weekend news

I was honored to be asked to create event artwork for the Oregon SCBWI Spring conference — registration is now open at https://oregon.scbwi.org/events/between-the-pages-2016-annual-spring-conference/SCBWI2016_vert_web

 

I did work on my daily sketches over the weekend, but I have decided that from here on out I will accumulate a week of daily drawings and then choose a few to post every Monday. I am finding that while daily posting is good for motivation, it is also a short hop from “a quick post on my blog” over into the crazy time-sucking vortex of social media. Hopefully I can strike a better balance by posting only once a week.

 

Daily sketch challenge

I’ve decided to give myself a daily sketch challenge. I’d like to create a morning routine that kicks me right into creative work mode (instead of loafing around in social media land), so the plan is to make a sketch first thing when I enter my studio, before I even turn on my computer or check my phone. I’m tempted to post on instagram, but I think I’ll limit myself on that too. I might choose my favorites from the previous week on Mondays and post a couple as part of my new and improved ‘internet presence’ routine. But I will post them here, at least a few times a week — fair enough since more frequent blog posting is one of my goals this year.

The challenge paramaters (for now):

• materials: dip pen and ink, plus one additional color if I want it

• theme: kids and pets

• bonus: a hand lettered word or phrase relating to the image

Here is day 1:

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Note: noodlers ink BLEEDS on watercolor paper.

 

Sneak peek

Here’s a glimpse of a project I’ve been working on for the past few weeks. These are a bunch of drafts of the color wash layer. Once I was happy with the color layer, I laid a sheet of translucent paper over the top and quickly made a graphite line drawing that roughly correlated to the wash below. After about a million drafts of both layers, I scanned and combined the color wash with the line art in Photoshop.

Done now — I’ll post final art when I get the go-ahead!

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IF – Universe

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When I saw this Illustration Friday prompt, I knew that I wanted to combine lettering and illustration, so I went searching for a quote that included the word ‘universe.’ The internet offered plenty of options, of course, but when I read this one, I loved it, and instantly envisioned the finished piece. It was only after I illustrated and hand-lettered it that I bothered to find the poem from which the quote was extracted. A beautiful, deep, thoughtful poem about…human sexuality, to put it in family friendly terms. Let’s just say it wasn’t G-rated. So I won’t be posting it here in children’s book land. Note to self: do the research before you get invested in a project!