Diversification Idea Musing… feel free to comment or ignore as you like…
This is something that has been growing steadily since the summer. As you know, Kira Morgana writes children’s books and up until now, they’ve been illustrated by Maria K.
So I was playing around with one of my favourite short story forms last summer – the tricky but satisfying “Dialogue only” – and I inadvertantly created, not only a whole book of stories, but also a set of characters that seems to grow exponentially every time Puff gets bored…
Someone suggested that I get them illustrated. Maria didn’t have enough time to do it – she’s got a full time job and is also busy translating and writing herself… so I had a go at it.
This was the result:
Now, I wasn’t all that happy with this one (which is why it’s a practise page) but my friends and family loved it as much as the original dialogue stories, so when I started the new term on my art class, I decided to develop it as a project…
It’s kind of taken on a life of it’s own now and is developing nicely.
And now I have a dilemma.
As I have said, up until now, I have kept all my children’s books under Kira Morgana. But I am enjoying doing the illustration for Author & Muse and would like to expand into doing my own illustration for my children’s books.
I’ve been signing the illustrations of the Author & Muse stories with MEW (Kira Morgana is too long for the space) but should I do that with the illustration for my children’s books, or should I just use my real name (MEW is my initials) of Mandy E. Ward, or should I just keep it to Kira Morgana?
What do you think?
**Keep an eye out for a new page on the site – I’m going to add my Ilustration work here once I have worked out what name to use!**