Saturday, August 28, 2010

Weekending with a Sketchbook

We went to the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk yesterday, though these pics are from a week ago.

I had the distinct pleasure of watching everybody else ride on the rides, but I took advantage of my me time and broke out the moleskin. I walked around and sketched. Fun! 

I was encouraged by this blog post written by my Twitter friend Elizabeth Caldwell.

You can see I immortalized her on page 11. I'm not happy with the quality of these sketches, but I am happy with the act of sketching. I really need to play more. I was just scribbling and it felt great! I'm recording my life in this book and sometimes it, like the sketches, is not pretty. 

I just picked up Drawing Lab and I can't wait to play with it. I'm also revisiting The Creative Life by Danny Gregory.

When I checked in on my oldest son the other night, I found this wonderful drawing. I love the action, storytelling, and personality in these drawings. I want to draw like this when I grow up! Ironically, the next day he had a project where he had to draw people and he wanted me to show him how. I told him to just draw more of these guys, but he refused. Go figure.

My other son has been in a creative frenzy with duct tape, pvc pipe, and felt. 
Here's his new tricked out Nerf gun.

I love this shot of the Bean Bag people. Even the dog has one.

Friday, August 27, 2010


I've been working hard on adding new pieces to my children's book portfolio. I'm really pushing myself to show more action and storytelling which is great! The down side is that I don't have a single new finished piece yet. So frustrating! I am making progress, just not as much as I'd like. Here's a few character studies I've been working on for two different projects.

This guy is just a first round sketch. He needs more emotion for this story.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Sketchbook Project

I finally got up my nerve to do something with my sketchbook, for the Sketchbook Project. I've had this thing for weeks! This sketchbook is supposed to allow me to play, but I freeze up every time I pick it up. This spread is actually on pages 6-7. Don't ask what happened to page 1-5!

This is as far as I could get on the first page. You can just see the bad sketch of my dog on the next page.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Illustration Friday - Caged

This guy refuses to be 'caged'. I'm stretching it, but I think it works so there!

The struggle continues. I've been doing some experiments with my style lately. I've also started creating my art in layers as you can see here. Originally there was supposed to be a little boy piloting the plane with a 3/4 top view. I redid it twice, but never liked it. I should have known it wasn't working, since I rarely wanted to work on it. I finally gave up on the boy and replaced him with a pelican. I also changed the view. I loved it until I put them together and decided it's not quite working. Ugh! I'm going to put it aside for awhile and move on. I need fresh eyes! At least the pelican works as a spot illo.

Thanks to some wonderful artist friends, I tried this option. Better, I think.

And the winner is…this one. Thanks to Juana Martinez-Neal! FYI: I painted the background in matte acrylics, went over it with color pencil. The bird & plane are all color pencil on toned paper. They're combined in Photoshop where I cut back on the opacity of the background. It was competing too much with the bird. This method really sped things up!

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Monday, August 2, 2010

New Business Cards!

After a tense day with no mail, my business cards finally arrived from I'm so happy with them. I got a lot of help from Tracy Bishop while I was designing them. I wanted to have multiple images geared towards different markets. She came up with the idea of choosing seasonal images. My favorite is the spider.

Forgive my paranoia, but I blurred out the address. I don't want to blast it on the web.
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