Wrapping Up a Project

But how do you know when you are finished with an illustrated project, especially when the deadline is still out there?

Ee-Oh-Lay! What Do Birds Say?

It’s been a couple of years since I worked on illustrations for a picture book, the last one being my first graphic novel for young readers, called Sir Pants-a-Lot and Squire Mousekins: The Girl With the Golden Hair. That book, which took about a gazillion hours to complete, was illustrated by tracing scanned line drawings…

What’s done is never done.

I’ve reached the 9th and final spread of the first book, but that doesn’t mean the book is done. This is the time when I tweak a lot, add things I forgot (like that hillside, or those shadows, or those flower stems), and sometimes, I’ll completely revise an entire spread or two. Or three. Here…