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Meet Buckshot the Tortoise!

Hello Friends,

I wanted to share an informative and fun video about tortoises (and turtles) with you. I didn’t go looking for this – my daughter sent me the link – she knows me so well!

I am currently trying to get my physical strength back. Our dog has tripped me twice in one week and both times I went down. Lately she has been lying in unusual places where I just didn’t see her! I keep telling my husband she must be trying to kill me because she’s sick of the gross medicine I have to give her twice a day for the rest of her life!  😉

Anyway, I am not sure I am going to be able to re-do my picture book painting for the real Golden Ticket contest that the illustration instructors are doing. It would be due in five days and I really don’t want to be crippled from trying! I got a lot of feedback from classmates about changes I can make to help it look better. All their suggestions were helpful. But my gut is telling me not to push it.

I hope to do some sketching for fun soon, but in the meantime, enjoy this fun video!

Have a wonderful day, and give someone you love a big hug! 🙂

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Illustration Class: My Last Assignment!

Hello Friends!

Well, I am finally done with the last assignment for my illustration class. The past five weeks have flown by while I’ve been busy with this. For our final assignment, we had to do two illustrations and a 60 word (or less) bio to go with it. I worked on this for the past three days almost non-stop! My shoulder was hurting last night, but after a great massage, I woke up feeling ready to finish today..and I did! Also, thanks to a fellow classmate, I was able to send my images to her so she could “stack” them. I don’t have the tools to do that yet. So “we” finally finished about an hour or so ago. It is after 9 p.m. now, but I wanted to do this post so I can sleep in tomorrow!

Here is what I came up with.  For the stacked version where they are together, on the first illustration, I could not get it to crop in the right place on my phone before she needed it. The left edge is supposed to be further right so the juvenile sea turtle looks like it is peeking into the picture, and the right edge is supposed to be further left so it is more flush with the bubbles. This was all done in watercolors, even the printing! Also, I realized after she was finished, that I didn’t adjust the color well enough. So they look washed out.

Biography for the CBA Golden Ticket Webinar

Patsy H. Parker enjoys reading children’s picture books even though her two children are now 19 and 21 years old. Her favorite animals to draw and paint are sea turtles and other sea creatures. She has been dreaming of writing and illustrating children’s picture books about sea turtle characters and their underwater friends for many years.

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Here is the second set of pictures with the colors adjusted. I think the second full-color spread looks better, but the title page, even though it is cropped right, still needs some adjustment. The background looks like it has a tint, but it was painted on bright white watercolor paper, so my phone did that.

This has definitely been a learning experience. I do NOT plan to take any more classes for the rest of the year where I have to submit stuff on a deadline. However, I will eventually get back to the other online “classes” from the other company. And I just got the latest version of Photoshop which I am realizing I have to re-learn! I loved what we had years ago on our desktop. I have been without it for quite some time so I figured it was time to get it. I just wasn’t able to get it in time to know how to do my own paintings for this assignment!

Well, it is almost 10:00 p.m. now. I need to go rest for the night. I hope everyone has been having a good week!

Have a wonderful day, and give someone you love a big hug! 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sea Turtle Drawn with Inktense Pencils

Hello Friends!

This is the another drawing I did with Inktense pencils a week or more ago. I forgot to post it!

The color of the plant at the bottom didn’t quite come out as dark as I thought it would. And I thought the red plants would come out brighter so as to be “pointing” towards the center of interest which is obviously the sea turtle. So that’s why I added the two red starfish which I think helps balance the colors overall. What do you think?

I have so many, many things to learn about composition! Like how to actually PLAN one! Ha, ha! I often just sit down and either draw something out of my head or use a picture to draw something from.

I hope everyone is having a nice week so far. Our son is coming home from the backcountry tomorrow night! We are super excited!

I had to get a massage yesterday so my arm won’t be trashed. But I am laying off of art for a few days and resting it. I’m going to stay off of my laptop now, too. Until next time…

Have a wonderful day, and give someone you love a big hug!  🙂

“Inktense” Sea Creatures

Hello Friends!

Last night I was trying to work on the element of composition. I still don’t think this shows enough depth in the background. But anyway, it was just a fun doodle I did with my new Derwent Inktense Pencils. They are similar to watercolor pencils, but are permanent whereas you could add more color to a watercolor painting, or use a wet brush to lift color out.  But I don’t think you can do that with these pencils.

This is Mr. C. Turtle and Hermie again. I couldn’t figure out how to draw the hat at the right angle. And if you look over to the right, above Hermie, that thing sitting on the ledge is supposed to be a puffer fish! Ha, ha! I don’t know how to draw those quickly at all as you can tell. It just looks like a blob with eyes. And the little red things are supposed to be starfish. The upper one’s leg came out weird, so I decided he is helping to pull up the one on the bottom. He is lending him a leg instead of a hand.

So anyway, I just felt like posting this to share with you that I am still having fun learning! I never want to stop learning about and trying new materials even if I don’t like how something turns out. And the only way to ever master anything is to keep practicing! There is always more to learn.

Have a wonderful day, and give someone you love a big hug! 🙂

More Hermie & Mr. C. Turtle Poses and Expressions

Hello Friends!

Here are a few more expressions and poses I was trying out last night for Hermie and Mr. C. Turtle. I have no idea where that arrow came from. 😉  So now I am nursing a sore shoulder! Only one more week left in the class!

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! 😀

SMUG AND CURIOUS

HELP!!

ANGRY

SMUG

Mr. C. Turtle Meets Hermie

Hello Friends, 

So this is my finished assignment for this week! It is an 11×17 watercolor of some characters I’ve been working on. Mr. C. Turtle is telling Hermie he needs a haircut! I hope you can see Hermie’s eyes well. I also did not sign it as it shouldn’t have anything on it. The facing page of the picture book would have their dialogue with some background color, etc., but I didn’t have time to get that done.

I worked so long and hard on this yesterday, but my phone camera is not doing the colors justice for some reason. To me it looks more washed out than it actually is. But this was the best picture I could get this morning.

I need to get my day started earlier than usual because I am meeting a friend in town today.

Have a wonderful day, and give someone you love a big hug! 🙂

“Out at Sea” Gouache Sketch

Hello Friends!

I wish I was out at sea! While I am trying to absorb all that this illustration course is teaching, I am way behind on actually planning illustrations for my “Mr. C. Turtle Makes New Friends” picture book. I just don’t have all of the text figured out as to what illustrations could go with it and how many pages it might be. Picture books are a lot of work and take lots of planning!!

One of the things I have been enjoying is seeing demonstrations of some materials and techniques I have never used.  So the other day I was at Michael’s and had a half-off coupon that I just had to use (you know how it is.) I decided to pick up the cheapest brand of Gouache paints called Reeves. They are very different from the feel of watercolors, but I think I like them. I only used a few colors to play with in this first go at it, so I just played and didn’t have any specific pic in mind.

I have been feeling a little overwhelmed with this course. I think many of the people taking it are already professional illustrators or well on their way. But seeing their work has been good for me because I need good examples of what I want to strive for. I don’t feel the need to compare myself to them and I don’t feel inferior either. There are a lot of talented people in this class, though! So I’m just trying to keep up. Only two more weeks left. But I will still have six months’ access to it so I can go back and watch things again.

Yesterday our daughter put down half the price of the car she is buying. So today we went to town so she could pick it up. It’s in really great shape! So proud of her for saving for it. Now I will have my car back all the time! Yay!! She is applying at the Halloween store which is still hiring and would keep her busy for the next couple of months since it is obviously temporary, but I hope she gets it.

Well, I hope you are all doing great and had a nice Labor Day weekend. I can’t believe it’s Friday already! Have a nice weekend!

Have a wonderful day, and give someone you love a big hug! 🙂

 

Pen and Pencil Double Spread Idea

Hello Friends!

Well, this is my assignment for this third week of my illustration class. Mr. C. Turtle is angry because everyone keeps saying “Hi Mr. sea turtle” but HE thinks they already know his name and he is very confused.

And that’s okay, because I am feeling very confused at the moment about exactly how I want to tell this story and whether kids would even understand it!

 

So it has been a very busy week. But some good news is I will have my car back now! Our daughter just bought a used car like ours but a different color. She put half the money down today and we are picking it up tomorrow morning. The seller lives a half hour’s drive away. It’s a 2002 Toyota Camry. Ours is a 2004. The difference is that hers has about 100K less miles on it than ours!  Ha, ha!

Well, I have not been able to do my friend’s cat painting yet, but when I am done with this class, I will have more time to do other art. I have some new materials that I am wanting to play around with! It has been fun so far.

Have a wonderful day, and give someone you love a big hug! 🙂

Green Eggs & Ham

Hello Friends,

Yesterday I got out of the house and went to Barnes & Noble so I could finish watching this week’s videos for my illustration class. So I was there a couple of hours. Took lots of notes.

Then I started browsing. Low and behold, what did I find? Sam I Am!! Isn’t his smile delightful? The other day, I read through the book “Green Eggs and Ham,” by Dr. Seuss, observing his illustrations. So when I saw this little guy sitting on a table and marked 30% off, well…those darn impulses!

I have been learning a lot, hopefully, but have not had as much time to actually draw as I thought I would. Just trying to keep up with everything they are teaching is time-consuming! But today and tomorrow I hope to work on my thumbnail sketches and start working on my third assignment early next week.

I also found another website called Society of Visual Storytelling which is here https://www.svslearn.com/what-we-do/ if you’re interested. Jake Parker, Will Terry, and Lee White have all been professional illustrators for years. Yesterday in town, I watched their introductory video for the class called Creative Composition. 

I couldn’t see them, but I could hear them and watch what Will Terry was showing and teaching about on his computer screen. Anyway, they are pretty funny! So it was great. I will have to go to town to watch everything, but this is a site where I can go at my own pace, and I have access to 80 DIFFERENT COURSES!!! I can work on any ones I want to and all of my progress is saved on their website. Plus, it is only $25 a month! It’s crazy! So I guess I will be “in school” for quite some time to come which is exciting!!

I have completed 25% of Creative Composition, and 7% of Illustrating Children’s Books, Part 1. But I don’t plan to let these distract me from what I have already been doing. It was just a fun break!

Well, I hope Sam I Am’s smile gives you a giggle today. I smile every time I look at him. He is sitting on my writing desk.

Have a wonderful day, and give someone you love a big hug! 🙂

 

Hermit Crab & Fish

Hello Friends,

Here are the other two characters that I have in my story I am working on!

Have a wonderful day, and give someone you love a big hug! 🙂

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