Mac McCool - Children's Book Illustrations and Graphic Novels

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Mad about Maddie!

As I'm working on the breakdowns of the early reader graphic novel project that won first prize for the best "picture book" manuscript at the last Los Angeles SCBWI Writer's Day contest, I'm in search of the look of my characters. Maddie (shown here) will play a BIG role in this graphic novel, so I'm not going to quit sketching until she's the most adorable talkative girl in the world! What do you think? Which one do you like best?!


Blogger Sara said...

I vote for the one with the dark wild hair (2nd row, 4th from the left) Of course, that could be because I was a wild-haired kid myself. :)

Congrats on that win, and I'm looking forward to seeing your sketches in person in L.A.

6/17/08, 3:09 PM  
Blogger Joey said...

Hey Mac,

I really like Sara's choice too. My fav is the 3rd row, 3rd from the left. There's something appealing about those quirky hairstyles.

Looking forward to seeing you both in LA.

6/17/08, 5:21 PM  
Blogger Mac McCool said...

My illustrator's group has also given me a lot of thumbs up for the brown haired pig-tail versions, so keep those votes coming!

Sara & Joey!!! I'm thrilled you're coming to L.A.!!! Yeah!!! Let's have breakfast or dinner together!!!

6/20/08, 1:42 PM  
Blogger wrigleyfield said...

I vote dark wild hair also! An added bonus is that for some black girls, it would be an added chance to see someone who looks at least a little like them in a book, which is all too rare...

7/7/08, 8:38 AM  
Blogger Candace Ryan said...

I vote for the long pig tails, but that's without knowing much about Maddie's personality or the setting of your graphic novel.

If I knew Maddie's character better, or when/where the story takes place, I could possibly select a different Maddie.

Sorry, this probably doesn't help.

7/8/08, 6:15 PM  
Blogger Candace Ryan said...

Oops, that's long *brown* pig tails.

7/8/08, 6:22 PM  
Blogger Natasha Kline said...

I also vote for the brown-haired pigtailed kid...(the one with bangs) because she looks just like ME! Hee hee....

Long time no talk, Mac! I hope everything is well with you and yours.


7/8/08, 9:41 PM  
Blogger Mac McCool said...

Wow! Great feedback! Thanks all!!!

Wrigleyfield -- I too love that girl's look (and want to use it, but it may have to be in a future story where she would have a more suited role! Stay tuned!).

Candace -- Hi ya! Maddie is a lively talker, big-hearted energetic lil' girl. She's a running encyclopedia on Mount Rushmore.

Natasha -- Oh my!! So good to hear from you! Yes, there is an air of resemblance! Haha!

I'm working on the looks of Maddie as we speak! So any more input is still useful!!

7/9/08, 1:28 PM  

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