Live Your Story

live your story

This poem has been through so many editions…

But I needed to practice. I needed to go through all of these ideas to build on the ideas I have today. Last night I sat writing with an ache in my heart and a lump in my throught. With each stroke, the voice in my head suggested stick to the regular a’s, write neat, and remember who you are.

Oh the power of art.

I am ready to begin more sketches for the book. This weekend I’ll begin painting, aqua, pink, navy blue and…wait a minute maybe this color scheme will work…

blues. pinks…
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Book Process (Part 2)

Oh my gosh working on the final stages of my books drove me crazy. There was this battle inside of me. 

I keep editing because well, I don’t want to publish a book with a misspelled word. On the other hand,  I stall when I’m on to SOMETHING. I do this all the time. Only these days I recognize this resistance as lizard brain. 

I will never forget the day I thought I was done and IT FELT GOOD. What do I do? I delete the file I’m working on. I I actually published my first book with highlights. Yikes! Thank goodness it was an easy fixable e-book. Imagine if this edition had gone to print. 

There’s so much involved in working on a chapter book. I need to find a new program to help me put together the book layout. Word is terrible. I would edit a picture and the whole layout would shift. 

The best part is I completed my goal. All three books are done. I realize more than ever that I don’t need to draw or paint like my favorite artists. The world already has them. I can make mistakes. 

I have lots of designs that I sketched years ago. It’s only after these books that I can share them. I’ll never make that mistake again. 

What a roller coaster ride…

 there are no impossibilities 

wise trees book

Picture Book Process

Step 1 thinking map for Wise Trees 
Create lots of bigger sketches
test color  

another map  to create a book dummy

Oh I forgot the first step is to let go and write a story. My best stories happen when I let them. 

In between the painting I tweak the story.

Next I scan the art, enhance color and remove the backgrounds. Finally I create a digital layout of the book and paste everything in. 

Last I choose the font, layout, cover and color. 

Next is the wait. I take a break, then come back with a fresh pair of eyes, grammar and theme. Is the language right for the audience? I analyze the characters and several rounds of editing. I get why other artists say that not every part of the process will be fun. This process is so emotional. 

-there are no impossibilities

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writing a picture book…

this week I have been working on lots of side projects, got a new painters pen and am working on a collaboration project.  I did finish editing most of the trees for the wise trees book.

Dedication Page

BEAUTIFUL trees inspired this book. This book is a reminder to always follow your curiosity and imagination. All trees were created with tempera paint, watercolor, ink, crayons, cotton swabs and other ordinary objects that create extraordinary trees.

 

Page 1

roxytree

Have you ever been curious about all the trees in the world? I have! Each one is a sight to be seen. Roxy loves them like bears love honey.  I love them best on a day that’s breezy and sunny.

 

Yes I think this is going to work. One page and 32 or so to go.  Working out so many details for the book like, fonts, layouts and edit a few dozen more times. I may add some more trees…who  knows.

notes:

  • use a simple.33 cents sponge craft brush
  • customize the brush bu cutting in strips and gluing it in different directions.
  • mix up the perfect tempera with acrylic or did I use acrylic?
  • create contrast by leaving white spaces hear and there
  • layer with darker tones for even more contrast
  • draw Roxy as cute as she really is

 

Imagine all the impossibilities that are possible.

 

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Wise Trees Indeed

Wise trees book

So I didn’t make my Read Across America deadline BUT I was sick and still am. I am slowly recovering and something AMAZING happened. After a long LONG  week I got out my paint brushes and painted. With each stroke I felt this charge and painted an awesome tree.

Tree Notes:

  • observe a tree
  • wait a few days and recreate it from memory
  • use the shape of size 10 brush to create the leaf shapes
  • using brown and yellow watercolor for the trunk makes the perfect brown
  • use tempera paint and add the paint in layers going from light to dark

Afterward I reflected on how I felt and literally jumped up like a kid who’s just been told he’s going to Disneyland  That’s how I know that I can’t give this art up. Art is in my blood. It just is. I can’t believe how easy it was to create this beautiful tree. Four trees to go, and I will be ready to scan all of them and start putting the book together . There I go again with a smile.  I see every page and with a deep breath and a smile I know it’s going to be awesome!

Imagine all the impossibilities that are possible.

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Imagine the Possibilities

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I went to the festival and It was so amazing to see so many artists. As I looked at all of the colors, shapes and textures I giggle smiled. What’s a giggle smile you may ask? Ever see a kid  walking along and all of a sudden see a giant gumball machine. With a smile and giggle they want a quarter and are itching to turn the knob!

I have and I was that kid too.

I had to draw it. I drew this quick but its an idea!

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You have to imagine and dream like Walt Disney. You have to explore what makes you giggle smile. It sounds silly but so true.  The more you explore you realize that everything and anything is possible. This is true with education and art. Then I started thinking about last week’s influence map.

How can I create art with my style and tell my story?  I now understand that the point of these awesome characters like Amelia Bedelia and Pippi Longstocking is to JUST BE, relax, have fun and play.  Plus I can surround myself with what I love and that will somehow indirectly show itself in my art. Yes I can reference  Pippi isms like her love for the word spunk. I much rather capture  the spirit, curiosity, spirit and individuality that she is. Why? Pippi and Amelia remind me of growing up.  Plus everything is best done with love.

Here is one idea!

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Right now I am loving art.  This idea is a fun way to say follow your purpose and you just know when you know that something like your dream is meant to be right?   I am ready world and you better be ready too! I am giggle smiling.

What about the design elements I have been learning? Oh these have given me tons of possibilities too.

I have been able to go from this

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to this

bird

 

Imagination helps you push past the impossibles and keep learning and discovering.

You are going to see lots more projects and lots more exploring. You work on your projects too and share them.

Oh in case you are wondering I have changed my posting schedule to Saturday. Coming August 18th I will start working on back to school lettering projects. If you are interested then be sure to like this post.

Now if only I could take better pictures.

 

See you soon!

 

 

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Letter U

Tools: Tombow Marker , any paper I can find and micon

Thoughts: Love this color and just wanted a fun idea!

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I drew and letters and one letter was slightly bigger and and then I thought balloons.

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Letter T

Tools: sketch pencil but practiced Fauxlligraphy

Thoughts: I love this and had no idea that there is a term for it. I just practice brush lettering with a pencil to learn the thicks and thins of creating a letter.

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Letter N

Tool:
Yoobi  tricolored pencil

Thoughts:  I love block letters, but I said this already. I love nature and mixing color with watercolor paint to get the same texture.

I like the little bird in the nest….it was just the first thing that popped in my head as I was drawing.

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Letter M

Tool:  sketching pencil  ( writes very light so I had to go over the letters)

Thoughts:
I love playing with the word and creating objects within the letters

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I just love block letters.