But the Q's are quite done, and I am quite happy about it!
Before I show you the Q pages, I want you to know that I kind of cheated again. Not really, but sort of. I scanned and copied some old artwork of mine, because I was too lazy to try to recreate it all over again. (Mea culpa!)
The original children's alphabet book that I started about 25 years ago for my youngest son and then abandoned completely after I'd finished just 10 of the illustrated pages (only to dust it off many years later and start working on it again when I became a grandmother) was somewhat problematic. The artwork was done on very large pieces of paper, and it would have been necessary to shrink the pages down to fit a printed book format--which in my crazy pipe dreams, the children's book publisher was going to do for me. The pages were also hand-lettered, because it was the olden days and I didn't have a PC with Word on it and therefore didn't have the ability to make the text look utterly professional.
Here is one of those original pages, with my big old size 9 feet nearby to give you perspective.
Well, one solution would be coming up with a new rhyme for one of the other letters where a picture of ducks would fit right in. So that is what I did, and this is how my 25-year-old ducks played their new part in my soon-to-be-completed (hopefully!) ABC Book.
The new pages are drawn on 8 and 1/2 by 11-inch card stock, so they are much more manageable. I print out the text first using Word and then do the artwork around it. The queen is all fresh and new; but those ducks were scanned and copied from the original book, and then glued into place under the text.
When I first decided to finally finish this long-neglected book as a gift for my grandchildren, I meticulously redid the artwork that I wanted to reuse. It was painstaking--because it's extremely difficult to try to recreate a drawing that you liked as is the first time around.
There is a part of me that thinks my queen needs a bit more tweaking, but I'm going to try to let the urge to improve her go and just move on; I can see the light at the end of the tunnel, and I think I actually might get this thing finished before 2018 is over. Stay tuned...