The text for the book is completely written - yay! (though it's subject to change as I illustrate it).
I will share one of the sketches that I've worked on so far. I first did this sketch to show him pulling his wagon to market right after Mother asks him to go:
There are some things I like about this sketch.
- It shows strong forward motion to carry the reader to the next page.
- Ferdinand has left his ball and bat behind and looks like a chick on a mission!
But I had to use words to convey that he was reluctant to give up his baseball practice to obey Mother. And I prefer to let the picture tell the story instead.
So I redid the sketch to look like this:
What I like about this one:
- There is some reluctance evident because he's looking back even as he moves forward.
- He is still going in the direction of the next page.
- He does not look determined just yet. But that's OK, the determination can develop as the story develops.
I like them both actually, so input is welcome! Which do you like better? Let me know either below or on the Zehland Facebook page.