Shayla’s book is already advanced enough to think about cover image. Shayla decided on the front cover there will be poor homeless shopping cart with his luggage in a blanket on the stick (please, don’t ask me what are shopping cart’s favourite possessions! I don’t know, and I think Shayla doesn’t know too! But this way the cart does look lonely, doesn’t he?). The homeless cart should be looking at the racing event poster. In the end of the book the cart and racing car are friends. Here’s the first sketchy version of the scene.
Today is 20th, so I have finished background and listed this mouse on eBay. 20th is eBay day. It helps to have fixed date, or some drawings could wait forever, unfinished. Interesting: lately eBay gives me points for my seller’s activities. A month ago my score was “average” and now is “above standard” (?). I list 3-4 drawings every month, same way and almost always at the same price, so how have I made this progress? Just like my dad was promoted to higher rank as a reserve officer every ten years or so, without any effort on his side. Being reserve officer was absolutely last thing he was interested in, but every engineer was registered as one. Nothing could be done about it. I suspect he would stay on the list even if he had run away to West Berlin, jumping through the famous wall.
Many more animals this week, forest and farm ones. One of stories is about unhappy Palomino horse who hated its job in circus. I should read this to Basia, she would be deeply moved. No grass! And so much hard work! Basia consideres trotting to be hard work, and she has already forgotten all about galloping. At her age she’s much too wise to hurry up.
Long time, since I was here! Most of the time I was drawing the mysterious Halloween-style illustrations that I’m not allowed to show anyone. I lock door when I draw. OK, just joking. There are only four illustrations comissioned so far, but there’s interesting developement of this project: the story will be published as pop-up book, too, and now I’m adjusting my illustrations to “3D” version. In practice I need to redraw them completely,so that each page would fit the template with cutting and folding lines I’ve drawn before (results of home tests are positive, so I hope this will work!). Lot’s of trouble with this pop-up book, but it’s fun. There are also plans for a new book about animals. I don’t know much about this book yet, but so far I like what I was told about this job. LIttle animals drawn in Milne’s books style! Sounds promising.
The Panda clipart is a little extra thing I did last week, but it seems that this drawing will stay in a drawer. No, not in drawer: it’s going to decorate my blog. So I haven’t lost time.