I like the cage and the whale. I need to add a few spots to the starfish. It’s amazing to see how much detail goes into each piece. I speak of the rooster I worked on today. It is a process but I’m getting there. I miss painting. I miss watercolor. I miss painitng but I am keeping with this promise of completing every illustration with collage. Besides, creating animals through observing shapes is good practice. I should start the year off doing creative exploration. AND that should lead me into the next book about hearts. Sounds like a plan.
I haven’t read Different Is Beautiful in a week. I’ll read it Monday and share a preview with my tribe.
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Still life drawing is an absolute must for every artist. I sketched my favorite shoe.
How did I sketch a pretty good shoe in five minutes, with a pen? This morning I set up my shoes and began sketching. I took way to long sketching. I kept trying to replicate my shoes. Sure, many could replicate color and all. I’m not so good at this. It was horrible. In between the erasing my IC grows.
Then it occurred to me, I’ve seen illustrations from detailed realism to mere dots. The more I research types of art and technique, the more I realize that any form of drawing, doodling, sketching, and painting is art. Part of my process doesn’t need to include perfection. So yes, I have an idea for Road Trip. I wanted to push past the mistakes and make it work. I got to use gouache paint. I thought I needed to purchase a fine tip round brush but I already have one. Good practice!
which brings me to showing up. There’s going to be lots of bad art. I get that now. Show up anyway.
Nothing more than showing up has given me the courage to play and embrace ideas. To once and for all, listen. Big Magic is an amazing read.
I came into this year seeking to improve my drawing skills. I did that with each of the books I wrote. I drew every single picture for Ana & George.
I discovered an awesome palette. I love my drawings. Oh and I’m much better at drawing that which I love. Yes.
I spent a whole year putting this book aside. In a matter of days, long eight hour days sketching and coloring, I finished. Had I not shown up for days all year on other projects, I never could have done this in a matter of days.
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.