(ha, new reminder to self- fix the headphones! Those don't look like headphones, it looks as though she's wearing deflated earmuffs. Or figs, although that makes no sense)
(note to self-fix hand holding book, way too small proportionately)
(this one is still quite rough, just in the sketchbook, not yet on the 'official' paper)
I'm not yet sure that I'm going to use all of these- in fact, it is unlikely. And as you can clearly see, they're just beginnings- I have yet to add any pattern, any background elements (although in keeping with the pages that I've already done, and my general stylistic vision- ho ho- background elements/details will likely be kept to a minimum).
However, this bit-by-bit approach, although slow, seems to be the one that works best for me. I have SEVERAL pieces at once on the go, so I can complete a little bit of one whilst thinking of the others. I find this easier than working on one piece to completion, because when I don't know what to do/things don't seem to be working, I don't continue to fiddle and fuss (with possible disastrous results), I just move on to another aspect of another piece that I DO know what to do with (hopefully). This project in particular lends itself to this approach...I'm still not really sure to what degree I should 'finish' the pencils. I have the impression that it isn't good to 'complete' too many pages for a publisher (it might give the idea that you would be unwilling to make changes)- so I'm not sure whether it might also be possible to make pencilled pages 'too good', too.... In any case, my current plan is to draw them up to the point at which I would begin to paint them (although I plan only to PARTIALLY complete the patterned areas- no point in killing myself- also, if anything would give the impression that I might not be willing to make changes...!)
And finally, for your amusement, something completely pointless: