Friday, 20 March 2009


I've decided to give the Growing Boy his very own blog, partly because Scribbles in Ink has become a kind of free for all for me and is not really dedicated to the development of my books at all, but also because as the idea begins to take on a life of its own, I thought it might help to chart its growth from the first seed to (eventual!) completion.

The germ of the idea for the book came from something far too obscure and personal to go into here, but suffice to say after an initial flurry of enthusiasm last summer, the first piece of artwork (I will not call it finished artwork for obvious reasons!) has languished untouched for almost nine months. It has gradually dawned on me that the main reason for this is... that I hate it! Basically what I see in my mind is nothing like what came out on the paper. The more I've thought about it, the more I've come to realise there's nothing for it but to start again - depressing in one way but actually, now the decision has been made, it verges on something like relief.

I've been working on the first new roughs and will upload these shortly, meanwhile here's how it could have looked... but now won't!

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