On this page and on future pages, I'll show you a little bit of how PIGMARES was created, from start to finish.
It took almost 2 years to write and illustrate this book (actually longer; some of the poems were written 8 years ago!).
I usually start with an idea, perhaps a couple of rhyming lines or even a sketch when I begin writing a poem. I have two or three notebooks or a sketch book close by in my studio or in my back pack so I can write down any ideas that pop into my head.
I'm always afraid that I might lose that perfect idea!
On the right is a page from one of my notebooks (see how messy I write?).
These two pages are from one of my many notebooks when I wrote PIGMARES. This is a first draft of the poem for THE ABOMINABLE SNOW PIG.
In the final poem the first lines read:
On a high, frozen mountain
in a range in Tibet,
the ice an snow wail
in a sub-zero duet.
My cave is ice covered,
and so is my stew.
My hands are like ice cubes.
My feet have turned blue.
Can you see how much I changed the words?
Tune in soon for more monstrous manuscript outtakes and piggytastic pictures never before seen on the big screen or anywhere!