Friday, November 28, 2014

Snow Days


Snowy days are for fun and playing outside when you are a kid. For illustrators it's an excuse to lock yourself away and get some work done. 

Friday, July 11, 2014

Visual Mentorship

At the end of April I started a visual mentorship with E.B. Lewis.  A life changing opportunity to say the least!  My art has taken a Paul Bunyan sized step forward (if you are from Minnesota you know just how big that is).  After I return from the SCBWI Conference in LA I will write a proper blog about my experiences, growth and on going mentorship, but for now...

I know my "art" friends know how much work is involved in be creative.  Unlike the rest of the world, Art friends know we don't just sit around and color and draw all day.  Illustration is a lot of work.  Really hard work.  One thing E.B. has helped me with is how I see the world.  It turns out, I wasn't thinking enough.  I found my first assignment to be immensly challenging.  Stuck inside my adult brain, I couldn't get past not wanting to disappoint, living up to E.B. standards and what if I misunderstood the assignment? My artisic life would be over. Dead. Done. Gone. *Poof*!  Thanks to E.B., my critique group (girls, you know who you are!), my daughters and my husband, my anxiety has been supressed and my brain has reverted back to being a six year old child...almost.

As an adult, I thought I wanted to go back to being a child so I didn't have to think about anything.  I was tired of worrying all day and wondering how I was going to fix the entire world and still make it to bed before midnight.  But worrying is not thinking.  Worrying is worrying.  I now remember that as a child I was always thinking.  Absorbing the world around me, thinking about how things worked and how they could work differently, as a child I literally learned something new everyday.

To the adult world around me; climb out of the box you have been existing in.  Stop worrying and start thinking.  Think about how things work, why things work and what else it could be used for.  When is the last time you wondered why a spider has eight legs and how a hub cap would make an excellent super hero shield, for me it was yesterday.  So please throw away your boxes or better yet take that box and make something really cool.

Thanks E.B.!

My version of Princess & The Pea

Monday, January 27, 2014

Work, Watch, Wonder





There is only one good thing about cold Minnesota days (-15 today).  What could that possibly be?  With a day off from my 9-5, I am still wearing pajama's at 11:05 a.m., drinking a cup of hot tea and getting ready to color all day.

The drawing above is finally ready for color.  I will do a few color studies before I start (really more like 20).  I plan on digital color, but I might change my mind.  This piece is called Boy Wonder.

If I have time later I might work on a valentine for my local critique group, finish watching a tutorial on Lynda.com about Photoshop, watch a video for Mark Mitchell's color class, send a critique request out to my online critique group, work on my #PBDummy challenge book or type a few chapters on my YA.

I might even sit on the sofa and look out the window to watch and wonder.

Sounds like a perfect day to me!