Thursday, December 04, 2008

making characters

My son (now 3,5 years) has for some times now been producing a lot of paintings/drawings. There is this special thing over them - he really experiments with mixing colours and different ways of making marks and combining materials. I felt it would be such a waste throwing them away and invented a little game - basically to make children's book figures out of them. I look and turn the papers and try to see something already there. I cut it out and add something little extra to make the figure stronger or easier to read...
...like this - a few lines.

I have two books where I glue the figures. So far I have many more figures than I need for one book. But it has been my little fun escape from reality - so I can not stop!

All in all I have four books for my children's book project. In the yellow one and the small moleskin I explore the characters, test some possible scenes - and outline the story. But more about that tomorrow!

8 comments:

Marie-Louise said...

Jättekul att se och läsa - den där boken tror jag på...mycket!

Och så var det väldigt kul att äntligen få veta hur många år han är den där lille kreativa krabaten.

●• Tiny Red said...

very clever little boy and a wonderful collaboration between you guys! he'll be so proud when he grows up a bit and get to go to the shops to buy the book!!! exciting! :)))

Veja cecilia said...

oj vilken spännande metod. Den kanske jag måste testa med mina småttingar. Du har inte funderat på att skicka något till något förlag snart? det ser ju så fint ut...

aimee said...

what a beautiful way to write a children's book - a collaboration between you and your son! these are wonderful little figures - i love seeing how his work inspired you.

n a t s u m i said...

Your paintings are very beautiful!! I wish I knew how to draw figures...

Thank you for your comment on my blog!!

H A I D I J A K O B S S O N said...

sv: shit tack så mkt ^^ det värmde ! :)

Mandarine said...

Really enjoy your books,

^-^

Esti said...

I couldn´t come visit earlier... sorry... Still, i like how the book is developing... I wonder about the story :)