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Man proposes to girlfriend in library with self-published children's book


Awwww. To propose to his girlfriend, Paul Phillips wrote a book about their relationship, had it illustrated by Nashville artist Yoni Limor,  printed it. Then he planted the book in the library and arranged to have her stumble across the book and read it to him. Then he proposed. :-) More info on Reddit, where Paul originally posted the news. Also worth reading: the illustrator's blog post about the event as well as the story on Buzzfeed (latter has more pics as well as the whole picture book text & art).

You can read the whole picture book on Imgur.com, where PPaul9 has posted his book. Both Paul and his girlfriend like going to the zoo, so Paul wrote himself as a gorilla and his girlfriend Erika as a giraffe.



Images via Reddit and Buzzfeed.


Writer & Illustrators: Don't forget the fun!

Charles M. Schulz Museum, Santa Rosa

Above: Me, in the Charles M. Schulz Museum in Santa Rosa, CA.

Nearly finished final revisions to illustrations for I'M BORED (and created a new Facebook Page for I'M BORED -- if you're on Facebook, I'd appreciate it if you could Like it at http://www.facebook.com/boredbook).

Meanwhile, though, I'm still trying to do a little bit of writing and illustrating every day purely for the fun of it. Sometimes I post this publicly, sometimes I don't. I strongly feel that doing something creative & fun with your craft on a regular basis is vital. I find it helps keep me from getting in a rut, gives me a chance to experiment, and sparks new ideas.

Off to do some doodling now...