Rough illustrations for “Mitch & Mouse”

“Mitch & Mouse”

I played around with some of the illustration concepts a few days ago.  The story is simplistic and supposed to be fun with (of course) a message.  A large firefighter with a severe shyness befriends a mouse, who becomes his best friend and helps him overcome the shyness.  Most of the objects in the illustrations tend to have a fluid, eccentric motion.  Straight lines drive me bonkers.  The original story is being adapted into a ditty format, which is one of my best strengths.

I took several shots as I drew the other evening.  The first illustrations were drawn a year ago in pencil.  I hemmed & hawed over digital illustration or hand-drawn.

Draft illustrations for "Mitch & Mouse" by C.L. Bolin

Here, the concept formed of an absurdly large firefighter crammed in a small fire truck.

Draft illustrations for "Mitch & Mouse" by C.L. Bolin

As I drew, more ideas formed.. where’s Mouse?

Draft illustrations for "Mitch & Mouse" by C.L. Bolin

Mouse is on the side mirror.  More details have been added with the pastels.  I’m looking forward to adding hose, rope, the ladder, and the mirrored FIRE.  This is a very fun project for me to work on, a great break from seriousness.

 

 

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About the author

Welcome to my very first blog for my children’s book section of C.L. Bolin Books and Art.

My main genre is adult novels and recovery writing for trauma survivors; however I also write and illustrate children’s stories on the side for fun.  As I volunteer at times for the local elementary school and my child is in 2nd grade, no matter how much I love a good romance story I also love the magic and imagination that flows out of kid’s minds.

My child and I are constantly brainstorming each other!  She believes in unicorns, faeries and rainbows- and she loves a funny story.  So I’m frequently put on the spot for a last minute ditty on the way home, or a fresh bedtime story.  We’ve come up with alot together and sometimes she even does a drawing for the ideas.

I’m currently working on three stories for my adult section of C.L. Bolin Books at once.  Honestly, I’m a bit (okay alot) of a multitasker.  When the flavor of what I’m working on that day isn’t my thing, I’ll start the thoughts for another project.

I’ll be posting stories and illustration drafts for all to see as they develop.  Some stories are just silly, while others are written for children with emotion processing difficulties.

Current stories in process (in head, PC or illustrations):

  • “ShirleyGirley ScaredyCat”  a humorous short about our skittish black kitty.
  • “How Full Are you Today?” for children processing difficulties, the story shows a way to communicate with adults about feelings.
  • “Mitch & Mouse” a shy firefighter rescues & befriends a tiny mouse.
  • “Don’t Kiss the Gerbils” a funny short about what not to do with your pets.
  • “Tentacles & Tea” a tea party with an octopus is harder than it sounds!

Welcome to my very first blog for my children’s book section of C.L. Bolin Books and Art.

My main genre is adult novels and recovery writing for trauma survivors; however I also write and illustrate children’s stories on the side for fun.  As I volunteer at times for the local elementary school and my child is in 2nd grade, no matter how much I love a good romance story I also love the magic and imagination that flows out of kid’s minds.

My child and I are constantly brainstorming each other!  She believes in unicorns, faeries and rainbows- and she loves a funny story.  So I’m frequently put on the spot for a last minute ditty on the way home, or a fresh bedtime story.  We’ve come up with alot together and sometimes she even does a drawing for the ideas.

I’m currently working on three stories for my adult section of C.L. Bolin Books at once.  Honestly, I’m a bit (okay alot) of a multitasker.  When the flavor of what I’m working on that day isn’t my thing, I’ll start the thoughts for another project.

I’ll be posting stories and illustration drafts for all to see as they develop.  Some stories are just silly, while others are written for children with emotion processing difficulties.

Current stories in process (in head, PC or illustrations):

  • “ShirleyGirley ScaredyCat”  a humorous short about our skittish black kitty.
  • “How Full Are you Today?” for children processing difficulties, the story shows a way to communicate with adults about feelings.
  • “Mitch & Mouse” a shy firefighter rescues & befriends a tiny mouse.
  • “Don’t Kiss the Gerbils” a funny short about what not to do with your pets.
  • “Tentacles & Tea” a tea party with an octopus is harder than it sounds!