Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Work in Progress

I thought I'd show you a bit of the behind the scenes of the illo from my last post. 
You can see the sketch here.


I paint in acrylics. Here you can see the underpainting in a purplish blue.
I paint over that in thin washes.


When it's all done, I outline it using various colors of Pitt Artist's brush pens. Then it's into Photoshop for some fixes, enhancements, & assembly, if needed. I usually paint different elements on separate layers, then assemble it digitally, but for this I didn't think it was necessary.


Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Friday, August 24, 2012

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Sketching, sketching, sketching

I'm busy sketching for a project, sketching for fun, 
& sketching for new additions to my portfolio.
So many ideas swirling around & so little time.









Monday, August 13, 2012

Savoring Summer

We're savoring every last bit of summer around here. School starts Thursday (sob). 
We made it to the beach where it was actually warm! Seems like every time I go, it's freezing.


Here's my two boys with my son's friend who calls himself my 'favorite' son. 
He's like part of the family.


We headed down to Buellton to visit family and took a little side trip to Solvang. It's an adorable 'Dutch' town just north of Santa Barbara. It's so cute & full of Dutch treats like Ableskivers & chocolate.




I also got a lot of sketching done on a new project I'm working on. 
Can't show that, but here are a couple of personal sketches I made.


 I miss the days when my kids thought a kiss from Mom would heal all wounds.


Here's a heart shell I found on the beach. I was inspired to photograph it by Kelly Rae Roberts. Check out here blog here. There's a great interview by Dr. Brene Brown (love her!).


 Some great reading I'm currently enjoying:
The new Uppercase Magazine with a section on children's books!


This book is stunning! Simply stunning! You must get your hands on it right away.
It's by Anne Marie Pack and illustrated by the amazing LeUyen Pham! It is drool worthy!


Whew! This is a looong post. Hope you're enjoying your summer. 
I'll be back to blogging more after school starts.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Lindsay Ward

Tracy, Casey, & I met Lindsay Ward at Hicklebees today. 
She was reading from her new book, When Blue Met Egg
I love this book!


Andrew & Lucien hung out here while we chatted on and on about illustration.



Monday, August 6, 2012

The Raccoon & the Butterfly


Just finished up this girlie for my portfolio
I'd really love to illustrate board books, so I'm adding this cutie toward that end.
I just love those precious little books!

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Camping & Sketching

We were so lucky to go camping in the Redwoods of Big Basin with some well equipped friends. 
We have sleeping bags, but that's it. We couldn't have gone without their help.




 The camp mascot, the Banana Slug.


I was lucky to get some drawing time in.



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