As much as I study and write about fear, it still gets me. I'm afraid I won't meet my own expectations for these illustrations I'm afraid this book will take a long, long time. So I procrastinate. I avoid it. I'm already afraid this might take up a lot of time, and yet my response is to delay working on it. Doesn't make a whole lotta sense, does it? But that's what fear does, it paralyzes. In Creativity, Inc. Catmull says the antidote to fear is trust. I need to trust the creative process. I need to trust in my abilities and my persistence. And I need to just start. Because every time I just get started, I find that I accomplish more than I expect.
I'm still working on character sketches, especially the main character which a squirrel. I've found the book Illustrating Children's Picture Books really helpful but I have to be careful not to spend all my time researching instead of creating. I talked with my friend/the author and we made a loose plan for the number of illustrations. I discovered that most children's books are 32 pages and I laid out how those 32 pages will flow based on our plan.
In other news, I want to give a shout out to Robert Chapman who surpassed 100 days of daily drawing. He's making huge strides and it's really fun to follow his journey. Congrats Robert!