|The curtain opens to reveal a very theatrical book hoofing it to promote literacy.|
Artist: Heather DiDomenico
As I wrote my dissertation I imaged all of the other doctoral students out there breezing along with the luxury of uninterrupted time and boundless energy. It was only in discussion with others that I realized research and writing is not "easy" for anyone. Creativity takes planning. Planning takes time. Time allows for error. Error eventually produces results.
The creative process is a process. Although moments of inspiration and creativity appear along the way it all begins with a vision. The vision is then shaped and worked on until a (hopefully) satisfying result is produced.
And sometimes the vision needs a little help from others before it can manifest. This was certainly true when I had the notion to create an image for my new literacy project called Broadway Books First Class. I saw the image very clearly in my mind but lacked the artistic ability to execute it.
I sent out a few feelers to some talented individuals but did not find a match until my mom suggested asking my young niece, Heather, to create the image. Heather was agreeable so I gave her a detailed account of what I wanted.
However, she was unfamiliar with my references - "The hat should be on an angle like Liza's in Cabaret when she is singing Mein Heir" "The book should look somewhat like a dancer in motion from A Chorus Line" "I want a cane and top hat similar to that of Fred Astaire" "Bold, dark lines like the Broadway poster for Beauty and the Beast"
|Heather's First Sketch|
The final result is a dream. She created an adorable image that makes me want to cuddle up with a book and become lost in the entertainment it offers. From the expressive "Spongebob" style eyes to the banana-shaped mouth the image is absolute perfection.
So, meet the face of Broadway Books First Class.
Thank you Heather!!!!