The Story of Creating Verano the Fish, Part II

This is a continuation of the story begun in The Story of Creating Verano the Fish. Now on with the story…

But, as W.C. Fields is purported to have said, “Never work with children or animals.”
W.C. Fields had no advice about drawing stuff yourself when you can’t draw, so one day I went with that option. I sketched out a few fish-like drawings in the application called Paper, on the iPad. They looked… well, they looked like this:
A feeble attempt at a fish

A feeble attempt at a fish

Undaunted by the fact that the drawings didn’t look so good, I soldiered on, scrawling out more and more pages like one lone monkey in the room full of an infinite number of monkeys, and I was the one who didn’t get a typewriter. I opened up iBooks Author, added the pages, added the text, and voilà! I had a pretty ugly version of the story which you could read on your iPad. I showed the children and my wife.
I would like to say I had a grand strategy, that I intended to kick start in their little hearts the passion to make something more presentable than their dad’s attempt. That I “threw the game,” as you might say. That the horror they felt at the sight of their beloved story was carefully calculated. In fact, I just might say all of those things, to make myself feel better.
The First Verano iBook

The First Verano iBook

Well, with a start, they roared to life, grabbing the iPad, flipping over to Paper and working through a few of their own fish. That weekend we took a trip to the California Academy of Science in San Francisco to sketch fish. We spent the night at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, sleeping under the sardines in the Open Sea wing.
It was after the night at the aquarium that we had one blessed, focused day, where the kids sketched the artwork for the book. We mailed the pictures to ourselves, and then I began Pixelmating them (a cheaper version of Photoshopping) on the Mac.

 

Under the Sardines

Under the Sardines

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