Have you met Ben and Andy? This past month Ben invited Andy and me to join him for a project, illustrating the Hobbit, a challenge as exciting as terrifying, to the point that I took a whole day to think if I should join them or chicken out, but the possibilities are endless, the growth assured and honestly I've been craving a group challenge with close friends for almost 2 years now and Ben&Andy are the perfect partners in crime, so it's a yes, even if it takes me way out of my comfort zone, so far from it that I can't even see it at all, which is good.
The challenge is finishing 14 illustrations, one every 3 weeks. I started late and planned on catching up by the second mark (the 6th week), I wanted at least to have a final list of all the moments of the book I'd like to illustrate by now, but somehow I'm still rereading the book, still at the middle of it, the good news are that so far I already have 11 scenes.
Also I've just noticed that my book is in spanish and I have no idea which are the original names to most of the creatures and places, or even how are the original descriptions, so who knows how I'm going to put my list of 14 scenes up here without making a fool of myself. That's why I'm gonna tag this whole project as "Codename: BOLSÓN", because Bilbo Baggins in spanish was translated as Bilbo Bolsón, yes, don't even ask...
I didn't get to see Andy at the starting point of this journey, I turned around just on time to see his trail, filling his sketchbook with several thumbs (which I call well developed concepts) and some character designs already. Not long ago Ben took off too with some character designs. I'm still here at the starting point but will follow their lead really soon, I'll make sure they know I'm with them, maybe they won't see my trail but sure will hear me panting somewhere right behind.
Since I have no sketches to share yet I'll set up a couple of personal goals, weaknesses that I hope to improve with this project:
- Character design
- Cohesion in a group of paintings - series.
Also I'm rethinking the schedule, this last year I've been reading a lot about how to create a picture book and a lot of illustrators have in common one procedure, instead of making each page from start to finish and then go to the next one they work on all the pages at the same time, advancing one stage at a time. I think that's a really smart way to keep things cohesive so that's made me rethink my approach here. Instead of 1 finished illustration every 3 weeks I´d like to spend the first ones getting a cohesive group of scenes and start painting them only when I have all the base drawings for the illustrations nailed. Then finish each illustration in full color in one or 2 weeks instead of 3, that would balance the overall schedule. Of course that's just an idea that I still have to ponder, and yes, this is me getting all cocky when I haven't even finished rereading the book and the first 3 weeks mark has already past, hmmm...
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