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Inktober 2018 – Day #18 – Bottle

Hello Friends,

I just took a few minutes to sketch this out. The prompt for today is “bottle.” As you can see, my bottle has a message in it. I wonder what it says?

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

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Inktober 2018 – Day #10 – Flowing

Hello Friends,

Today I used a different kind of pen. I wanted my ink drawing to be in color! So I used some Real Brush Pens made by Arteza which I bought here! https://arteza.com/products/watercolor-real-brush-pens-set-of-48

I saw an ad for them on Instagram so I spontaneously ordered them! They are very soft and flowing pens. But a little hard to get used to because the tips are like paint brushes. You would think that would be easy for me since I already paint with watercolors, but the feel is just different. Anyway, this is my drawing for Inktober 2018 – Day #10 “Flowing.”

River Buddies

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

 

Inktober Day #8 – Star

Hello Friends,

Here is my ink sketch for Day #8 of Inktober. It’s a good thing that starfish has a buddy to catch him!

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

FINAL, FINAL, FINAL ILLUSTRATIONS!!

Hello Friends!

So this is my painting and Chinese ink drawing (which I just did yesterday) for my entry into the Golden Ticket Contest for my illustration class! Whew! The deadline was this morning at 9:00 a.m. to get them to the lady who is stacking them for us! I couldn’t get a little bit of the sidewalk outside cut out of them, but I take my pictures in sunlight and didn’t have much time. I think she can fix that, though.

It’s a Sea Party!

 

Mr. C. Turtle Makes New Friends                                                                                                      

SO! Yesterday was a LONG day. On Friday a friend in our Facebook group for the class told me I got a critique on my first pieces by Claire Easton who is a children’s book agent from Painted Words. Her website is here: http://painted-words.com/represents/about-2/

I couldn’t view the webinar on Friday, because of our crummy internet connection which didn’t reset until yesterday. For some reason I assumed my friend was referring to the painting I posted where the hermit crab’s shell was yellow (which I thought was the one she critiqued and looked better than the crab’s first lavender shell.) However, she was critiquing the one where he had the lavender shell! She said there wasn’t enough contrast between the color of his shell and red body, which I agree! That’s why I changed his shell color to a bright yellow in my second or third revision (I’ve lost count,) but I ended up getting it too dark in this final piece. It is too late to do anything about it now, but I am just thankful for Claire’s critique!

Well, getting back to what I did this time in the painting…I used watercolor instead of the Inktense pencils for the background. I also made other little changes, too, adding detail to the sea turtles which she suggested in the critique.  She also said my characters were fun and the scene was energetic. And she complimented my composition. That really encouraged me!!!

This morning I went to check out her website and was surprised to see that another person who has stepped up to become an agent as well, is an author/illustrator whose class I did online a few years ago at Craftsy.com!! Her name is Shadra Strickland and taking her class online is what sparked my interest in writing and illustrating children’s books in the first place! She’s awesome! You can check out her Craftsy class here: https://www.craftsy.com/drawing/classes/the-art-of-the-picture-book

And again, getting back to this revision, Friday night I spent the evening redrawing the composition onto my heavier watercolor paper which also made a huge difference. Then Saturday I began working on the painting around 9 or 10 a.m. and finished it and the ink drawing around 10:00 p.m. last night! And amazingly, because I got up frequently and did some stretches, I am not in pain today! I still can’t believe it. I really enjoyed the process.

I feel like I have learned a lot from this class. The instructors are super encouraging and kind. I still have a lot of material that they posted in the Bonus 6th week that I haven’t had a chance to even read yet. I watched a couple of the interview videos, but I am glad we have 6 months of access to all of the materials, because I want to go through it again SLOWLY!!

I plan on getting back to doing as much of the Inktober ink sketches as I can. I will be going through a free Photoshop course at the Children’s Book Academy soon which was a free bonus given to me when I signed up for the illustrator course. A different instructor has posted tons of videos teaching how to use it. It is very different than the program I had years ago. I plan to wait a week or two (if I can) before going back to that. I really need a break but am so excited about all of this! So that is all for now, my friends!

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

Inktober 2018 – Day #1 – Poisonous

Hello Friends!

This is my first year of participating in Inktober! I am not doing it every day by any means. In fact, the first day is the only one I have been able to do so far!

In case you aren’t familiar with Inktober, the illustrator, Jake Parker, started this in 2009 and it took off! Apparently, people have been participating in it worldwide ever since which I think is pretty cool! Here’s a link to his website. https://www.mrjakeparker.com/inktober-1/

The video is only about a minute and a half of him talking about it! Check it out!

Also, I decided that the second image for my illustration class is going to be in black and white. I am planning to do it with Chinese ink and brushes! Wish me luck!  😉

I worked on pencil drawings of my characters in different poses yesterday for the ink drawing, but still need to fill in a little bit of background but this one is going to have lots of white space and be a simpler composition!

So at this point I am not worrying about posting every day for Inktober. That’s the great thing about things like this. You just do what you can when you can!

My last pieces for the class contest are due by Saturday at 5 p.m. So it is going to be a busy next couple of days for me! I hope everyone is having a great week and has a nice weekend! Until next time….

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

The Final Piece

 

 

Hello Friends!

Well, this is the new piece and my FINAL FINAL color piece for the Golden Ticket contest in my class. It is a little bit photo enhanced, and if you saw my last post, you know I changed it some. I added my little fuchsia fish back into the composition. I also made the top dark instead of light because I wanted to give it the affect of them being at the bottom of the sea where it can sometimes be brighter which means the top of the water would be darker. I still didn’t get it how I wanted it, but I have to have it in by Friday, and I haven’t started on the second piece yet!

I think I am just going to do a black and white drawing with ink for that one which is an option. I plan to also make it much simpler with lots of white space which our instructor loves in picture books.

Yesterday I got another massage which helped a lot!! And I scheduled my next one for the first week of November. If I am going to keep doing this kind of work, they are going to be a necessity! My arm isn’t bothering me at all; it’s mostly my lower back, but I am going to sit for awhile now and work out a composition with pencil that I can go over in ink for the second piece of this final work.

I hope everyone is having a great week! It feels like it should be Friday already. I’m not used to working full-time! Ha, ha!

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! 🙂

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