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Sharing the View

A web page for sharing images and ideas about the creative process and the making of an illustrated book for children.

Mom's Hands

A story should have a beginning, a middle, and an end . . . but not necessarily in that order.
— Jean Luc Goddard

Progress is ongoing with this little book, although not as quickly as I would like. Most of my activity recently has involved laying out the book's pages as a maquette, pacing the story, writing and re-writing. So not too much drawing, and maybe a bit too much thinking. Let's break for some sketching, which is always fun.


My mother has arthritis, and that has made her adjust how she does things, especially with her hands which have changed somewhat in their shape and how her joints move. She was kind enough to model for me and showed me how she does things now, like peeling potatoes, picking up coins from her desk, and carrying small items like water bottles. While drawing her hands I think of the challenges of aging, which will play a part in this book.  There will be a character that struggles with a number of physical challenges that I aim to depict in a respectful way. 

To refine the maquette I'll produce rough drafts of the illustrations. There'll likely be eighty or so illustrations in the book, so there is quite a bit of drawing in my near future.  Onward!

(And thanks, Mom.)

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Jeffrey Warden