No matter what books I am working on, somehow I end up with another book about goats. This year is no exception on that score. It does leave me learning to draw goats.
In school I drew horses. Lots of horses. I didn’t draw goats.
Later I worked on cats. These were much more difficult. I didn’t draw goats.
So now I need to draw goats.
This book is a little fun thing filled with alliterations, tongue twisters, short stories and short remembrances about goats. It isn’t quite done yet.
Since each short topic is on a different topic, each can be worked with separately. One series of flash fiction stories are related, yet each is still different. Each begs for an illustration.
Usually I use photographs. I have none to use to fit this book. The illustrations will need to be drawn.
The easy way is to have someone else who draws regularly draw these illustrations. Except the easy way will be the hardest way.
Who draws goats? Very few people around here. And goats are different.
Goats are angular, not round like horses, cats or dogs. Each goat breed is different and some of those differences are subtle. If the artist misses one, anyone familiar with the breed will spot it right off and know the artist didn’t know what a goat should look like.
That leaves me learning to draw goats.
I do have lots of models, if I can get them to stand still for a time. Photographs are easier and I do have lots of those.
The other problem is breed. My goats are Nubians with their Roman noses and long, pendulous ears. Other breeds have dished faces and upright ears. And LaManchas have tiny ears.
My solution will be to draw illustrations for the easy stories first. Build up my confidence. I can do this.
After all, learning to draw goats will be like learning to draw horses. It’s a matter of practice.
Martha Cunningham drew the illustrations in “Dora’s Story.”