Here is a just a small sample of the iteration I did for the cover of my book CONFISCATED. As I did these iterations I didn't worry if it was right. I just open myself to the possibilities of change and iteration. With every iteration I had fun. I played. I learned a ton and I am a better person for it. Every iteration my thoughtful editor and art director supported me to refine the idea to make it as I say in my animation classes to "Sweeten the idea". To all trust your gut but also trust the people you work with. Making picture books I found my true calling but also on this path I found my kindred spirits. I found collaboration is my favorite part of making a book.
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