I knew my venture of writing and illustrating a children's picture book would take a long time. So, I asked myself 'before' I started, "What makes the story worth while?" After months of thumbnail sketches, making a story of clean energy, endearing friends, honoring parents, and the importance of education . . .I needed to make these topics exciting and adventurous so they would be appealing to my Target Audience, the young readers.
With my love of Da Vinci, Jules Verne, and H.G. Wells, I decided to explore the story-line through the Victorian Sci-Fi angle. In a 'somewhere' part of Earth, my subject family exist in a world that never went down the path of fossil fuels. And my character, Andy, is inspired by the mechanics of Clean Energy. Ta-da! My story began.
I also painted the illustrations on large canvases; keeping the project true to the late 19th Century. Then I photographed the canvases, loaded the pics into Photoshop, and then digitally enhanced. The Hard Cover picture book is available now on Amazon; and the eBooks are available on your favorite eBook store in all platforms.
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