Big Day at the Art Factory — three more pictures colored and ready for inDesign

Yesterday, and today, I spent hours painting Buddy Butterfly’s many-segmented wings, all the while reminding myself that I should learn to create interesting characters that are easy to draw and paint, especially if I’m going to featuring the character on 20 to 30 pages. Buddy is my favorite character, but he’s a pain to draw and paint. All, the same, I love the guy.

Last night I awoke in the middle of the night with the fear that what I’m doing will be a flop. It took me a while to calm down. I had to remind myself that I’m doing this because I like what I’m doing. So, I’m moving ahead at full speed. In fact, I have five more books planned for Jimmy Jay and Buddy Butterfly.

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Coloring the Children's Picture Book Linework

At last I’ve finished re-inking. I started coloring today. I’m about 2 months behind my original deadline, but I’m moving steadily. For the coloring I’ll be using my iPad. I found that I can hook up my iPad to my desktop Mac by using the power cable. No other USB-C cable will work. The bad news is that I can only export images created on the iPad by “sharing” them to the iPad photos app; once they’re save as photos I hook up the iPad to the desktop Mac and open them in the desktop Photos app. It’s a hateful hack.

“I’m bored,” said Jimmy.

“I’m bored,” said Jimmy.

Day 3 and "All Aboard" is finished re-inking

It took three workdays to re-ink this image. Altogether, three workdays amounts to 4 1/2 hours of work, with a workday being about about 1 1/2 hours. This image isn’t really finished—I still have to paint it. When I finish the re-inking, I’ll paint all of the images in a batch, starting from the front cover to the back cover. Anyway, that’s the plan.

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Drawing a Bored Child Jaybird Wearing Hightops

Note to self: add Jimmy’s playthings strewn carelessly around him. I want to show that he’s bored with everything that has amused him, his mobile phone, his music, and his comic books. Life is so painful when your toys lose their charm, and the craving for new adventures clouds your judgement. Jimmy’s friend Buddy Butterfly will contribute to his delinquency, and mayhem will ensue.

MEMO: Adjust Buddy’s color!

MEMO: Adjust Buddy’s color!

Falling Down a Sooty Chimney

This drawing was colored with Affinity Photo on the iPad, then finished in Photoshop. I have to say that Photoshop is a really marvelous program. I wonder at times why I’m trying so hard to avoid it. Perhaps what really matters is that I run Photoshop on my 27-inch iMac, where everything is easier than on the iPad. I love the big, gorgeous screen. The one really big upside of Affinity Photo is that I also have the desktop version when I need it.

In this picture Jimmy has just jumped down the chimney to rescue his foolhardy friend, Buddy Butterfly.

Looks like I’ll have to change the color of Jimmy’s pants or the chimney.

Looks like I’ll have to change the color of Jimmy’s pants or the chimney.

A Before and After with Buddy Butterfly


I believe I improved my drawing of Buddy flying to the chimney. The first version looked like he was lying flat on the roof instead of flying above it.