I don’t own and have never used photoshop. Just always found it to be too expensive. Instead I used CorelDraw, scanning in images etc. and later on I downloaded Autodesk Sketchbook Pro and Twisted Brush Studio (pixarra). Really though Autodesk Sketchbook Pro has been my main go to program especially in learning to work in layers and with brushes at differing sizes, opacities and saturations.
I designed this for a friend’s book that was published in 2013. She needed a cover pretty fast, hated the generic one the publisher was suggesting and asked me to design a cover instead. I sent a thumbnail to her via email which she sent to her publisher and they said to go ahead. Took no time at all to do the artwork. Took longer to find compatible software options for her publisher to use since I don’t have photoshop. And I had to get permission for one of the fonts to be used or embedded in the document.
I have been looking at lots of drawings, some traditional and many digital. A lot of animated things too. It has an affect on how you begin to approach drawing characters. I doodled this in just about half an hour. Thinking about how animated manga graphic novels and tv series handle hair almost as a character all by itself. And it doesn’t have to be blonde or brown or any set color.
Plus things like hair can almost convey the character’s emotion or personality. It’s kind of fascinating to me. To design emotional settings by dressing the hair of my character.
This character has come into the mix recently. No story yet. I did this digitally.
All my writer friends are working (doing the verk) blogging, writing morning pages, doing timed writing (500 words 30 minutes)
I feel like a slacker. I finally have begun engaging with three pages of morning (ish) page writing. Only because stories were fading away from lack of engagement daily. I find daily commitments either become obsessive chains (like ODC) or I prevaricate and procrastinate until the deadline is gone and the burden of guilt eases.
However if I am to write then I must throw off being ODC and procrastinating. I finally am finding a daily process of engaging in some writing “verk” and it’s not as unpleasant as I imagined it to be. Story seems to flow in and out of the writing. I may start with mundane details but then an idea creeps in and as I follow along other ideas, revelations & visual scenes come into play.
I don’t foresee myself becoming anything famous or clever but I am enjoying being a storyteller. A lot.
Splash is the June prompt word for the
SCBWI illustrator challenge
I flipped the image for submission. It’s a picture book thing you alway move from left to right.
A story could be made for this silly bird that wants to nest in a plastic grocery bag.
Source: 100 bad paintings
Lynn Whipple is one of my major influences as an artist. She is exuberant, joyful, colorful & just embraces creating
Her mantra is #1 move your hands!