Monthly Archives: July 2013

Cupcake?

Cupcake

I’m working on the layout for my picture book and in order to stick to the 32 page picture book format, I’ve had to reject some of my monster illustrations. This one is just one of the many concept drawings that I’ve had to cut out of the story.

Aliens, monster and tea… again!

Work in progress.

Aliens Monster Tea

Aliens , monster & tea

It’s here!

My book has finally arrived. More info here

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Building my Website

Screen shot

My webpage is slowly but surely getting there, although it’s still under construction! The “shop” page still needs the e-commerce, but I’ll have that done once my picture book is ready for purchase. 🙂

www.gustavoolivo.co.uk

Writing a Picture Book

My Monster can open his mouth wide enough to swallow a whole man!

My Monster can open his mouth wide enough to swallow a whole man!

Writing a picture book is not easy. There are loads of rules you need to follow and I’m ignoring some of them at my own peril. But I’m writing for fun. I’m writing because I love it, I have a passion for telling stories and most importantly of all; I write because I have to! I need to be creative, I need to create and if I, for whatever reason, had to stop writing today, I would channel my creativity through a different artistic medium.  Whether you’re any good at it, is really not that important. What’s important is that you love what you do. And I love illustrating as much as I love writing my stories and that’s the only reason why I do it.

Now going back to those rules, I believe all rules on writing can be, and do get, broken. I’m doing it all the time. As long as I know that I’m actually breaking a rule, and as long as I think that going against the advice, is actually benefiting my story, then I don’t see the harm in it.

My first picture book, “Agosto, a frightened little Acorn” is breaking an important rule, a rule that should not be broken should one want to be picked up by an agent / editor. They, apparently, hate inanimate objects that come to life. But where would my story be without its dancing spoons, grumpy knives and Inga the reading lamp? Not where I would want it to be, so hence why I decided to write about inanimate objects that come to life.

My second picture book “My Monster” also goes against some of these rules. When writing a story, it’s important that the story has a conflict that needs to be resolved. My picture book is about a five year old girl, Alberta, and it’s her story, telling us about her best friend, who happens to be a monster, and what they get up to at night. It doesn’t really have a conflict but I’m hoping that her story is appealing enough to keep the reader interested throughout the story. Oh and if you haven’t worked it out already, the pic on top of this post is Alberta and her monster friend; Albert.

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