You might have noticed this lovely over in the sidebar.
This dear book comes into the world July 14, in the midst of hurricane season. While it isn’t a Katrina book, it is a Louisiana hurricane story, and its release before Katrina’s tenth anniversary feels just right.
A few months ago, illustrator Rob Dunlavey shared this wonderful mini-documentary about his process with OVER IN THE WETLANDS. I’d love if you took a few minutes to listen to what he has to say as he goes about his work.
Rob’s thoughts on process (don’t be afraid to screw up; art is boxing rather than rocket science, you just have to keep sparring and discovering what you want to say) and purpose (art changes the way you see the world; it’s about zeroing in, magnifying and feeling the joy; art exists to enhance living) speak to me as a writer. The purpose and drive behind the creative life really is familiar across the board.
Elana Johnson says
Love the keep sparring part. So true and hits home for me!
Joanne Fritz says
That’s a fascinating glimpse into his process. And I can’t wait to read your picture book!
Thank you, Joanne. I can’t wait to share it.
Faith E. Hough says
Thanks for sharing this–I’ll watch it with my artists in the family today. 🙂
Can’t wait to share this book with them, too!
I’ve watched it several times myself. So interesting to see the other end of things…
Valerie Geary says
This was great!! I’m feeling inspired.
Isn’t it? Can’t stop watching…
Kimberley Griffiths Little says
So beautiful. I can’t wait for this book!
Thank you, sweet Kim. I hope it feels a bit like a home away from home for you.
Amy Rogers Hays says
That was so lovely. I loved the idea that just making art everyday changes you!
Perhaps I just watched one more time. 🙂
Debbie Watley says
I shared this video with my writer’s group the other night. Rob’s enthusiasm and playfulness inspired us.
Oh, I’m so happy to hear this!
Margaret Simon says
How wonderful to see the process and to feel you were the inspiration for it. Your words inspiring art, that’s something to hold on to! Can’t wait to hold this book in my own hands and know its story before I even open the pages. Thanks!
Can’t wait for Louisiana to meet this book!!
LOL, I train as a boxer so I can relate!