Monday, 26 March 2012

The 'I Can't Sleep' Book

I'm trying to complete my book ideas but I guess I'm still being overly critical about them. I thought I'd post a few pictures and rough doodles I had for one of my projects 'I can't sleep' I was actually hoping I could produce something a little more complete this year and try forwarding them to a few of my book publisher contacts for some feedback.

First attempts at making this book was creating a character who can't sleep and dances about in bed, it was part of my final major project at Solent (which also helped me earn my first class honours). This then turned into a visit to a surreal dreamscape world- sort of a nod to one of my favourite comics, Little nemo in Slumberland.

But I realised I was spending too long on making just one page- the whole process started to feel like it was more of a chore to complete. So after flicking through some Mr Men books in some rest stop on the motorway, I wondered if I could make something a little simplier and maybe draw the images in my little square sketchpad instead of my larger one. Hopefully my original doodles for my dreamscapes won't go to waste either, I've starting putting them into my Marie Vendawn Project which I'll hopefully have a few more updates to show soon.

Instead of being dragged into a fantasy landscape, perhaps 'I can't Sleep' really could really be about not sleeping. I guess this is based on my own experiences of not being able to sleep.

for example:

getting a glass of water

'Ever wonder if there was a figure in the dark waiting to get you? I remember thinking that a lot whenever I walked across the landing at night when I was little'  
'Or maybe just drawing pictures until you were bored.'  

'or turning on the tv late at night and watching the scary movies' 

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