BLOBS #93 RESULTS

Happy Friday! How did character creating go for you? I waited again until late Thursday night to figure these out. Which is really the norm now. This past week I finished up revising a picture book dummy that went through a major story overhaul. Months in the making. I finally got it ready to query a particular agent, and spent hours and hours crafting the submission. The hardest part is next. Hitting SEND. Then the 2nd hardest part - waiting. I usually have to force myself to snap out of all the query-opening-scenarios running through my head and MOVE ON! This weekly blog helps me do that. Here's a quick peek at a before and after page from the two dummies...

                Old page

                Old page

                 New page!

                 New page!

Big difference. Now, on to character designs!

A look at my CREATE A CHARACTER sheet at the start and finish. I think it's fun seeing blank blobs fill up with characters and details.

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A closer look at each...

                       AMY'S (A PUPPY POP)  

                       AMY'S (A PUPPY POP)  

            AMY'S (BABY PREFERS TO BEAR CRAWL)

            AMY'S (BABY PREFERS TO BEAR CRAWL)

                    AMY'S (FRUIT LOVING BOY HAVING A SNACK ON GUINEA PIG BEAN BAG)

                    AMY'S (FRUIT LOVING BOY HAVING A SNACK ON GUINEA PIG BEAN BAG)

This one and Baby Bear got me moving. I had fun with the details of fruit loving boy, because how sweet would it be to see more voraciously fruit eating 7 year olds out there? The bottom shape fell into place once I felt like I needed to find a body for him. Adding fruity details to his shirt and lunchbox started to pull things together. I couldn't decide what type of shoes he should be wearing. My first thought were tennis shoes! He needs his natural sugar and carb intake to stay active, right?  But since he was sitting on a guinea pig bean bag, I wondered if he kind of had to be indoors. Maybe a library or classroom. That made me want to put something cozier on him like slippers. But, in school? A regular day just turned into PJ day. This boy is in his fruit jammies. Or wait - fruit JAMs! He may need a vegetable loving friend?

As for Baby Bear. Picturing a stubborn baby is not so hard. This little girl prefers to crawl- the Bear way. She could be a lover of all things Bear. Maybe it starts with a little Bear lovey she gets one day. More and more bear things are requested....bear clothes, bear stories, hair to be worn in bear-tails. Which made me wonder...what DO bear tails look like. More here on that one.

I cleaned up her pose to add more drama in my design phase. And here's a quick color study of Baby Bear...

I hope you enjoyed today's results. Thanks for checking in!