep up the great work.


  1. Wow! I love the reflection of Red in Granny's glasses. What a great idea. I think this one turned out awesome!
    The only thing I would think about is the text. It gets a little hard to read with in the illustration. Maybe fade the area where the text is so it's easier to see?
    Anyway, this turned out really very nice!

  2. I agree with Brenda regarding the text.
    WOW, this one's great! Love all her wrinkles(especially around her mouth, and the faces on the glasses is a COOL idea! LOVE it.

    I'm being really picky now. You went to all that trouble to make grandma and the hunter look so detailed and realistic, yet grandma's frock seems kinda flat. Can we see some detail in that lace coller please ?

    Wonderful job, pat yourself on the back for this one!

  3. Giselle - I love grannies glasses-
    great idea and solution.
    Is this the very last piece? In away, I'd like to see one more of grandma embracing Red - (following this one), even if it's just a little tiny illustration on the very last page - the reads, the end.
    Just food for thought - I really do like this image! Have fun - Chris

  4. Hi Chris,

    Thanks. Just wanted to say that we must be on the same wavelength because no this isn't the last piece. I have ,like you suggested, the granny and Red embracing one last time on the next/last page!

  5. Giselle -
    I forgot to answer your question from my post regarding whether to send a cover letter or query first?
    So far I only sent one query out, and that was because that one publisher takes query letter's for picture book manscripts, but, hopefully that will change soon, and they'll start looking at unsolicited dummies again. I did get a nice rejection letter though (it was my first query ever, so I'm not surprised).
    Most children's publishers, however, want a cover letter, both the manuscript, (typed seperate) and the dummy (with text), along with 2 or 3 finished illustrations. So, that's my next step. I have a couple of ideas of publishers and possibly an agent, but, I'm focusing on the getting the dummy and finished paintings - picture perfect, (lot's of tweaking, stepping back, tweaking again,) or at least as close to perfect as I can get before sending it out.
    Hope this helps. Good luck with everything - and yes, there is a light at the end of the tunnel, as long as it's not train, all is good. :) Best, Chris

  6. Giselle, this piece rocks! I just love it! I'm so envious of those hands, they're so hard and you really did a great job. I see what they're saying about the text over the arms but I don't think I'd worry about it too much personally, not for a dummy at least and not if this won't isn't going to be painted for the dummy. If this gets picked up the book designer and art director will help you with that or take care of that. I was suprised with my own book how often I was told that certain things were their job and not to worry about it. So for now I'd say lovely as is! Oh, but I would shade her collar in a bit as Lisa said. But that's all. :)

    Great job!! -Gina