Minuscule Illustrations: Decision

In October 2017 I came across an internet blog challenge for a story written in two sentences. I wrote a story. Liking the format, I did another one. Another one. And another.

Quite a few stories later, I had enough for a book. Not only did I have stories, but I had written a short poem and created a brush and India ink illustration for each one as well.

The result was Minuscule, published in 2018. I’m now going to show you the book illustrations as an ongoing feature on this blog, once a week. I’ll link back to the story (they have been published one by one on my poetry blog).

If you want to hold the entire book in your hand, the print version is available on Amazon.

“Decision” is the title of the story. Look here to read it.





6 thoughts on “Minuscule Illustrations: Decision

    1. Claudia McGill Post author

      Thank you. I am not fully in control of my drawing and so I am amazed when I get a result such as this (though usually I have made quite a few attempts). I was happy with how this one turned out. It fit the way I saw the story.

  1. Laura (PA Pict)

    I remember the darkness of this story. The illustration is great. Has he already signed that contract or is there time for a rethink? Is that a look of regret or of reconsideration? I like the uncertainty.

    1. Claudia McGill Post author

      Thank you. On most of these illustrations for this book I did several of the same scene. I can never reproduce a drawing even if I want to and when I felt something went wrong with the picture, I started a new one, and so I got interesting variations, often going back to an earlier one for the choice. I also think repeating the image (or trying to) helped me get more interest in each picture as I went on, usually. So this one in particular, I think, benefited from this process as I remember doing quite a few for it.

    1. Claudia McGill Post author

      Thank you. I worked in a bank for many years and I don’t know how many times I thought the same thing – hoping for the best, well, not such a good plan if that is all there is to the plan!

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