In the last month or so, I hit a wall when it came to the picture book I’m writing/illustrating. Sometimes the best thing to do in that case is to walk away. I read some books, I took out some embroidery patterns I wanted to finish and found an old knitting pattern I forgot about. It’s a pumpkin! I’ll have to share it when it’s all done.
My mother bought this book by Jessica Long called Animal Embroidery Workbook. There are loads of great patterns in there. I find embroidery to be incredibly relaxing. Here are a couple of the patterns from her book that I had a chance to take on.
The otters are in her book, but she also had them available as a kit from her etsy shop. It was really lovely to have all the materials together and not have to hunt them down myself.
I have a couple ideas for embroidery patterns to make for myself now, which I’m having fun working on, but I know that I’m also ready to get back to drawing and writing again.
Next month, I’ll be traveling. I’m very excited and nervous about it. My focus is all over the place and I find unless you’re talking to me about the joys of travel-sized things, I am probably lost in thought, thinking about if I really need to pack those cookies.
It’s back to school time! I hope everyone’s kiddos have a great transition back to school!
I recommend Ryan Higgin’s book We Don’t Eat Our Classmates! You can check it out here.
Since the last update, I’ve had the pleasure of working on a few portraits and drawings. Then my hands ached and I took a week off. Now I am doing hand exercises and they really help! Also, I don’t use my phone a lot anymore, and I take more care in how I hold my tablet, making sure my palm is flat against the back of it, instead of holding it like a book. I also hold my books with my palm on the back instead of holding the sides too. Basically, I avoid holding anything like a lobster claw 😁
My hands are getting tired right now typing this so….Here are some grouchy birds! 😁 see you next month! I hope everyone stays healthy and safe.
I have three cousins in Georgia and they all have children, so I started drawing their kids this month. It’s a work in progress, so when I’m done, there will be 9 all together. There are 8 girls and 1 boy. It’s been a really fun project, and it’s always good to study kiddos for picture book making.
Another month has passed! Ack! It goes by so fast!
Since my last post, I decided to officially take a month off from work and just be outside as much as possible. I had a long list of things to accomplish in the yard and work just made me frustrated and unhappy lately. A break was needed. I really enjoyed digging in the dirt….
Pulling out weeds…
And relaxing on the rocks under the tree by the flower beds, drinking loads of water.
Until a wasp got into my shirt and stung me MANY TIMES. Luckily I had a steroid ointment for stings and some Benadryl. I had to go to Urgent Care to get checked out the next day, and was given an anti-nausea medicine because I WAS SO SICK. Bugs. I tell ya.
Not long after I got stung, I finished my to-do list of outdoor chores. I felt really good after that. I felt stronger, I lost some weight, and I was happier. It was a much-needed break. And I found myself drawing again, wanting to draw again, and really looking forward to some new storylines. And the biggest lesson I learned in the garden? It doesn’t have to be perfect; it just has to be done.
Hi!! I’m sorry I missed an update in April, but I hope everyone is staying healthy and finding some inner peace these days! I have been busy in the garden cleaning up the flowerbeds, planting grass and lavender and in general relaxing in the sunshine with all those tasks.
I’ve also been learning which birds are causing a racket around the house at 5am every morning. There is a chipping sparrow, black-capped chickadees, carolina wrens, cardinals, robins, red-bellied woodpeckers, blue jays, crows, and turkey vultures and a lot more! There’s a chipping sparrow that lives in a tree above the mailbox and he comes out on a branch and chips at us when we collect the mail. He is very tiny, but very loud.
You’re going to see a little more change in this website. I’m going to add a section for sketches, and update my portfolio more often.
But for now, I am going to sit on the porch and listen the birds holler. Have a great weekend!
I was really excited to work with Mike Phirman and illustrate the cover for his latest album, ACTIVITY BOOKS. Mike is an ideal client, he’s funny, nice, communicative and a joy to work with. This was such a fun project, and Mike’s songs are really great! He has some really great videos by different artists and you can listen to his songs on all the main streaming services. Here’s a link to his instagram that has all the information you’ll need!
Visual Description of the Album Cover:
In the top middle of a square image, the words, “Mike Phirman’s Activity Books” appears in bright colors. Bottom right from the title is a circle with song titles listed: “Connect the Dots”, “What’s Wrong With this Picture?”, “Maze”, “Color by Number”, and “Word Search”. Musical notes and school supplies are scattered throughout the image. On the bottom left of the cover is a color by number boxer figure, being scribbled in with a red crayon. Directly above him is a rocket and some crayons. Middle left is a connect the dots image of a dog in a carry on bag. In the top left corner is a snake in a pan of bacon cooking. From the snake in the pan towards the right is a pencil drawing waves, pointing to the top right image, which is a vacuum cleaner filled with colorful objects.
I drew a lot of stick figures this week. I like drawing little stick people, and sometimes I feel like I capture more of how I feel in a stick person than I do when I draw myself. There’s something really freeing in just breaking it down to the simplest parts of drawing a person. I focus less on getting the details right and more on poses and expression. It’s not necessarily faster as a process, but it’s really enjoyable for me as an artist.
I tired a lot. And I read other people’s posts on different social media sites and realized we’re all really tired. Some people were kind enough to share their specific tiredness so I could draw it out with my stick people. Oddly enough, drawing what is exhausting was very energizing for me. But I sensed people were tired of talking about what made them tired, so next week I’ll focus on something else. 😀
Sometimes I look at the blank paper or screen and it feels like a giant wall of blank paper rises up in my mind, shutting me off from creative ideas. especially in these Pandemic Times where so much is happening, and so many people are struggling, it’s hard to sit at home and create something.
I often draw shapes or blobs to get past this. Sometimes I don’t get past it, and I just have a collection of shapes with faces. It’s okay when that happens. I like my blobs, and it feels good to share some of my favorites from this year with you today