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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! 🙂

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! 🙂

Colorful Creativity

Hello Friends!

The other day I watched a five part video class online called “Hand Lettering & Calligraphy” taught by Bri Davey at the Children’s Book Academy. The videos aren’t very long so I stayed in the Barnes & Noble cafe’ for a couple of hours. I just watched, listened, and took notes.

Then I went to Michael’s and bought a calligraphy pen, some ink, and some colored calligraphy markers. We already have another larger pen and more nibs.

So after practicing some capital “A’s,” I got out the markers and made this. Mind you I lost track of my title!! What the heck? I thought I’d share it anyway!

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

TAKING A BREAK!

Hello Friends,

I just wanted to let all of you know that I am going to be taking a break for a week or so while I get my last writing assignment done.

There is also a whole lot of other stuff going on. The Carr Fire in Redding, CA, was only about 40 miles away from us. However, it didn’t reach the downtown area or the city itself, just the outskirts. Unfortunately, we do know people who have lost their homes or are still evacuated. So it has been a very scary week here.

Our daughter was supposed to have this whole past week off since last Wednesday. But she got home that night and had to leave to work a fire camp (she is NOT a firefighter) with her crew on Sunday morning. The fire they are at is near Susanville and Eagle Lake. It is much smaller and not spreading as fast as the Carr fire. That one spread very rapidly overnight and has burned over 98,000 acres so far. The good news is that for now, it is 20% contained.

There have been five deaths that they know of. One was a firefighter, one was a bulldozer operator, and one was a great-grandmother with her two great-grandchildren. They were 4 and 5 years old. It was very tragic.

Somehow I have managed to keep working on my assignment but it feels slow-going now. I still think I will make my deadline, though, which is August 15th.

But I do not have any new artwork in the works at the moment. I probably won’t be starting any for another week or so. I just wanted you to know I didn’t fall off the face of the earth! And I will answer comments and questions on this post.

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

Frolicking Fish

Hello Friends!

Well, I got a little crazy last night while I watched “The Glass Castle.” Such a great movie! I saw it in the theater a few months after I had read the memoir. Great book and movie!

Anyway, just wanted to do some more acrylic work. This is just a little 8×10 canvas. The animals are not all in the correct SIZE perspective, but I can only fit so much on there! Ha, ha! I really like the way it turned out especially with the waves at the top of the water.

I am hoping to start on the cat painting by tomorrow. I need to work on my article assignment today. I really want to finish that soon…before my deadline!

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

Pandas and Bamboo!

Hello Friends,

I haven’t gotten to the cat painting yet, but last night I quickly sketched these goofy pandas and bamboo while I watched t.v. Yesterday I was feeling better, but not quite up to par enough to start a more serious project. So hopefully, today or tomorrow for sure.

I got out my Chinese paint brushes and ink and a piece of heavy watercolor paper last night to do these. But my little panda turned out too dark. So this morning I added a little white acrylic paint. However, now he looks like he’s in the shade! Ha, ha!! That’s okay. I guess if I added a lot more bamboo above him, it would fit.

This morning I worked on my leafy sea dragon article for my last assignment. I also went through the children’s marketing guide looking for magazines I could submit it to. It is frustrating when trying to fit a topic and word length with different magazines’ criteria. But that’s part of what I’ve been learning to do.

I am actually hoping my instructor will recommend that I can take another class called “Beyond the Basics.” I can’t take it unless she does. It is mostly writing articles for magazines and is more like working with an editor. The instructor takes on the roll of an editor working with a serious writer. My assignment is due in three weeks. So if she recommends me for the other course, I probably won’t start it until October when our daughter leaves for Australia.

I hope everyone is having a great week! I am feeling so much better today. So I am going to exercise now.

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

Leafy Sea Dragon-Chinese Ink/Brush

Hello Friends, 

Just a quick sketch today of a leafy sea dragon. I did this with my Chinese brush and ink. It felt really good to draw this afternoon!

My husband and I had a great time with a couple we had lunch with on Saturday. They are from Louisiana and he was out here on business. His wife came with him so I went with George to meet them. I loved their accents so much! We had a great time and a wonderful lunch.

BUT! Sunday morning I came down with a bug and was sick until Monday night. No fun! I don’t think it was the food, though. I got a lot of reading done and watched a funny movie. But I think what helped the most was the Campbell’s Chicken Noodle soup! Seriously! I woke up this morning feeling all better!

So I went to the post office and mailed a package and letters to our son in the backcountry. He is doing well. I sent him some snacks and more notebook paper and envelopes. He has been so good about writing to us and all of his friends. We are so proud of him.

The next project I am planning to work on is a watercolor of a friend’s cat. I just haven’t had a chance to get to it yet. I hope everyone is having a good week.

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

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