Have you made any resolutions for the new year? I usually have mixed feelings about making resolutions. But then the new year begins, and I get really excited about possibilities! This year, I have two resolutions: to take care of my health (especially after being sick since November-definitely getting a flu shot in 2019) , and to have more fun making art. 🙂 LIKE RHINO IN UNDERPANTS!
This year was a difficult one. It was also one of the most heart-filling years for friendships and loved ones. I met some amazing people this year that I am happy to call friends, the friendships I had before felt more special to me, and my appreciation for family grew. So it was a hard year, and in many places, a sad year. But also a good year.
I often imagine going through my mental baggage at the end of each year and picking out the things I want to take with me.
This year, I’m taking a few things with me:
- The day is not complete until you’ve made at least 5 mistakes a day. Everything after that is bonus.
- It doesn’t have to be perfect, have fun in the process
- Confidence in myself to succeed.
Recently, I signed up for BluPrint, which offers online classes on all sorts of creative topics. If you are familiar with Craftsy, you might have already heard of BluPrint. I originally signed up for the class because Mike Curato was presenting a class on Picture Books. Mike was my mentor during my stay at Highlights Foundation this summer (which is another experience I highly recommend. Highlights is a wonderful retreat for the creative mind) Mike is an amazing author/ illustrator who has created the Little Elliot Books and illustrated some other amazing stories. He’s also just a super nice person and I think the world is better with him in it.
Now Mike’s class is not quite available yet, I was too hasty in signing up! But I’ll be sure to let you know exactly when it does. 🙂
In the meantime, Shadra Strickland also has an amazing class about creating picture books, and this class was a wonderful experience. She takes her time and clearly explains how picture books work, and the steps to create a book for submitting to a publisher or just for your family to enjoy. Here is the link to her class.
There have been some basic concepts to picture book illustration I kept getting hung up on. It’s probably my training in traditional animation, as Shadra uses an example from her student’s work who also trained in animation. I felt like this class was made just for me, but of course, it wasn’t- and it’s available to everyone. 🙂
Below is one of Shadra’s books she illustrated “A Place Where Hurricanes Happen”
You can get a free week trial with BluPrint, and during their Black Friday sales, you can get a cheaper subscription rate.
I’m not getting paid for my recommendations, by the way. I’m just excited and want to share 🙂
Good evening, everyone! I have some great news! My birthday is coming up this week! YAY!!!!! Because it’s so last minute, I will not be accepting presents, but rather request you give yourself the gift of something nice just for you. Maybe it’s reading a book and enjoying a hot cup of cocoa, maybe it’s an evening of binge-watching your favorite show, or maybe it’s going out and splurging for that travel mug you’ve been eyeing.
I had an AMAZING week last week hanging out with my two nephews, who are 15 and 8 years old. They are funny, clever, and really nice. I really love them both and am so proud they are my family.
The only downside to my time with them is that as soon as I recovered from my own cold, I got my nephew’s cold, and it turned into bronchitis. YUCK. I went to the doctor today and got some awesome medicine and hopefully will be a lot better for my birthday. But until then, OFF TO BED!
Hi there! How was your week? Did you meet any interesting people? Did you try a new ice cream flavor? Was it delicious?
I was pretty busy this week working at the library, and I didn’t have an opportunity to finish any drawings beyond the rough sketch stage I’m pretty excited about what I’m working on because it’s very silly. I like silly.
Story Time is wonderful, and I’m starting to find my stride as a Youth Services Clerk. It really helps that the children and their grown-ups are so darn AMAZING. They make the job easy, and I’m really glad we have this time together.
Cheesy? Of course, it is, but still true.
This dragon came to visit me a while ago and wanted to say hello. Keep your distance though, unless you want to get a cold. But we both (dragon and I) would like to hear more about the ice cream you ate this week. We’re all ears!
Hello again! I’m so happy to see you! How has your month been going? I hope it’s been really wonderful since we’ve last been here.
I took on a new position at the library. You are now reading the blog of the Youth Services Clerk. So now I get to handle programming from infants to teens, and every week there are three STORY TIMES. I love Story Time, and I LOVE the families that come and spend a bit of their morning with us. I learn loads from the children, like how to jump up and down and shout “I LOVE THE COLOR BLUE!!”
Of course, it’s not all roses. There are temper tantrums, boogery noses, and once, someone even threw up. Note to self: this story time program makes kids barf; please revise for next year.
Are you following me on Instagram yet? No? WELL, WHY NOT? Just in case you aren’t, here are some monsters you may have missed.
Hello and Happy Thursday to you. Well, that is, if you are reading this on a Thursday. You might be reading this on a different day of the week, in which case, happy Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday or Sunday to you.
There are SO many things I want to tell you about, and SO much that has happened since I last wrote to you. But this is only one blog post, and you probably only have a few minutes before your next meeting, or appointment, or until the light turns green. Note: please do not die reading this blog post while driving. Thank you very much.
This was a difficult summer and full of emotions. But there were some really wonderful things about it too. I went to Highlights with my friend Jeff and we met some AMAZING people there who were so nice. I really can’t recommend going to a Highlights Foundation event enough. I really left with purpose and joy in my heart, and being able to keep up with those awesome people on Instagram and twitter has been so lovely. Art was fun again and continues to be fun.
I met some monster friends this week who had some monster-sized emotions. I am having SO much fun with these guys. I am posting regularly on Instagram, so please follow me there for more monster fun!
I’m working on a story idea, and I met some monsters along the way. These monsters didn’t work for the story, but I really liked them, and invited them to come back for another story. And if not, hopefully they’ll stop by for tea and cake at least.
Some updates regarding this site and social media:
I quit Facebook this summer. The last straw for me was discovering some of their policies that protected users who engaged in racist and aggressive behaviors towards other users. I still like you very much, I just don’t like facebook. Leaving was a good choice for me, and I thank you for your understanding and compassion.
I’ll be utilizing this blog more often to communicate events, announcements and sharing my process with you. This is a great time to communicate your preferences to how often you would like to read new posts 🙂
During the month of May, a lot of artists participate in a drawing exercise called MerMay, and they draw a lot of mermaids throughout the month. How many of you wanted to be a mermaid, swimming along in the oceans and talking to fish all day about seaweed?
Uh. It sounded more magical when I was a kid 🙂
“This is not what I meant when I said a wanted to be a mermaid!”