The mice

March 29th, 2009

I’m working flat out on a picture book for uni and the Macmillan prize at the moment. These are just some sketches of the characters in their environment, today I’m working on getting the whole story board laid out. 32 pages! This is so much harder than I though it would be. I’m writing my own story, trying to make it appeal to children while still looking good/like me and attempting to avoid stereotypical representations of gender roles via the girl and boy mice. I’m a feminist, these things matter.

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17 Comments

  1. Hannah says:

    I wish you luck.

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  2. Rachel says:

    Just need to let you know I am OVERLY ecstatic that you have updated your blog and I can’t wait to go and read all of your wonderful new inspiring posts :)

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  3. Brigadeiro says:

    How absolutely gorgeous! I’m sure the finished product will just be amazing ;) Good luck!

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  4. Becca says:

    This looks glorious. I’ve always wanted to do childrens books, but I’m somewhat lacking (to put it nicely!) in the drawing stakes!

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  5. Hil says:

    They look really lovely dear! I especially love the little ribbons you gave them! I wish you all the best ;D

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  6. Flash says:

    These are charming and should be a worthy entry, when complete.

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  7. noeudpap says:

    How cute! I wish you the best of luck, I’m sure it will look absolutely adorable when finished :)

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  8. kacia says:

    Will you be showing the final product? It looks lovely and I bet the book will be a heavyweight competitor.

    I’m excited that you’re avoiding gender stereotypes. That’s so rare in any childrens’ products these days, and I believe they really do make a difference in the way children carry themselves as they grow older.

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  9. Anna says:

    This actually looks like one of the best children’s books ever. I feel like children’s books and television and toys has gone downhill since I was a kid (but then I suppose all people feel like that) – anyway, I bet yours would bring it up to standard!
    I really hope you win, you deserve it.

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  10. Kim says:

    Echoing kacia, I think it’s awesome you’re making this book and staying aware of gender roles. It’s hard to believe that in this day and age, if you go to any bookstore and pick up a popular children’s book there’ll most likely still be outdated ideas and themes inside!

    Can’t wait to see this finished… Their bellies in the last sketch are so adorable!

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  11. Angélica says:

    Oh I know exactly how you feel! I’m in my last year too (I also study Illustration :)) and I’m going to make a graphic novel and it’s so much work! I still need to make a storyboard but I’m really procastinating… Your sketches look great, the mice are so cute :D And when is your deadline/graduation?
    Anyway, good luck with it! I’m sure it will be great :)

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  12. zuzupetal says:

    I really like them:)
    I really like the one in the cup lol^_^

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  13. Sheena says:

    These are delightful! I’m so glad you’re blogging again!! xx

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  14. Fabulous fabulous drawings. Makes us want to put down our camera and pick up a sketchbook! Thank you for showing your work to the world!

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  15. Katie says:

    These are great, I especially love their bows and bowties!

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  16. They’re amazing! And adorable. Can’t wait to see the finished product :)

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  17. Gwynneth says:

    great idea, very cute well drawn characters with a minimal style – did you get this book to publishing ???as it’s now 2011 – would have been good , let me know

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