10 January 2014 @ 02:27 pm
Emi Amazing  
I mentioned that while I was recovering from my stroke, I watched a bunch of TV, and did artwork as eye and finger therapy. I already linked to the banner I embroidered, which I donated to the Worldbuilders fundraiser.

The second project was illustrating a little book for an eight-year-old author, who wrote a story that was typed up and formatted by her grandmother: Emi Amazing.

Grandma wanted granddaughter to see her creative work in print. I thought that a big improvement over my own efforts at age six to eight, when I made my books out of paper towels, and the fantasy ones all quietly disappeared, whereas the one I made to please my audience, a hypocritical effort with normal kids, feet on the ground, playing approved sports, got carefully pasted into my little album of kid stuff.

Heh! Fantasy rules!
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Queen of the Skiesqueenoftheskies on January 10th, 2014 10:32 pm (UTC)
What a cute book!
Sherwood Smithsartorias on January 10th, 2014 10:37 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
mamcumamculuna on January 10th, 2014 10:33 pm (UTC)
The story looks like fun, and the pictures are really delightful! I'd tell you to do more illustrating, but that might mean you'd write less, and none of us want that to happen! Great dragon. Great Emi.
Sherwood Smithsartorias on January 10th, 2014 10:36 pm (UTC)
That is a very, VERY kind and generous thing to say! (Especially about my attempts with watercolors.)
serialbabbler on January 10th, 2014 11:19 pm (UTC)
(What kind of watercolors were you using? I'm currently in love with Pelikan opaque watercolors.)
Sherwood Smithsartorias on January 10th, 2014 11:27 pm (UTC)
Grumbacher. (I have no real awareness of differences; these were the first ones I came to at the art store)
serialbabbler on January 11th, 2014 12:00 am (UTC)
That's mostly how I buy materials, too. Except it's more like, the first ones I come to at the art store* that don't cost more than I can afford for watercolors. Ha!

I do try to remember which ones I liked the next time I need supplies, though. :)

*Or, more often from the Dick Blick catalogue. There are a few art stores around here, but the selection isn't that great.
Sherwood Smithsartorias on January 11th, 2014 12:01 am (UTC)
Oh, Dick Blick was my go-to when I was painting my set designs when I taught theater. I did some really fantastic sets with those paints, which were always reliable. (And I love painting large with a sponge.)
asakiyume: nighthawk flyingasakiyume on January 10th, 2014 10:33 pm (UTC)
Oh Sartorias, what a joyful joyful face on Emi on the second page, soaring through the air! How totally lovely!
Sherwood Smithsartorias on January 10th, 2014 10:36 pm (UTC)
The grandmother gave me some snapshots of the actual three kids at a soccer game, and I did my best to try to capture that sense of fun and add to it the joy anyone would feel flying.
Ceeparagraphs on January 10th, 2014 10:48 pm (UTC)
Fantasy DOES rule!!! And can't be kept down. :)
Sherwood Smithsartorias on January 10th, 2014 10:50 pm (UTC)
serialbabbler on January 10th, 2014 11:18 pm (UTC)
Very cool. I remember making a little comic/storybook about a vampire and a hot air balloon when I was seven or so and giving it to my grandparents. :) I expect it disappeared into their basement somewhere.
Sherwood Smithsartorias on January 10th, 2014 11:25 pm (UTC)
How charming!
Catholic Bibliophagistc_bibliophagist on January 11th, 2014 02:12 am (UTC)
What a wonderful grandmother!
Sherwood Smithsartorias on January 11th, 2014 02:21 am (UTC)
Yes indeed!
thistle in greythistleingrey on January 11th, 2014 05:49 am (UTC)
Hee! Awesome. Props to the grandmother, too.
Sherwood Smithsartorias on January 11th, 2014 01:58 pm (UTC)
I agree about the grandma!
(Anonymous) on January 11th, 2014 06:45 am (UTC)
That looks really lovely. Cool grandma, too.

Sherwood Smithsartorias on January 11th, 2014 01:57 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Cora!
Estara: pic#2810740estara on January 11th, 2014 10:03 am (UTC)
Sold! and added the Kindle to Goodreads

Edited at 2014-01-11 10:18 am (UTC)
Sherwood Smithsartorias on January 11th, 2014 01:57 pm (UTC)
Awww, thank you!

The small author will be thrilled to hear that not only did she get a sale, but one all the way from Germany!
jodel_from_aoljodel_from_aol on January 13th, 2014 04:37 am (UTC)
I don't remember when I finally tossed my "first story". Probably about 30 years ago or something, which means I kept it an embarassingly long time.

I was six. Someone had given me a silver pencil (the kind that wrote in silver, that is) so of course I had to write a story with it. Of course, at six no one had taught me to read yet, since in those days teaching a child to read was something that needed to be left to "the professionals". But I'd been to kindergarten, so I could print my name, which means I could sign it.

Since I was still basically illiterate, I suppose you could say that the result was a graphic novel. There were a good dozen panels or so to it. All about a philanthropic oil well.
Sherwood Smithsartorias on January 13th, 2014 05:07 am (UTC)
Wow, what a subject!

Yeah, the school was not pleased that I already knew how to read when I began first grade. But getting to do drawing while the rest of the kids got introduced to the alphabet was so heavenly.
pjthompsonpjthompson on January 18th, 2014 12:57 am (UTC)
I'm so out of touch. I didn't know you'd had a stroke. Sorry to hear of it, but glad you're recovering.
Sherwood Smithsartorias on January 18th, 2014 01:02 am (UTC)
Hey, you got enough on your plate, without having to worry about the piddle of LJ friends list.
pjthompsonpjthompson on January 19th, 2014 09:12 pm (UTC)
Not piddle at all, my friend. God bless you.
Sherwood Smithsartorias on January 19th, 2014 09:39 pm (UTC)
Thank you--and you.
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