final sketches – for real

that’s it I’m done will all the sketches. I don’t usually do this on a Sunday but I have a week off. I wanted to finish all of the sketches, set them aside and focus on just for fun projects.

I’ve done the lettering and everything seems like it’s all in the right place. Next week I’ll go over everything like making sure I spelled words right before I ink it. And I need to paint the book cover.

Yeah makes sense to give myself a week to play with texture and technique. Then with a fresh pair of eyes I’ll edit, revise and create the book cover.

Not sure which of these to include.

…the first, but I’ll make a tiny adjustment. Two new James Victore inspired projects, my hearts collection, reading up on picture book publishing and business, organzing files…it’s going to be an interesting week.

Oh Texture

Playing around with some dry brush techniques. I like this idea for the tree, the final go on and live your life tree. This tree will also be on the book cover.

The tiny hearts fluttering out could resemble butterflies or leaves.

I’ll paint and test out color schemes. I can’t believe I’m almost done with this book.

I’ve said that the whole point of this book is to simply let my ideas flourish. To take my time and allow my ideas to take hold.

This texture is simple and beautiful. I say its the sporadic and the unplanned that lead to the most amazing experiences.


try new things

Idea 1 : Paint some cool clouds with this cotton pom-pom. Not bad.

Idea 2: Use a little India ink to paint a heart. That was fun.

Maybe I should rethink the color here?

…but the more I look at it, the more I like it
…which one has the right vibe.

Who you are is a wonder to behold. Which one has that vibe. I’m going to say the 1st is easier on the eye and sporadically feels right…

Idea 3: Paint a heart character ( idea 2and 3 are for the book)

Idea 4 : This idea came from a book. The passage is something like this,” Most fish talk. You just have to be willing to listen. One, of course must want to hear.

india ink is beautiful but the fish and lettering need help…

“What an awesome way to say believe in the impossible. The impossible can happen but one must be willing to think it so.

Idea : 5 It’s been raining a whole lot and yesterday the sun came out. To bask in the glory of nature one must experience pouring rain. Oh it’s so true because the skies are ever so blue, crisp and clean. The first glimpse of sun always warms me on a cold day after a storm. It did today. Then …we’ll there goes the awesome clouds I made this morning.

Oh well ,you win some and you lose some. It’s the game of trying new things. I have two projects down for the book. I still have to think about the lettering layout. I can’t obsess because I got this. I will paint the words, practice watercolor. I want this book out there. People are going to love it. They already love the poem…no hay imposibles.