The Making of a Children Book
Roadrunner Rikke

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April 5, 2022
From Clay to Rikke

"Which came first, Rikke or the Clay?"

If you're not familiar with what a Rikke is, well, Rikke is a who, not a what. And this "who" is a roadrunner, and the hero of our children's book project. So back to the question, which came first?

Julia used some modeling clay to develop the character of Rikke more, so we could see it in 3D. And she succeeded. In this EPIC FIVE HOUR stream, without any breaks I might add, we got to watch her start with a wire idea of a structure, then add clay as she needed to develop a shape, then fine tune the details to create the head of our star, Rikke.

March 23, 2022
Character Development

Here birdy birdy!

Julia sat on a rock facing the roadrunner cage for hours. We were at Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha, Nebraska on a mission…a mission to see a roadrunner up close. I wanted to take pictures for later reference, but, more importantly, Julia wanted to get some drawings down on paper to start the process of developing this children’s book character we’ve created, a roadrunner named Rikke.

March 21, 2022
Research Roadtrip Recap

What lengths have you gone to while researching a project?

We just traveled 6000 kms through the US Southwest, on a road trip adventure to research, and get inspiration for, our latest project. We are working on a children’s book in which the hero is a roadrunner named Rikke. To learn more about roadrunners, and get inside Rikke’s world a bit, we researched online, read a lot of articles, watched documentaries, and more. But what we really needed to do, we thought, was to go where Rikke lives.

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