As I wrote and revised the story of Emmalene I also thought about creating images for the story. Okay, I’ll be honest, I’ve had much more experience writing than drawing, although I’ve been doodling all my life. But I did take a few drawing classes to help. You know, you learn a lot by doing, and that’s what I did.
After I finished the first draft, I revised the story over and over until the words flowed along like a little bubbling stream. As I wrote and rewrote, I also thought about the images. I wanted one image to start each chapter. And sometimes I thought it would be nice to have another image in the middle or at the end of each chapter. And some ideas for drawings just popped into my head while I was writing.
Most of the images, like the one of Emmalene, above, were created after the story was finished. I looked at a lot of photographs of tigers before I started to draw her. And I should add, that although real tigers are fierce, I wanted Emmalene to look strong, powerful and yet friendly at the same time. She is a tiger, after all.
All of the drawings in Emmalene A Tiger’s Tale were created on my iPad. I used a drawing program called Procreate and an Apple Pencil, which is a pretty cool tool. Both let you jump right in and were easy to use.
Then, once the words and drawings were set, there was only one thing to do -cross my fingers and hope you like them. I really hope you do. I”d like to know what you think of Emmalene A Tiger’s Tale.
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