Thursday, October 11, 2012

Moose to the Finish Line...
















This week I spread all the Moose book art out on my dining room table to check for consistency and final touch-ups. Sometimes it's really hard to know if a piece is finished. At this point I usually go through a round of neurotic panic... What if it's awful? Should I have done it differently? Should I chuck it all and go work at some big box store?...

Then my husband laughs at me and says I do this after every project. He's right. And in talking to my artist friends it seems we all go through this to some extent. Phew! I must be normal.

10 comments:

Gina Perry said...

Wow! Congratulations!!! And your work is always lovely. I'm sure it's just the usual panic. Books are such an investment of work and emotion, it's hard to NOT have those doubtful moments. Oh, and any book about a Moose ends up on my shelf - can't wait to see YOURS.

Jennifer said...

Aw, Gina! Thanks so much! It really is like sending a child out in to the world... scary and exciting at the same time. And I'm glad you like Moose(s)! :-)

M. said...

Wow... it's really impressive seeing them all piled on the table that way! We already know the quality will be high... but the sheer quantity, unbound! You don't see that everyday!!
Carry on the good work!!!

Stephanie said...

Jennifer, having seen your sketches and other books you've illustrated, I have total faith in you. Thank you for working so hard to bring my words to life!

Jennifer said...

M-- Thank you!

Jennifer said...

Stephanie-- Thank you for the vote of confidence! I absolutely love your story, with its layers of learning AND humor! It's truly been a joy to work on. Hope we get a chance to meet some time! :-)

Stephanie said...

I have the feeling a certain Moose is going to introduce us sometime. I look forward to it.

Jennifer said...

Me too, Stephanie!

Laura Anne said...

Hi Jennifer - I'm new to your site. Love your work - so delightful and full of movement. I think most artists feel the way you do - whenever I see a past work of mine I think, why didn't I do this - or add that? It's just the creativity gene and the additional life experiences that want to be added to our work. I wonder what Davinci would say about Mona Lisa---I should have made her smile....? I'll be checking back in (P.S. love your cats in hats--made me smile.

Jennifer said...

Laura Anne-- Thanks for stopping by and for your kind words! I think doubt is part of creative process for sure... but good, if it keeps us exploring. Love thinking about the creative process. :-)