11.05.2012

The Evolution of Annie



I am so happy to tell you that our new children's story, Annie and the Swiss Cheese Scarf, is now printed and our shipment of books will be on the way to us shortly. I can't wait to hold the final book in my hands and start shipping it out to all of you who have pre-ordered!

What a fun project this has been for us as a family. Starting out this project, I of course knew quite a bit about knitting and pattern writing, but nothing about the process of creating a children's book. I have learned so much about what all of this involves, and I found it fascinating to watch this project take shape.

As you heard in my latest podcast episode, I have Neesha Hudson to thank for the amazing illustrations in this story. She worked so hard on this book for us and I am amazed by her talent. 

The character development was really interesting. I would give Neesha a general idea of how my daughter and I envisioned the characters, and she would sketch out different options for us to choose from.

Here is Annie.


I wanted Annie to resemble my own daughter somewhat, but still be her own unique character.




After a direction was chosen, she refined the sketches more...



and more...



and more... until we settled on a final version that we were both happy with.




And I think she is so adorable!

If you are interested in learning more about the extensive process that Neesha went through for each and every illustration, be sure to check back soon for a guest blog post from Neesha herself.


10 comments:

Catie said...

I just got the chance to listen to your latest podcast - and your daughter reading the story sold me on the book better than anything else - she's such a great reader too - I came home and pre-ordered the book for myself.

Suzanne said...

The evolution of the book is very interesting!

Ginger said...

I am so excited to get this book and my daughter isn't even old enough for it yet!!! (she's 4 months)

morewithles said...

Fascinating! :)

Pretty Knitty said...

You think she is adorable? That's actually a fact, my friend!!! And I think about everyone reading will concur...this is so exciting!

xplorexpress said...

sepinReally, really happy for you :) I know the feeling, I have also few books (children and youth) on the market and waiting for the boxes to come was like drooling in front of the Christmas tree when I was a kid.

Wish you a lot of happiness with your new baby, maybe also to give birth to a second book, and long life to your stories

:)

Kristen said...

Your own little girl and the final version of Annie are both just adorable. I love the big sis picture with her baby brother.

Julie said...

What an amazing process to see the evolution through the sketches!! This book looks phenomenal, I can't wait until Lila is old enough for it.

StarSpry said...

How fun to see the evolution of Annie's character! She really is adorable :)

Knitsta said...

I can't wait to get these for my 2 nieces Christmas! Wishing you much success with your book.

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