I picked up my illustrations from Elsie yesterday. They are beautiful! She has perfectly captured Leaf’s story.
Here’s a sneak peek of the cover.
Elsie took my vague swirly lines and “I dunno, something with a leaf, maybe?” ramblings and created this perfect encapsulation of what Leaf is all about. It still gives me goosebumps!
This morning Elsie and I took the illustrations to my son’s class. Elsie explained her creative process from the moment I first approached her to the completion of the last picture. And then we unveiled the paintings. The students were just as blown away by them as I was. It was so neat to hear the collective sigh when they saw the moonlit winter scene – it was the exact same sigh I gave when I first saw it yesterday.
Here’s a piece of that picture (my scanner won’t fit the whole image).
It is sigh-worthy, isn’t?
I’ve been working with Georgie Perigny’s Grade 6 class since December.
Let me just pause here to tell you about Georgie Perigny. We are so blessed that Jacob has had the opportunity to be in her class this year. She is a passionate, engaging teacher who is constantly striving to bring learning alive for our children. She has invited more speakers into to her class in the last 7 months than Jacob has experienced in his education to date. Those adults, often people the children know from the community, help to ground their learning in the “real” world. Our children hit the jackpot when they were placed in her class this year. Thank you, Georgie!
Back to the story – I’ve been explaining my self-publishing process and working with the students as they prepare their own stories for publication. We started before the Christmas break with a session on how writers get ideas. It was suggested that they keep their ears and eyes open and pay attention to their “I wonder” and “what if” thoughts over the holidays to see what ideas might want to become stories. They started writing when they got back in January and last Friday, after a few edits, were finally ready to start illustrating their stories.
So Elsie’s announcement that she was done was perfect timing for me and for the class.
I’m so glad I was able to share this whole process with Georgie’s students. (It’s a special bonus that one of them happens to be my son.) It will be delightful to lug in a carton of hot-off-the-press books, open it with great ceremony . . . and do the happy dance together.
So . . . only three more steps to go.
1. Scan the paintings onto a disk.
2. Send the paintings and the text to Lori Nunn, my book designer in Canmore.
3. Send the completed book design to my printer, Blitzprint.
Guess I better think about ordering the cake for the book launch!
What do you think? Chocolate or vanilla?