Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Bright Ideas

Do you ever wonder where all your ideas wander off to? I do. I’m pretty sure most of my better ideas sneak off and have pizza parties and don’t invite me.

I’m working on a picture book these days. It’s called Julia’s House and it’s about a little girl who opens her house up to all the creatures that no one believes in. Dragons, fairies, mermaids, trolls ...and what happens when they all show up.

The story is written (kinda, sorta, mostly) and I’m now making the first tentative steps into the art. This one’s all ink and watercolor. Here’s a color test I did of Julia, the central character of this tale:

29 comments:

Tim Canny said...

Like!

Faith E. Hough said...

Hmmm...maybe there's some crowded Idea hangout where they all go together. Mine have been running off lately as well.
I LOVE the picture book plans. I can't wait to buy it for my girls!

Charlotte (WaltzingM) said...

Julia's House sounds like a delightful story and quite a good idea! Maybe the pizza party is over. I've got some girls who would love to read an adventure like that to their baby sister!

Ben Hatke said...

Charlotte: Hopefully it'll be out before she's reading Jane Austin.

Faith: I bet ideas have some cool secret diner or bar where they all gather and laugh at us.

tatgurl said...

Love this!!! She reminds me of my Daughter. Can't wait till it comes out!

Charlotte (WaltzingM) said...

Blaise would like to know what the creature is that she's looking at.

Katy Manck, MLS said...

Love that Julia is in high-tops! This will be a fabulous picture book - can't wait!!

(and my ideas go hang out in a margarita bar without me, I'm convinced...)

Ben Hatke said...

Charlotte: I'm not sure what that creature is! He's not what I intended to draw, I can tell you that. Sometimes these things take on a life of their own.

Katy: Thanks! My plan is to post some more little progress updates on this book in the coming weeks/months. MARGARITAS!

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Anthony VanArsdale said...

Love those watercolors, Ben! Somehow you can feel the imagination.

Ben Hatke said...

Thanks Anthony! I've still got a blog post about your Zita sculpt and painting waiting in the wings.

I spent a couple days working on the opening page to this book and ended up having to scrap the picture. OH YOU FICKLE WATERCOLORS! It seems like a lot of projects start with some work that never sees the light of day as you try to find your visual footing.

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Heidi Grange said...

Adorable!

Ben Hatke said...

Thanks Heidi!

Cynthia said...

Love it great job!

Carmela Brenzie said...

Hello-Love your work. We are glad to see more Zita! My son Ian said the creature is a bug-bird. Don't you remember that mythological creature? He! He!

Rowan said she can't wait to see what happens to Zita in her next adventure!

Ben Hatke said...

Thanks Carmela! Ah, the mighty bug-bird, nearly as dear to my heart as the glorious gliding mole.

I'll post an update about Zita 3 soon.

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