Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Day 4: Grampa Kit's Garden

Grampa Kit's Garden
When I first submitted my 12 Learning Squares as a book proposal, the acquisitions editor was concerned that 12 squares were not enough to fill a book. Interweave's books are usually at least 124 pages long. When all was said and done we ended up needing 144 pages!

I suggested adding 12 more picture squares, mostly nature inspired. I started sketching some (very rough) ideas, and worked up many more squares to go with the first set. I played with different ways to combine or repeat the various squares to create full blankets, and Grampa Kit's Garden was one of the first full blanket concepts I developed.

Although my son did not do the original sketches for this one, my editor had suggested that the grass look like something a child might have drawn. So I showed him my original sketch and told him my "boss" wanted to see how a kid would draw grass. He studiously drew out the whole garden, adding grass where I had only a flat line. He got so into helping me, that he later told me, "Let me know if I can help you with any more work. In case your boss wants anything else drawn by a kid."

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