March 7 - March 13: this week at valdraws.com

I don't have a lot to show this week, but I did get quite a bit done. I got my lightened postcards back and they look a lot better. I decided to change the image on the back, though, and spent some time pulling some characters out of a full illustration to make a spot illustration to put on the back:

Assuming the sample postcard looks good, I'll be ready to order postcards and send them to my mailing list by the end of the week.

I also started sketching 3 spots that will make up a companion piece to the sad monster piece I recently finished, and started to very, very roughly storyboard it. Here are the sketches; there's not enough to the storyboard yet to make it worth showing:

I waffled a bit about whether the girl should be knitting or crocheting, since I do both. I searched for "knitting and crocheting in picture books" and found a lot that showcase knitting, and none (so far) that showcase crochet, so I went with crochet. Why should knitters get all the love? It might also make a good hook (pun intended) to help sell the book to a publisher. I could see promoting it through crochet magazines, podcasts, etc., and given the shortage of crochet in picture books, I could see plenty of crocheters with little ones in their lives wanting a book like this on their bookshelves.

I also watched the new Business of Illustration class on SVSlearn.com, and started using the Pomodoro Technique. I've heard of it before, but never really succeeded in applying it, so I tried it again, and felt pretty productive. Even bought an app for $1.99 to help me track my progress.

On a less productive note, I was charged a renewal for 5 years of service by a webhosting provider I no longer use, Webhostingpad. When I contacted them and asked for a refund, they refused, so I've had to dispute the charge with my bank. They came back with "we'll win the dispute and send you to collections." Who does business that way?! Anyway, if you're looking for a web host, stay FAR, FAR away from Webhostingpad. There are numerous complaints against them with the BBB and lots of angry people venting all over the web about them. Hopefully my bank will reverse the charge, and if they send it to collections and it ends up on my credit report, I'll just dispute that too. Ugh, what a waste of time!

Anyway, on to happier things; I'm going to go work on polishing up these sketches and keep forging ahead! See you next week!