For my second book in the Sketchbook Project, I wanted to do something very different from my first (a strictly ink-drawn narrative that was meticulously planned out prior to creation). I chose to explore 'Go-Between' through creature-creations and environments. My goal was to create something strange and fun that would appeal to both children and adults through not only content, but also a rich layering of material.
I quickly blocked out the entire book with bright colours and large areas of black paint before I returned to the beginning, working one page at a time, using the paint I had previously set down to inform my choice of material and image. I soon became aware that sewing paper onto paper is a finicky task, and that I had to be very careful about how certain mediums interacted, but this was easily the most enjoyable project I've ever worked on. My daughter was a great inspiration (she's an aspiring scientist/explorer/storyteller), and I took a number of her suggestions into consideration: it's thanks to her that my book "absolutely HAD to have unicorns, Mom!" And it does.
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