So, one time while I was taking a bookbinding class at BYU, I got this awesome (read: overly ambitious) idea for an advent calendar-themed book. It involved French folded sections with stories inside for each day of December up through Christmas. That year (2008) I was supposed to give a Christmas present to my brother Aaron. I decided I would make him one of these books. Before I even got going on it, however, I realized that I wouldn't be able to finish it on time, so Aaron essentially got a big fat IOU. When Christmas 2009 rolled around, I managed to make one of these books for my sister Sarah (we have a rotating gift-giving schedule in the family). It took somewhere from 40 to 50 hours to make, and once I finished it, I knew that there was no way on earth that I would be able to get one made for Aaron for the 2009 season. So, with high hopes, I set a tentative due date for Aaron's belated book: December 1st, 2010.
|Sarah's Christmas book, 2009|
Well, as we all know, Christmas has already passed and December is nearly over, and it is not a huge surprise that Aaron's book is still not finished. BUT there are very good reasons for this. Let me explain to you why this 100+ hour labor of love is not quite finished yet:
It all started out innocently enough. As you can see, the partridge in the pear tree is rather crudely drawn:
The two turtle doves were definitely more professional, but they were still pretty basic. It was at this point that I decided my only prayer for doing this in a timely fashion would be to save my pictures, open them in Microsoft Publisher and then use the copy and paste function to create my multiples:
The real time management issues seemed to crop up when I drew the three French hens. By this point, I had realized that I actually was better at drawing on a computer than I was with a pencil and paper. Why draw crappy pictures when I can turn out real works of art?? As you can guess, by the time I got to the twelve drummers drumming, I had logged about 25 or 30 hours of computer time on drawing and formatting the pictures.
|3 French Hens|
|4 Colly Birds|
|Sweat runnin' all over my 5 Gold Rings|
|6 Geese A-Laying|
|7 Swans A-Swimming|
|8 Maids A-Milking|
|9 Ladies Dancing|
|10 Lords A-Leaping|
|11 Pipers Piping|
|12 Drummers Drumming|