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The reason why: page 12

The reason why I went to the moon for my birthday, page 12

I haven’t died.

During the last nine months I did a little graphic design project that turned into a massive design project and earned three GCSEs (probably – results day is 20 August). I also rewrote the second half of this book. Twice. I think it is a much stronger story now.

Now I’m back and I’m so happy to be working working on the book again!

Updates may not be weekly quite yet. Over the next week I will be getting the book ready to show to a professional editor that I am planning to hire for a consultation. It may be two or three weeks until the next page but it will definitely be less than nine months.


18 June 2015
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The reason why: page 11

The reason why I went to the moon for my birthday, page 11

Last week I read an interview with new children’s book author Rob Biddulph. In speaking about his drawing process, he said:

It takes quite a bit of sketching to perfect a character, and it’s not until I can draw them in any position and from any angle that I’m ready to get them onto the computer.

That’s a really smart way of working. It would bore me to tears. I work in a really dumb way. I get one good drawing and then assume the next one will work out okay. Last week when I drew the rocket bike from the side, I had no idea how to draw it from an angle. One of my early attempts looked like this:

rocket bike sketch

It was only this morning that I finally figured out how to do it. I’m pretty pleased with the result.

It’s not perfect though. In addition to the usual clean up, this page will require some extra work in Photoshop. Somehow mum ended up with one weird fat leg. I’ll make it match the other one. Also, the plane is shoved too far up into the corner. I will lower in the sky to strengthen and unify the page composition.

I hope you figure out how to do the things you want to do this week.


8 September 2014
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The reason why: page 10

The reason why I went to the moon for my birthday, page 10

This week I start filling some gaps in my education. I’m doing GCSE English, Science and Maths. I’ve also taken on a little graphic design job for a client that I’ve worked with for many years. I will be be busy, but I will do my best to continue giving you a page every week.


1 September 2014
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The reason why: page 9

The reason why I went to the moon for my birthday, page 9

‘Be not afraid of poetry: some are born poets, some achieve poetry and some have poetry thrust upon them.’ —Bruce Willis


25 August 2014
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The reason why: page 8

The reason why I went to the moon for my birthday, page 8

Eagle-eyed readers will have noticed the the trampoline’s jelly is no longer in a tray. Thanks to some input from Caroline, my friend and one of my email subscribers from southern Arizona, I realised that showing the jelly is better than hiding it in a tray. (For readers in US America, jelly = jello.)


23 August 2014
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The reason why: page 7

The reason why I went to the moon for my birthday, page 7

One of the aspects of the artwork that will need the most adjustment is the lettering. Pretty much every bit of the lettering will be adjusted to make the letter, word and line spacing right. I am barely good enough to do the lettering myself, and during the planning phase, I tried a bunch of different fonts. None of them felt right. Only the hand-lettering really seemed to fit. Fortunately, Photoshop allows me to turn my wonky words into lines of tidy type with reasonable speed.


18 August 2014
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The reason why: page 6

The reason why I went to the moon for my birthday, page 6

Cora hasn’t made it to the moon, but if she fulfilled the promise of the title in the first quarter of the book, it wouldn’t be much of a book would it?


18 August 2014
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The reason why: page 5

The reason why I went to the moon for my birthday, page 5

Boing!


11 August 2014
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The reason why: page 4

The reason why I went to the moon for my birthday, page 4

We meet Cora. Sort of. From the back. I realised while working on this page that I have created a rod for my own back with the design of Cora’s trampoline. All those bouncy balls and springs take a long time to draw.


4 August 2014
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The reason why: page 3

The reason why I went to the moon for my birthday, page 3

I learned how to use the scanner this week. I drew a million circles and spirals this week.


4 August 2014
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The reason why: page 2

I haven’t learned how to operate the scanner yet, so this is a photo again. You can see that I did the lettering a a separate piece of paper. I left out a letter on my first try.


28 July 2014
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The reason why: page 1

Page 1 scan

Here I go. The reason why I went to the moon for my birthday page one.

  1. This is supposed to be a scan, but I don’t yet know how to use the fancy dancy A3 network printer/scanner that I have access to, so it’s a photo of the page this week.
  2. I was going to do the book in pencil. Now I’m doing it in ink, and I already like it about 10 times more.
  3. In addition to cleaning up and colouring, a lot of the text spacing needs to be adjusted.
  4. The prettied up version of this book will be available to buy in print and on iPad in 2015.
  5. Please feel free to share your thoughts. Your feedback will make this book better.

Thanks for taking the time to look and read.


21 July 2014
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Starting Monday 21 July 2014: The reason why I went to the moon for my birthday

Last summer I wrote a children’s book. This summer I’m illustrating it. Every Monday I will be posting a page of the book here and on my Tumblr blog and probably on Flickr. The page will just be the raw scan, pre-photoshopping and colouring, but it will give people a chance to enjoy the story and maybe become interested in buying the actual book when it is finished sometime in 2015. It will also give people the opportunity to give feedback. I haven’t got an editor or publisher, but there are a bunch of you, and you are clever and have thoughts, and you might like to share those thoughts with me.


20 July 2014
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