My pals over at 826LA are putting together a coloring book featuring some of the stories written by elementary-school kids in their Storytelling & Bookmaking field trips! I’ve illustrated a couple of those books, and I was pleased to learn that one of the stories I worked on was going to be included in the coloring book specifically.
During Storytelling & Bookmaking, a leader guides a visiting class through the process of coming up with a story collectively, calling on kids to supply plot points and asking questions to fill out the story. Another person sits nearby typing out the story in progress, so the kids can read it on a projected screen. An illustrator works to draw pictures that will accompany the finished story. This is all done to try and please the cranky old publisher, Mr. or Mrs. Barnacle (depending on who’s doing the voice), the crotchety attic-dwelling centenarian who’s demanding the production of a new best-seller. It’s a fun experience for both the kids and the volunteers, I participate whenever I have the time!
This story was about an artist king and his buck-toothed best friend, who face off against a wizard armed with an army of orange-slingshotting goats. Pictured are the drawings I did on the day, and my reinterpretations of them for the coloring book.
If there’s an 826 chapter near you, it’s so much fun to help make up these stories with the kids!
Here are some cool ROLL-A-SKETCH drawings I did in Seattle recently!!
I’m also trying something new: I will be at WonderCon in Anaheim tomorrow, but not at a table, just walking around and visiting friends! A few times during the day I’ll be setting up shop to do sketches (like the above or MAYBE BETTER).
If you’ll be at WonderCon and you’d like me to text you where and when I’m sketching, I’ve set up a form! Click through and submit!
I’ll delete your number when I leave, this will be a one-time-only thing.
this holding pattern is getting REAL TIRESOME
DO A BAAAAAA-RREL ROLL
Okay that doesn’t work phonetically
but HE doesn’t know, he’s a SHEEP
Gotta keep on goin
Be the best there ever was
Fight the race the battle to be won
Pedal to the firewall tomorrow — YOU CAN!