It is important to take the time to plan out a good story and work on the art style, but I have also started giving myself deadlines. (See my previous post on the importance of finishing personal projects here.) I am in the early stages of writing and concepting my new story called "Stacks". I will have it finished this year (hopefully in time for the holiday season so you can buy a copy for your favorite rugrat).
There are a ton of details to play with at this stage. I've posted some pictures of the hamster character from "Stacks". All six pictures are exactly the same, except for the size, color, and placement of the eyes. Here are some questions that I am asking myself.
- Do I use a consistent eye style for all of the characters in the book?
- Do the eyes change style to show emotion or reaction?
- Do the pupils move, or does the whole head move when the character is looking at something?
You can click on the image for a larger view. Any opinions?