A wonderful friend saw the sketches for the four covers I’m working on and was shocked that I still had work to do. “Those aren’t the finals?”
Yeah, well, no. This one took about eight hours, and it’s not done yet. Why do simple line drawings take so long? They’re just cartoons, after all. I don’t know, lots of decisions and messing about with possibilities. Making sure the text will fit, trying to make it interesting so a child will want to read the book. Stuff like that. And, I don’t draw people.
This bit of reality that even well-meaning people often don’t get reminds me of something Susan Long, another dear friend and a true artist, said. When questioned about the price of one of her *quick* line drawings, she said, “This took me 45 years and 15 minutes to complete.”