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Hello Friends!

Now that Folktale Week and Inktober are all done, I am getting back to what I love to do best. Paint turtles! There are so many different kinds that I haven’t attempted yet. So last night I finally sketched this little guy on the rocks with my Inktense pencils. It felt weird because of all the graphite pencil work I’ve been doing lately.

I hope everyone is having a good week. I’m going to town again today to try and get rid of some books at my favorite used books store. Then I am going to check out the new library in Red Bluff. Normally, I only go to Redding for everything. But I met with a couple of ladies there last month to talk picture book stuff, and didn’t have time to browse that day. I will also have to get a new card since they are in a different county.

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

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Inktober 2018 – Day #12 – Whale

Hello Friends,

Today’s prompt for Inktober is whale. You may recognize this whale. I did a watercolor/ink drawing of him a long time ago! I love Beluga whales so much! They always look like they are smiling!

So I drew him again but with different colors. I used ink and my Arteza Real Brush Pens.

Now back to resting my shoulder! This didn’t take long at all and the brush pens are super light and easy to use!

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! 🙂

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! 🙂

Mr. C. Turtle & Friends – Different Layout Idea

Hello Friends,

Well, last night I decided to quickly sketch a different layout with my Inktense pencils for my piece. So what do you think of this one…

compared to the first one…in terms of colors, design, etc. I would really appreciate anyone’s input! Thanks! (My shoulder is feeling much better!)  I really want to finish for this contest. 😉

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

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!  🙂

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! 🙂

 

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! 🙂

 

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