I loved words. I love to sing them and speak them and even now, I must admit, I have fallen into the joy of writing them. Anne Rice
There are many reasons why surgeons aren’t the first people you would go to for creative advice or inspiration…
The most important one being, for years and years in medical school we are taught to absorb and regurgitate, no actual ‘out of the box’ skills required!
Subsequently, our technical skills are honed for years in a speciality field. Like a well-oiled machine, we function on autopilot for the majority of our day and we achieve great results.
So, ask us to step out of our comfort zones and you find most of us become fish out of water.
The point I am making is, my transition to story-weaver was far from seamless…in fact, I was in need of safety pins to hold it all together, on more than one occasion!
YM advised me that by using real artwork as opposed to digital illustration for the book, the process would be far more labour intensive, but …aiming high (learnt in med school) and the god-complex ( won’t happen to me, I’m a doctor!) meant that I surged ahead….
That yielded approximately 30 pieces of art …and a surgeon who was clueless about how it would become a book.
Stars have fallen at my feet at many turns along this journey and one such person was PCK, a specialist in his own right, an art photographer!
He captured in HD and translated all images into tiff, jpeg, foreleg …oops …and all of a sudden, I had my illustrations for TGD!