From Fred Koehler
As a writer/illustrator, the tiniest inkling of an illustration concept jumps straight to story lines, so I'm always asking myself how the drawing helps tell the story. Each mashup of story and illustration represents a complete idea, so I'm not just looking for a pretty picture - I'm looking for a happy place where concept, art, and words all play nicely together.
This concept comes halfway through a picture book idea where a baby elephant isn't allowed to do all of the things he wants to do, much to his own displeasure and the constant consternation of his parents. I started with two sketch concepts:
I went with the top concept, even though I thought the bottom one was "cooler." The left hand concept told the story better. The text I settled on goes something like this for the final:
"He was ordered to discontinue construction of his ladder to the moon."
I was thinking it might actually be cool to flesh out both concepts just so I can put them side by side and across a spread with the text to see which one really works better.