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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! 🙂

 

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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

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!  🙂

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

“Out at Sea” Gouache Sketch

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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! 🙂

 

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! 🙂

 

Acrylic Sea Turtle (Not finished yet!)

Hello Friends,

Well, I have no idea what I’m going to do with this painting! I am thinking that so far this is an “under painting” which means I will be painting over some of it. This is the other small toy box piece. But I am not sure if it is going to stay on there. I have never attempted a sea turtle in acrylics before. It looks kind of strange to me. Although, to be fair to myself, I have not painted any eyes in yet! So yeah, very strange looking!

I went to the library a couple of days ago and began working on the bones of my LAST writing assignment for my class. I am writing an article about leafy sea dragons. I am still waiting on a couple of books I ordered about them, though. It isn’t due until August 7th. I have most of the information I need to write it, but I figured a couple of more little books couldn’t hurt anything, right?

Also, the day I went to the library, I went into their little store…again. Yes…I went there. I’m not going to post pictures, but I’ll tell you what I got for just $6! If you saw my previous post about the art books I found awhile back, you’d see that I found a couple of books that came in cardboard slipcovers. They are over-sized hardbacks. I noticed this time that they are part of a series from “Time-Life Books.” Anyway, I found two more of those. One is called The World of Leonardo and the other one is called The World of Michelangelo.

I also found a book by Rene Huyghe called Van Gogh. So of course I had to get it. After all, he is my favorite artist!

I think if they keep cleaning out their art section, I may end up with their library of art books! Ha, ha. 😉 Of course, actually, I haven’t gone to check the shelves to see if for sure these are those books. I realize someone could have donated these and they didn’t need them in their art section. I have checked them all out at one time or another in the last five years. But now I won’t have to! Cool, huh?

Well, I need to get to work on my leafy sea dragon article. Plus, I am going to be doing a painting for a friend at some point soon.

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

 

 

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