7 April 2017

catching up with sidney

Sidney Takes Shape

'Did you know that squirrels can sneeze? Sidney’s a squirrel and he sneezes. He’s snivelling and sneezing all day, every day, and he just doesn’t know why.'
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Sketch courtesy of Jess Distill
I wonder how many of you can remember last year? I know it's already April, time is flying by like a tent in a hurricane! Last year now seems just a hazy memory. I ask the question because towards the end of last year I wrote an article introducing you to a new friend, Sidney. (If you didn't read that article you can here - Proudly Introducing you to Next Years Project 

Since then we've had a few upheavals. Changes in the storyline and most importantly of all, loss of illustrator! Unfortunately, Emma (see the post I mentioned above,) had to pull out due to commissions and commitments. I honestly thought that was the end. Fear not, as everything is now on the up, and I'm very, very excited about how the project is moving forward. 

Sidney Reborn

The reason for this? Step up our new illustrator, Jess Distill, whose enthusiasm for the project and brilliant artwork feels a perfect fit and is bringing the story alive. Sidney is Reborn

Jess is one-third of folk group Said the Maiden (I may have mentioned them here before! Many times in fact. I will do again in time, watch this space!)  Jess is also an artist (multi-talented these musician folk), has a unique style and was willing, (not forced, I promise) to help me take this project forward, bringing her style and touch to the project. 

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Sketch courtesy of Jess Distill

That's why we wanted to once again give you a sneaky peek at the sketches. Only a sneaky peek, though! At the top of the page, we have the latest incarnation of Sidney with his snotty rag. Integral to the story. Above we have the first image of one of the characters from the story Janice. Do you like them? It's going to be very exciting to see how these and the other characters develop. 



Moving Forward

At the moment Jess is playing around with colours, types of pen etc. Early results are amazing and it's great to see the characters I had in my head now coming to life. Janice is one of a number of key characters to the story. She's a wise squirrel, but can she help Sidney? I'll say no more at the moment. Don't want to spoil it for you. 



With the story more or less complete, it's all about the images, like what you see above, fonts, layout and making the decision on how to 'put it out there!' This is where Jess and myself need you!

Are you a self-published author or expert on getting books onto the shelves? Then we would greatly appreciate your advice, tips and do's and don'ts. Anything in fact. So please let's connect through the various social media channels. We, oh and Sidney would greatly appreciate it. Thank you for reading and supporting us. It's appreciated.

Keep a look out for more updates soon



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