From the time I was 2 years old until I was about 7, I lived on a 90 acre country property. There were big rolling hills with thickets for rabbits, a pond, and a forest with a stream deep in a ravine. Those early years in the outdoors formed deep roots in me that have never loosened.
I attended a typical school and kept to myself - just trying to get through without drawing too much attention. I began doodling when I was small. My mom would give me scraps of paper, the insides of cereal boxes, and even old receipts to draw on. I liked crayons. I guess I never really thought about how much I liked to create things until I was older and realized that not every kid made as much stuff as I did.
I began making 'books' when I was about 6. The first story I remember writing was about a flying horse with a rainbow mane and tail; I entitled it “Rainbow Dust”. My mom typed it up at work and printed it out for me so it looked 'professional' and then I illustrated it. I made a couple more books and really enjoyed the process.
I have never illustrated full-time professionally; it has only ever been a hobby. I have not really gone too deep into the world of publishing, never attended any seminars or conferences about illustrating.
I came up with the Yummy illustrations by just reading the Dictionary. Once I had pulled out all the words I liked for the specific letter, the drawing would just form in my mind and flow out. That is the best way I can describe it. I didn’t plan much. I would just draw it out.
I worked a lot on the floor. I don’t have a dedicated ‘studio’ room right now but I do have a corner, sort of. Right now I’m sewing a lot so I sit at an old desk at my sewing machine. But when I’m drawing I usually end up on the floor sort of curled over my drawing. I created a lot of Yummy that way.
The Alphabet Sweeties just began one at a time, in order from A on. I drew first in pencil, and then inked the entire 26, and then had to figure out how to colour them, which led to my accidental technique find that ended up being perfect for it.
I hope to work on another book soon...