Monday, December 10, 2007
Another crazy week flew by and I'm sorry to say Tortoise is still sitting on my drafting table. Ugh! I did manage to post comments on everyone's posts, today mind you, so if you're still interested take a look. Between Xmas shopping and preparing for the holidays in general, including the arrival of relatives for next week and trying to recuperate from my flu, I would really like to take a breather and run out of town to a spa or something for a couple of days and just "chill" like my kids would say. AHHH wouldn't it be wonderful. Of course I'm just day dreaming at this stage and need to face reality, the holiday crunch is officially here for moi!!!!!! Hope you've all managed to keep your stress levels to a minimum and if you have email me your "how to's" for the love of God. Happy blogging and may you all have a productive week.
Monday, December 03, 2007
Hope everyone had a great weekend. I'm feeling much better now and had a great weekend myself! The grand opening of the community center where I'll be working in January went really well. I had tons of fun teaching my workshops and getting people interested in taking a course with moi! I had lots of my work displayed so they could know more about me from cartoon funny faces so the kids could learn about facial expressions to still lifes and portraits to show the adults what my course offerings were about. It was a huge turn out considering we had 2 inches of snow fall that morning. Nevertheless they came in droves so everyone was happy. Anyway I had to put Tortoise on the back burner so I could prepare and did this still life. Sorry I don't have any children's illo's to post but hopefully it will be another story for next week. Hope everyone has a wonderfully productive week!!!!!!!!!!!!! Happy holidays!!!!!!!!!!
Monday, November 19, 2007
Just want to say thanks again for the suggestions on my tortoise story. I hope you all have the patience to give me more suggestions next week and let me know exactly where the beat is off when I repost it. I have a thick skin so don't worry about it. I really want to make it work and love to have fresh new material to illustrate. I've worked on the story some more but want to finish the rough draft before I post it again. I can't say I'll have much for next Monday with the holiday upon us and parties at school and at home but I'll try to sneak something in. So in a nutshell, I didn't get any farther with my sketch and feel like I'm coming down with the flu. This isn't good because I start my new teaching job in two weeks. They will be having their grand opening and having a whole celebration going on with many of the teachers giving demo classes so people will sign up. I being one of the teachers! I'm totally exhausted but totally excited too, if that makes any sense. Ok, I'm rambling now and need to hit the hay. Oh, on another note I was contacted by Bonnie who said she has too much on her plate at the moment and can't continue with the group. I was sorry to hear it but C'est la vie right. Hopefully she will join us again when things slow down. Best of luck Bonnie!!!!
Monday, November 12, 2007
Well, I've started a new story!!! Only gotten half of it written but that's a lot for me so I'm excited. It's based on a true story, actually, about a tortoise that we had just a few months ago. Unfortunately in real life he disappeared, my little ones think he's living happily in the forest but we don't really know where he went. It makes for a good story so I'm taking advantage.
It all started with him seeming totally restless in his glass tank and bumping his head into the wall trying to get out over and over again. It wasn't fun to watch let me tell you. And we all felt really sorry for him so miserable and all. He was what you call a Russian tortoise, and these are known for being incredible escape artists. Believe me this one was! Well, one day we decided to put him out in the yard to run free, if you will, and chomp on some dandolines (their favorite food). Of course we watched him vigilantly and never had a problem with it. Then we had a brainstorm. We put him in our vegetable garden which was enclosed! This of course was before we read on the internet that they can escape from unbelievable places. Well at first he would build up dirt and pebbles and sit on top of them always climbing and climbing on things. All was well so we let him hang out there most of the summer and checked on him a couple of times of day. One day he was gone!!! The walls on the garden are 12inches high and are made of chicken wire! Do you know that that little guy, Samson (named after his strength) got out. My teenage son found him the next day while jogging on the side of the road about a 1/4 mile away! We knew it was him because of his specific markings. We were all happy to have him back, eventhough the kids kind of forgot about him after a while. I mean come on he's a tortoise. He wasn't too entertaining after a while but it was a good alternative to getting a dog, which I would have loved but was not up to. To make a long story short we changed the walls of the garden so he couldn't climb them anymore and made them out of tarp and a little taller. He got out again!!!! and we haven't seen him since. It's sad I know but what's one to do. Anyway here's what I'm working on and I've done a rough sketch of him cruising the grass and dandolines. Let me know your thoughts on the illo and the text if you have time. Sorry about my rambling!!! Here's the beginning of the text:
Bored in his tank with no one in sight,
Samson wants out,
he wants freedom that's right.
He pushes his pebbles and makes a big heap.
All with his hiney and his big feet.
On top of this mound Samson feels tall.
He climbs to get out but then he just falls.
He wants to be free to run through the dew,
to eat some sweet dandolines oh just a few.
They loved him so much when he was brandnew,
so cute and so funny he'd walk and he'd chew.
It's really all Samson could do it was true!
Oh how they tired of him as he grew.
Samson was sad all alone for a while,
until one fine day a boy showed him a smile.
Are you here for me?
Can it really be?
Oh please pick me up I want to see,
the world all around me,
the flowers the trees,
I'll stay by your side I promise oh please!
He flew through the air held tight by his shell.
Landed quite gently he thought " this is swell,
the sunshine, the grass, soft under my feet,
adventures might follow who else might I meet?"
Crash it came down with a great giant thump,
next to his nose almost gave him a bump!
Quickly he hid deep into his shell.
He was in trouble this he could tell.
"Apples they're falling one by one from the tree
Bumppety bump they are falling on me!"
"Psst! Psst! Silly Samson this is dangerous ground"
said a dove and a bunny, "just look around!"
"Follow us to the forest you'll be safe far away,
the children won't notice what will they say?"
"Oh! Samson where are you? Where could you be?"
"Oh no we don't think so they're too silly to see,
that you are no fool you just want to be free.
They shouldn't have left you alone by that tree!"
As fast as he could he followed the pair,
bunny hopping ahead the dove low in the air.
Monday, November 05, 2007
Sorry to say I have no new work to post this week. I've been very busy getting ready for my new teaching job that's going to start in the beginning of December though. I'm extremely excited about it but very nervous to say the least. First time teaching adults so it should be a real learning experience. I visited the new location where the organization I'll be working for will be moving to and boy was that impressive. All shiny and new with great lighting and beautiful wooded areas where I can take my students outside ( weather permitting) and sketch, yay, I love that! I've been given the opportunity to start from scratch and furnish the artroom with the works! I just have to let them know what I'll need and go from there. Of course I'm in the midst of figuring out all the details so I'm a little overwhelmed right now. It's kind of bad timing with the holidays coming up but I said yes very enthusiastically to the job offer so there's no looking back now. Anyway I'm off to bed early tonight so I can get a fresh start in the morning. Have a great and productive week everyone. Goodnight
Monday, October 29, 2007
Thought I'd show you one of the pieces that I entered in our local art exhibit for my town library. It's done in my all time favorite medium, pastels. I love the mess and the colors when they don't get too muddy. It's a scene from my mother-in-law's house looking out of her picture window. That's a little bit of the Hudson River you see in the center there. I always loved the view and thought it would make a nice piece. On another note I'm still printing copies of my book dummy and sending more packages out each week. Hopefully someone will like it somewhere. Not much else too tell other than being very busy with Halloween coming up and school conferences and a couple of my little ones birthday parties. It's been a funfilled last couple of days and the parties aren't over yet. I'm off to hit the hay and start anew tomorrow. Have a wonderful productive week!
Monday, October 22, 2007
Sorry to say I have no new artwork to post this week. I am working vigorously on promotional stuff though so I feel good about that. I just recieved the latest 2008 Children's Writer's and Illustrator's Market so I've been updating my mailing list and double checking everything. I really have never sent out sample packets, mainly just postcards. So this is a big step for me. The book dummy going out and this feels great. Thanks again for all of your feedback last week. Glad to see everyone seems to be enjoying this critique group as much as me! Have a great week!
Sunday, October 07, 2007
Monday, October 01, 2007
Monday, September 17, 2007
Sunday, September 02, 2007
Monday, August 27, 2007
I did make it here Monday after all! This is another sketch I switched the text to within the piece. It's not much of a change but it's something I guess. I have three others I'm still working on and will post for next week. It was a really really busy week for me and I honestly have to say I didn't get much drawing done. I can't wait to get back into the swing of things with regard to my art and finish visiting colleges. Although it's been really exciting I need my life back! Hope you all have a more productive week than me. Happy blogging!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Monday, August 20, 2007
And welcome to Joni and Bonnie! I'm sure I'm speaking for all of us when I tell you how excited we are that you've joined our group. It's a great place to share your talents and ideas in a really supportive and friendly environment. That sounds kind of like a sales pitch but it's not, really! We're looking forward to your wonderful art and hope that the exchange of feedback will help you grow more as artists as it's helped all of us so far!
On another note, the top piece is a revised sketch from my Little Red Riding Hood book dummy I've been working on for over a year now and have almost completed. Yeah!!! Let me know your thoughts on any of it. Have a great, productive week!
Monday, August 13, 2007
On the bottom "ending" double spread piece I went back to a previous sketch and took it apart. I zoomed in on Granny and Red and set the huntsman giving Mr. Nasty the boot to finalize the story. You let me know what works and doesn't and if the text is all right surrounding the basket. I fiddled with that forever. If anyone has any suggestions send them on over. Looking forward to Bonnie and Joni joining us next week. Hope you're enjoying the blog and getting acquainted with everyone's work if you haven't already! Happy blogging everyone!!
Monday, August 06, 2007
Monday, July 30, 2007
On the piece below, which you've seen about 20 revisions for, I adjusted Red's eyes so they are more focused on the struggle and changed the huntsman's left hand again. Also added the kicked over stool to add more movement and lengthened the entire piece. Seems like I work backwards though. I start a piece and I always go bigger outside the boundaries of the paper for some reason and then have to physically add a larger paper behind it so that I can add everything I want to it. I then have to scan and blend the whole mess together in photoshop. I guess I have to start on a huge piece of paper so I won't go off the edges. Let me know your thoughts. Your feedback is invaluable!!
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
New expression on Mr. Huntsman above.
Get granny out too!!!!
I wish I had finished these a bit more before posting but I'm off to do a community project with a group of teens at our local library and I just plain ran out of time. Anyway, I'm trying to soften the look of Mr. Huntsman here. Before he had a more angry scary kind of expression which I think Gina you were right about being too much for the industry. I'm attempting thus to make him look like he's saying "OUCH" because he's feeling the wolf's teeth on his index finger poking him and he's totally perplexed with regard to the situation he's in mind you. Don't know if I've pulled it off yet but you'll let me know. Have a lot more work to do on his eyebrows/expression that I know. Then the next piece I started is where Little Red has just told him to "Get my granny out too!!!" after he's pulled little red out of the wolf's belly. Lots to do on this one too. Let me know your thoughts.
Monday, July 09, 2007
Even though I'm missing the sound of the ocean every morning while drinking my cup of coffee on the balcony of my little condo with Isabella Allende's latest novel "Zorro" in hand mind you, I love being home and getting back into the groove of things. I haven't yet done any grooving with my sketch pad and pencil but I'm getting there. Got my two little men off to camp this morning and the two bigs ones up at least by 11:00!! Hope to get one of the 3 last illo's I have to do or redo for my book dummy done for next Monday. Enjoy your week and the warm weather.
Tuesday, June 26, 2007
I haven't done laundry or cooked in 3 DAYS!! Yeah! We are all walking around and enjoying life here in Bethany Beach, De in our bathing suits mainly. Lovin it all! Experiencing great weather and nobody's come down with anything. Really can't ask for more!! I have nothing to post at this time because I've done nothin but caught up on sleep and relaxed a lot with the gang. I will certainly do my crits this week and try to post something for next Monday. I can't let it go for lng. Anyway what I've seen so far on here looks great girls. Hope to get back in the groove with you all. Thanks for the wonderful feedback on last week's pieces. I do miss being home in my tiny little studio though. I'm on my daughter's laptop presently and it's not as convenient as my nice computer at home. I'm in the middle of our condo's dining room trying to concentrate on writing with my two little guys running around and two teenagers warring over the usual stuff. Wouldn't trade it for anyone else's life even though half the time I want to run away to Tahiti!!! Keep up all the beautiful works!!!!
Sunday, June 17, 2007
I don't know where the time went but I did manage to finish these two sketches. Thanks for the feedback on the hands Brenda I know they were off but I think they are better now? In this top first one the huntsman is frantically looking around for the granny. He has previously knocked the wolf out cold by the doorway. I added some disarray to the room to make this more apparent. I also made the wolf's belly much bigger and left him laying by the door because in the previous scene that's where they were fighting. Does he still look like he's napping? Gina after you mentioned that I realized he did look kind of just relaxed there but didn't know how to make him look "knocked out" really other than adding things to the room that showed there had been a fight.
Monday, June 11, 2007
Monday, June 04, 2007
Monday, May 28, 2007
Sunday, May 20, 2007
Posting a little early this week because tomorrow Monday, let's just say I'm booked to the max with my kids activites! I know I'll never get to the computer so here I am on Sunday. Anyway thanks so much for the suggestions on last week's piece with Red and her Mom. I'm definitely sticking with the larger view of the room with the billowing window curtains showing the wolf outside sniffing the air. I cropped it a bit closer so the perspective on the room is better and you can't notice all of the wonderful flaws, like Red being to long and tall compared to her mom, also you can see the wolf outside much better now too! Thanks great suggestions. On a new note this piece I've posted here ( a doublespread by the way) I was going to leave out of the book dummy but decided to bring it back because I really like the aerial view. I posted this last year but it wasn't finished to this level and the layout of the text was all wacky. Anyway,without rambling too much more let me know your thoughts. I've posted all my comments on your pieces just today for this past week so take a look if you haven't already. Again sorry for being so late again. I was able to get a lot of work done today on the computer. I take whatever I get around here so if the kids aren't around I'm working if they're around forget about it. Have a great week.
Monday, May 14, 2007
After ( Now a doublespread)
Sunday, May 06, 2007
Sorry I posted my critiques so late again this week but that's the best I could do. Lately I've been running around like a chicken without a head. I finished them all so take a peek. I didn't forget you. Anyway, I've been having a good week playing around in photoshop and changing my first page to my book dummy so that the text is within the piece. I'm going to go in this direction with most of the book so hopefully you'll bear with me with all of my revisions! I had to make this piece of Little Red wider and taller so I could pull this off and also repainted the sky using only photoshop. How exciting! This is something very new to me being able to change a piece without actually getting the paints out! Anyway, if I screwed it up and it looks way off I know you'll tell me. Also I got a promotional sheet ready to send out and wanted to know if it's too crowded? You be the judges. Have a fabulous week and try those Ice chips Carlyn, they might help you. Feel better soon.
Monday, April 23, 2007
Just got back from the illustrator's day conference in NYC and had a pretty good day. Recognized some people from last year and yapped my little head away all day. The book review was a bit "crappy" ,sorry for the language but I don't know any other way to describe it. From the moment I set eyes on the person, no names mentioned of course, that was going to review my book dummy I knew it was not going to be good. She was really angry looking? Had definitely woken up on the wrong side of the bed and became very defensive when I asked her what her background was. I actually thought that was a legitimate question since I wanted to know what knowledge she was basing her critique on. All the other conferences I've been to always have a little bio on all of the speakers, editors, etc.. so you know who you're dealing with. And I asked her right up front too not after she started throwing the daggers so it wasn't a defnsive move on my part I was just trying to break the ice a bit or iceburg I should say. Or I guess she started throwing the daggers because I asked her? Who knows? I have a very tough skin so I made the best of it. Oh the funniest part of the whole thing was that in the middle of everything she asked why I didn't show Little Red Riding Hood being swallowed up by the wolf? I was like Huh??? I answered, "Wouldn't that be a bit much for the little ones who read these stories? Don't you think they would get scared? She answered "You might have a point there". God give me strength!
All in all though the day certainly wasn't wasted since I adore NYC and had the chance to talk to one of the artists' agents that was a speaker. I gave her my samples, which she loved, and said she would look at my site and email me if she was interested. Who knows , something might come of it. Well that's enough venting for now and I'm in need of lots of sleep so I'm off to bed. The piece I posted here is one of the last scenes from the book dummy. Let me know your thoughts and my apologies if I sounded whiny I just had to vent.