After three years, my story about 'Peggy' the small brave chicken who is blown into the city, is on her way to be printed. Due for release in September 2012 - so long to wait that long to hold the book in my hand! In the meantime I couldn't help myself and have printed some postcards to hand out at whim! So here is a detail of one a spread from the book.
I thought it would be also be fun to show some of the process that brought Peggy's story to life.
It all began on a windy day in Melbourne when I was worried our little bantam hens would blow over the fence! ............hmmmmm that sounds like a story!
I asked my children, what would a chicken be doing when she is playing in her yard.
'Bouncing on a trampoline' said Sam without hesitation, and so she did.
I worked on a storyboard.
And collected pictures that 'felt' like the book looked in my mind.
I began to paint, sculpt, sew, knit and draw.
I took photos in the city, some very early in the morning - a new way of creating images for me was emerging, very exciting!
Up until this point I have been playing with colour. It is time to begin the final illustrations
Just a peep. . .we have to wait until September to see the final artwork all together in the book!
And lastly the cover and typography, which deserves another post alone devoted to it at a later date.
The images above look simple gathered together but have been distilled from moments of anxiety, happiness, self doubt and joy over three years.
It is Peggy's story.