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Hey, 4 Outta 7 Ain’t Bad

Not exactly Meat Loaf, huh?

So, the 6 hours in the car turned out to be closer to 7 and for the first 2 and a bit I was pretty much useless. I had the binder and sketchbook in my lap, pencil in hand, but it was a fight to keep my eyes open. A fight I lost over and over again.

Then, suddenly, about an hour from our destination, ‘bing!’ open were my eyes, engaged was my mind, and I started filling up those pages with little spot illustrations.

And then, on the way home, when I’m usually out as soon as we hit the highway? Totally awake and drawing/editing until we hit the Tallahassee city limits. Most of the time with my little book light clipped to the binder. A total reverse from, oh, every other car trip I’ve ever been on, but there you go!

Chapter 2 is now illustrated and Chapter 3 is mostly edited. In fact, I hope to finish the editing tonight once I finish this post. By the time we got home and got dinner in us (totally splurged on Five Guys Burgers and Fries–oh, the indulgence after a day on the road!) we were zonked, and Sunday and after was filled with major to-dos for Character Cocktail partnering with a friend’s book launch. It’s been a hectic week.

One thing I’ve noticed, though, getting back on subject: Chapter 3 doesn’t call for nearly as many spot illos as Chapters 1 and 2 did. Granted, it’s a lot of casseroles and such and there’s just not a bunch of truly visual fiddly bits.

I’m not sure how I feel about this, really. I kinda wanted every page to have some sort of illustration on it, but maybe that’s overkill? Maybe it would be more noise than signal at that point? Obviously I won’t know until I start actually putting pages together, and that’s still a couple/few weeks away. And I’d rather have illos that I didn’t need and just not put them in than have to go back and do a lot of filler later.

Maybe I should be more concerned that I don’t have a cover concept in mind, hmm?

Oh well, until next time!

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