Happy Holidays and Peace to All
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Haven't posted for awhile. Been downright distracted by my life. I think I need to be an octopus. Even if I was an octopus, would I have enough hands? Too many tasks, Too little me. Then again?? If I was an octopus, would I have so many tasks?
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
It's funny as I was drawing my little germ creature, and smearing the graphite with my finger, it brought back a memory of one of my art teachers. I remember him saying how when using something like conte' crayon or lead or any thing sloppy that smears, you should always keep an extra piece of paper under your palm so as not to smear. Today as I was purposely smearing, I seemed to get a bit of extra enjoyment out of it all.
Monday, September 28, 2009
Friday, September 11, 2009
Today is the first day I feel like getting back on task. I’ve been down most of the week with a head cold and nagging cough. Needless to say I do not think “A Road Map to Dreams" will be airborne by the 15th as I had hoped. Plus looking at the art I think it needs more work than I had originally thought. It’s funny, no matter how many years I’ve put into doing my art; it’s still a trick to budget time. For instance, last week I sent off a promotional package to Highlights for Children. I woke up feeling inspired and ready to let something fly! I figured I had all the pieces and parts. I thought for sure I could get this thing out later that day. Then the mailman comes early, usually he’s a 4pm run. Next, the story that I had written some time back and figured was pretty well together, needed some work. Followed by a “too dry” formal letter to the art director, and one to the editor, both needing to be more “friendly”. So with the help of a good friend. The story was edited and the letter became "friendly". Of course to finish off this process was a last minute run to Target for ink. As it all came together, what started on a Tuesday was out the door on a Thursday. All in all I felt good about getting the promo piece out. It was also a good reminder on realistic expectations.
Monday, August 31, 2009
As for today, I've decided to put away the "Kitty Cafe" (the piece I've been struggling with). Although the words are there, the drawing is not coming very easy. There is a certain look I want to achieve with this poem, It's been dancing around my brain for 10 years. Now, all of a sudden I am trying to rush it out in a week’s time. No, there's another one just about ready to go. "Road Map to Dreams" has been with me also for many years, yet unlike Kitty Cafe this one only needs a bit of "tweaking". (God I use to hate that word when I worked at the ad agency) Today I feel renewed and ready to work. My goal is to send something out by Sept. 15th, I am sure I can accomplish this! Why is it always so hard for me to meet my own deadlines? I have never missed anyone else’s.
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
solitude before the kids get up. Got the kids off to school. Yay! Summer vacation is over and I am in my office, drawing table is ready to go, and here I sit at the computer! Well I did tell myself I would not leave this space until 1pm, in an attempt to get use to working on art again. So the goal-- 3 days a week 12 hours total. And I did worked on my drawing some. It's a drawing that goes along with a poem to be sent off to Spider Magazine in hopes of victory! Although I didn't work on it as long as I would have liked, it was an attempt. I am tired today and my progress is quite slow. So now I am dabbling with this blog. Maybe short blurbs on my process will help me in my quest to be a professional, published children's illustrator. Say that five times fast.