Little over year ago – while I was working on my thesis – one sleepless night I got an idea for a children’s book. The story of Dyykkariprinsessa (in English: Dumpster Dive Princess) came to my mind. It’s a tale about a girl who finds a crown from the dumpster and starts to think about why some people have so much and some so little. I had to climb up from the bed and write down the story. I knew that I couldn’t start working on it right away. I had to finish up the thesis first. Which I did and became the Master of Arts (Art and Design) Yippey! But after that I didn’t manage to get back to the book idea… until two weeks ago. I finally opened the story line file and started to plan out how to make the book into reality.
I started by doodling the story into illustrated spreads. I kept in mind that the amount of the pages needs to be divided by four. That is because of the binding of the book. Then I started designing visually the characters.My main heroin is redhead girl Milli with green eyes in a yellow dotted dress.She has a little brother – who I just call Pikkuveli which means little brother in Finnish. And cat named Mauku. I work with watercolors, pencil and ink.Also there is mom and dad (on right below). They don’t have names yet.Plus some other characters will come up on the way.
I’m so happy I got the project finally started. The book will be in Finnish. There is lot of work to do but only by making it it will come to reality. I feel so excited working on it. I promise to keep you guys posted about the progression of the project. Wish me luck!