Drew a picture of my pet monkey all dressed up for Halloween…
I wish… :)
One day when I have more money than I know what to do with I’m going to buy a monkey, name him Jack and make him wear a pirate outfit all the time… And it will be awesome. :P
You know what one of the coolest things is? Googling yourself and seeing three complete lines of your own work pop up on the screen! I just did it out of curiosity, and it was so cool seeing all my stuff… at least for a few rows. :)
But, and even cooler thing than that is having your second book completely done! Yes, done! Done and mailed out for delivery a week ahead of scheduled.
I asked the Author and she was alright with me using some of the completed pictures as part of my portfolio, so, if you head over to my portfolio site you can seen part of what I’ve been working on for the past few weeks! I’m really happy with how this project turned out, and I think the Author is as well. Hope you guys like it. I’ll be anxiously awaiting seeing this one in print.
I love my job and I’m so thankful God has given me the opportunity to pursue what I love to do. Two years ago, I shook me head when someone suggested I should illustrate children’s book. Now I can’t imagine doing anything else, but then, I have improved quite a bit over the last few years, and hope to improve more.
I’m excited to see where this road will take me.
Dreaming Big And Following God.
I took some time off the other day from illustrating to work on a quick project on the side. I love Garth Williams illustrations, so it was fun to be able to use them to make a friend’s party invitations.
My illustrations are coming along nicely as well. I got to paint a whole bunch of trees today. And there’s still a lot yet to do!
Something tells me I’m going to be sick of drawing trees by the time this is over, but hey, I’ll probably be really good at them.
It’s cool though, because the Author I’m working on this project with was open to using whatever medium I thought would look good. So, of course, I chose ink and watercolor! I just love how they look together, and I really like how it’s coming together so far.
Now, I better get back to work. So little to do, and so much time to do it in.
Got all the thumbnails approved today for my second illustration project. This one seems to be progressing a lot quicker than the last, but that could be because there are half as many illustrations this time. Seventeen seems pretty manageable after doing thirty six. :)
Will keep you guys posted.
Round two of what, you may ask?
Illustrating of course!!
I was just accepted this morning for another illustration job! And this one seems right up my alley. It’s a children’s book featuring… can you guess?
I know, it may be a little tricky, so I’ll just tell you. Owls! It’s not completely about owls, but I do get to draw one, and he’s going to be in several of the images.
FYI – the owl below is not the character in the story. He’s just a rough sketch that we started with. He looks different now, and we’re still working.
It’s been exciting seeing how God’s working through my new line of work so far. I mean, part of the reason I left my last job at the daycare center was because I wanted to pursue my art. I sort of jumped into it blindly, knowing this was what I was supposed to be doing, but not really sure where it was going. And, now I’m getting ready to start on my second book! I can’t wait to see where this is going.
Dreaming Big and Following God. :)
I thought I’d show you guys a little step by step today of my drawing process. Okay, so it’s only two steps, but it’s amazing what a little shading(or a lot of shading, in this case) can do to the feel of a drawing.
Suddenly a bright, sunlit room becomes a darker, more cozy room lit by the glow of the firelight.
I have to admit, when I first got these watercolor pencils, I wasn’t sure how much I’d use them. At the art store, I bought the smallest pack available just so I could try them out without spending tons of money for something I might never use. Since then, I’ve bought a much bigger pack and have used them in almost every colored drawing since, in some shape or form. My favorite combination is Ink and Watercolor (As seen above).
Someone needs to write me a book now so I can use them. :P