Looking at the Goodness
“I am going to touch some lives today.” That was Jefferson’s mantra for that Wednesday, one autumn afternoon. He had written a children’s book and he was continually adding text to it by coming out with sequels for it. The book was titled “Looking at the Goodness” and it was all about the good things to look at all around us and that we have God to thank for it all. His second mantra for that day was “God is good. There is nothing without our Lord.” That glorious first book was illustrated by Jefferson himself. He was his own artist and he was his own writer, for those two things he felt very blessed and grateful.
The first page of this new book was scheduled to have a colorful illustration of the ocean and how it receded to the sandy beaches. Jefferson was a reader at different venues. He read to youngsters and also to the middle age group and the older crowd, basically just about to anybody who was in need of a good story telling. Jefferson picked up inspiration from the many things that he saw and experienced around him. He had his digital camera and with Shari’s permission at the bake shop, he took pictures of the cup cakes and cinnamon rolls behind the glass shelves. He loved to turn these photographs into unique drawings that he would re-draw with his trusty fine point black marker. Then her would take his finished outlined drawings, scan them into his computer and finish the pictures with a colorful paint program.
Another few days passed and on his way home from the coffee shop as he was walking, he stopped by a construction site. He asked the foreman, if he could take some pictures of what the construction crew was doing. Jefferson explained to the foreman, that he was a children’s book author and artist and that he wanted to draw some scenes based on what the workers were doing that day.
“Hey, yeah, my name is Karl, I’m the foreman here. Of course you can take some pictures. None of this is classified. If it were, I would have been told by some of the top bosses.
“Thanks man, I appreciate the favor.”
Jefferson snapped away at the different beams being aerially transferred from one high location to another. He caught glimpses of their hard hats and thought that they would make great drawings that could be turned to digital artwork.
Next after lunch he found himself at the mall and he happened to be on time to watch the mannequins from one of the fashion boutiques be changed from one set of clothing to another. Everything the mannequins were wearing, were so upscale and chic. Apparently, a popular dress designer had signed a contract with a retail store owner and his dresses were considered some of the best of the best. Jefferson casually asked the window dresser if could take some digital snapshots of the dresses. He explained what the pictures were for, that they would be inspiration for some drawings geared for children.
“Why sure of course, let me ask my supervisor Molly, just to make sure,” Cheryl said.
“Thank you, appreciate you doing that,” replied Jefferson.
After a while, Molly came back and gave Jefferson the okay to snap pictures of the dresses as they were being put onto the mannequins. Later, in his notes, he wrote that the fashion industry is composed of dress designers who draw inspiration from the cultural clothing beauty from many countries and that the goodness can be felt and seen by their work. Jefferson also wrote that only the passing of time could tell as to which fashion trends would last at least a generation of interest from the dress buyers, but there was always an ample amount of excitement because there was a large amount of attention derived from the general public.
Then Jefferson went to the flower shop to take some pictures of some of the bouquets. There were also some creative centerpiece flower arrangements. They also seemed to be made more beautiful by the generous use of baby’s breath sprigs. Jefferson asked the florist Marty is he could take some digital pictures of all of the flower arrangements. Again, he stressed that they were for a sequel to his first children’s book.
“Anything I can do for you Jefferson, your mom has bought her fair share of flowers from us, so I give you free reign at it, with your camera,” said Marty.
“Thanks man, I’ll tell my mom that you said ‘hi’ to her,” Jefferson replied.
For his notes, he wrote that God shows us the beauty of the Earth through the greenery and floral growths all throughout. He wrote that some of the flowers are made into garlands and some are made into arrangements and are given to loved ones during special occasions.
A few days later, Jefferson walked by the Fire Department building and he asked the fireman who was washing down one of the fire engines if he could take some pictures. Gerry the fire fighter who was on duty personally told Jefferson that it was sure okay to take some pictures.
The fire trucks that Jefferson eventually turned into drawings of his were scanned into the computer and painted fire engine red. They were put into action shots as they were driven out of the fire house. In his notes, Jefferson wrote that the neighborhoods where the firemen in fire departments that were easily deployable were some of the safest throughout the country.
Jefferson went to the local record and cd store and marveled at the rock posters on the walls and ceilings of the different rooms. He asked the girl at the front desk if he could take pictures of the posters so that he could design some mock-up ones of his own for sequels to his children’s book. She said, why yes of course and off he went snapping away at the creative wall posters.
When he went home that day, he created ad campaigns in a poster-like template and the message of each poster was fun and unique. One offered a free cup of coffee for every two muffins bought at a fictitious bakery. In his notes, he wrote that the beauty of this mock-up poster was all of the graphical swirls and outlined floral drawings floating around in the background. He further wrote that the beauty that a graphic designer sees as he or she is formatting a template was in the design of the artist renderings of the objects that they were working with.
With all of the new drawings that Jefferson had amassed as a result of taking pictures with his digital camera, he was ready to make a sequel to his very first children’s book “Looking at the Goodness.” He looked to the notes that he had been feverishly writing down in between taking all those pictures. He had written at least one or two sentences about each group of pictures in his trusty notebook.
He had a free account with one of the local self-publishing Internet sites so he set up a title for this sequel as “Looking at the Goodness, Part Two” and left it that. The next day, he picked through the hand drawn pictures that were painted in by the colorful paint programs and he sifted through the ones that caught his eye. He hand-picked roughly fifteen to twenty different pictures and then went back and matched up the behind the scenes notes that he had written about each one of the pictures he had chosen.
Thus, after a few late nights and after emailing the editors of that Internet site, his project was officially approved and thus was created, “Looking at the Goodness, Part Two.”