Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Sunny day? Rainy day?

Hmmm.... grey when I woke up, sunny when I decided to take a trip into town to do some museum research, grey again now that I'm ready to go out the door...

I had a lovely worky day yesterday, doing what I think I do best - working out a dummy book. It's the sort of work that I can do just about any time, whether I feel inspired or not, and I always enjoy it. How does a character animate from one page to the next? Where on the page should they be, and in which position, so it feels natural from the last page and to the next? How does time pass from the left-hand page to the right and what is the perfect expression to pick from the range of expressions the character is going through during this scene?

So today I feel like working on a back-burner project, and so I shall... off to the museum with my sketchbook in a min.

Oh, they announced the Big Read ten best illustrators award and Alexis got into the ten winners - Yayyyy!! I got to think of some sort of celebration, I already bought a bunch Beegu-yellow flowers yesterday. I'm not miffed I didn't win - a lot of my favourite people didn't. And it would have been VERY odd to be named best new illustrator for the two books I've got out already... pretty odd and nice to be on the longlist!

Here's the whole lot - Longlist and winners - on Guardian Online.

5 comments:

Jennifer said...

Hi Viviane- I've enjoyed your blog for a while now-- found it through Eric's. Recently took out a few of your books from the library and love them! (And no, this is NOT an April Fool's joke!) Have a happy one, though.
:-)

Eric Orchard said...

Congratulations to Alexis!

Viviane Schwarz said...

Yayy... welcome and thanks!

Stephanie Roth said...

They have good taste at this Guardian list place! and , ahem, I still have the virginal unsigned pages of both of those books here waiting for your signature...

Viviane Schwarz said...

It's true, Steph! I can't wait to get that passport, and get it stamped! ... Do they still stamp passports? - Anyway!