there's this column in the book.
it comes from nowhere.
one moment. no column.
the next minute,
here's a column! (it's important to the story.)
i was thinking maybe this column should show up at least time before it's needed.
"what's on a column?" i thought to meself.
his bust lives on columns. my book is, afterall, about music. so ludwig showing up makes sense and scores me smarty points with music teacher types.
here's the thing, though...
beethoven, the beethoven we know and love, he doesn't smile. in fact, he not only NOT smiles, he scowls. it's his thing. the scowling.
scowlers don't belong in kids books.
especially scowling heads with no body.
that sort of thing will mess you up if you is four.
so i toned down the scowling.
(this was just a prelim sketch to test the effect. he looks more like thomas jefferson than beethoven.)
...i better put something else on that column.