stories and illustration

Flying Home over the Borderlands


This is the finished version of page 20 of The Midnight Hare (the book I am self-publishing); that is, finished before computer tweaking, and the laying on of text. At last I have started the set-up of the illustrations and text. This is being documented on my other WordPress website, Moonwuzo Books, but it seems a long time since I posted on my original site. It is sad not to be going out with the camera, especially on sunny November days when the light is so ravishing, but there is a kind of loose deadline for the book to be ready for the printers. I am still quibbling with myself about what size the borders should be – they are going to be rough-edged, and I think just 8mm. I prefer the slightly rough edges, especially as most of the words are going on to the images – the hard edges and the wider margin just looked wrong somehow. The yellow needs to be a bit paler and cooler here, the colours are still a bit hot; but the very simple design suits this part of the story.

November 24, 2017 - Posted by | Art, Illustration, Painting, Uncategorized | , , ,


  1. Very impressive drawings so far, Carol. Self-publishing is not as easy as most people think.


    Comment by neihtn2012 | November 24, 2017 | Reply

    • I never thought it would be easy! If I hadn’t worked with a small-scale publisher, if I didn’t have quite a few contacts/outlets through my work already, and if I didn’t have a really good book printers nearby, then there is no way I could have tackled this. But it has been INTERESTING, and good for me in that it has stretched all kinds of things in my life, both mental and practical. I also think a picture book is quite a good project in that there are a lot of places that will sell these books outside bookshops, and people can see what they are getting in a moment – also the outlay for a paperback picture book is not enormous. It is proving quite an arduous journey, but not one I have ever regretted, so far that is…


      Comment by Cara Lockhart Smith | November 27, 2017 | Reply

    • Just as an afterthought to my former reply – have you gone into self-publishing yourself, and did you find it engaging if you did?


      Comment by Cara Lockhart Smith | November 27, 2017 | Reply

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