I think I just couldn't bear to do think about this book for a little while--it really was a tough experience, especially for a summer project. That said, I am very proud of it and I think that both Michelle and I will be thrilled with the results. If she had not drawn all of these characters (and been in such a good mood about doing so!!!), this would not have been possible!
Issues ranged from PERSPECTIVE, sometimes an arch enemy, sometimes a friend. PA from The Night Before Christmas visited the Oval Office for a size study, and I ended up building about nine little sets to determine that in the end, the "wrong" perspective seemed to work best for the stage illusion.
COSTUMES were fun, especially for the women!
BUT despite Michelle's fine portrait drawings, PORTRAITS are just really, really difficult. I discovered that you cannot simply wash over an existing drawing with color--you have to understand the subject completely, just like the original portrait artist. I found the women easier--probably because I used to spend hours redrawing illustrations from Nancy Drew books when I was little! But Obama, despite his unique features, was sooooo difficult and I am still not thrilled--but the setting and the title should give everyone a clue as to who he is...I think!