I’ve been brainstorming ways to represent this story in different mediums. I’ve already written it down several times and orally told it to many people in different settings. Someone once told me that it could be a good children’s story… or perhaps that was something I came up with on my own. Either way, this thought has stuck in my mind because I enjoy both writing and drawing.
This morning, I was in a really pleasant in-and-out-of-dreams state and felt inspired and ran with the idea. Here’s what I came up with:
What I have found quite challenging with this whole process is keeping my story straight. I mean every time I tell it, something is different. In these illustrations, for example, I’ve suddenly decided to put a whale into it, which never crossed my mind before, only because if it’s a children’s story it has to be a little less abstract…right? Mainly, the parts I am unclear on within myself are the ones that are always changing. 1. How she gets to the surface and 2. How it ends. I’ve tested out my alternative storylines on different people to see their reactions. In one end-of-story scenario, I got whimsical and had the girl-creature turn into a feather and float away in the wind.