Regular readers of this blog know that lately I have been working on a personal project: A children's book entitled, "Oscar's Naughty Chicken".
I have been working on this project for awhile now, two years to be somewhat exact, and I have noticed a disturbing phenomenon.
When I first began doing the illustrations for the book, my design for the main character, the Chicken, was uniquely mine. I didn't want him to be too cute or cuddly, and I wanted him to be as expressionless as possible, so the reader would never really know what the Chicken was "thinking" as he did all the "naughty" things the title promised. However, the more pages I produced, the "cuter" and more expressive the Chicken got. In my latest drawings, the Chicken began to look like the lead character in that dreadful Disney film, "Chicken Little"!
Maybe it was the result of not working on the project consistently, or maybe it was the result of spending so many years slavishly following model sheets while working on licensed properties. Perhaps it was just good, old-fashioned laziness. Whatever the reason, my title character's look evolved from page to page until the character on page one looked nothing like the character on page twelve.
As a result, I have regrouped, and have decided to start re-drawing the book from scratch. I know, a lot of you out there are probably screaming, "Hey, you idiot! Just fix it in Photoshop!" Sorry, but I just don't swing that way. I want this whole thing to be as "hand drawn" as possible.
Besides, all the unused illustrations will make great "Special Features" in the collector's edition of the book!
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