Something I’ve been working on…
I’ve been enjoying using the painterly style for a few jobs I’ve had lately. I did this small editorial illustration for Children’s Ministry magazine’s Jan/Feb 2010 issue. It’s a fun style to work in and seems to be coming along nicely.
I’ve been wanting to do an hourly comic (well, ANY type of comic, for that matter) for a good while after seeing others do them, so I finally tried my hand at it yesterday. Despite a very busy day, I stopped every hour to draw what I had done in a particular hour. It was kind of fun and kept me on my toes!
By the way, if you’re not familiar with the hourly comic concept, here’s a website by John…? who does hourly comics, & a forum where you can check out what others have done. Many are down-right funny!
So my yesterday begins, below. Oh, and to see an enlargement of a panel, click on the panel.
Happy Tuesday, people. After an invigorating (albeit cold!) morning walk outdoors and a strong cup of coffee, I’m energized and ready to tackle the day. So I begin with posting a piece I worked on back in November for the Jan/Feb 2010 issue of Chirp! magazine (Owlkids). I worked these up on my laptop and baby Cintiq while I was down in South Texas for a few weeks. I remember doing the dinosaurs over and over because I was frustrated with the line work (I suppose if I were a dog, I’d be chasing my tail). I hope in the end, the kiddos had fun with it!
I converted the little warm-up drawing of Ski Bunny into a Christmas card (or seasonal card. Whatever). I also worked on one with the beavers but…I’m still messing around with that one (read: not happy with the results–yet).
So, I guess you’re all doing what I’m doing: preparing for the holidays in one way or another. I don’t know about you, but I always ponder how it is that SOME thing got us all to collectively choose to do all the things we do surrounding and on the day December 25th. In many ways it has it’s benefits (time off from labor; an opportunity to spend time with friends and family; special meals and foods, etc.), but I sometimes wonder how the psychology of it all works; how almost everybody is on board in some form or fashion.
Anyway, that aside, I am (as usual) doing a bit of scrambling here at the end, picking up gifts and such. I have decorated our little Norfolk pine with chili pepper lights and home-made ceramic ornaments; I am listening to Christmas/seasonal music as I work. I note that a couple of inches of snow on the ground makes it more “festive”. I enjoy seeing homes burdened with outdoor lights, reflected on the snowy lawns. I drool over the chocolate raspberry bread at the village bakery that is only made at this time of year. Mmm–mm! It is the best!
So I am, indeed, pretty much on board with the collective on this holiday thing. Sometimes begrudgingly, but most times not.
A big thank you and holiday wishes to all those who stop by here-whether on a regular basis or not–to see what I’ve posted now and then. I appreciate your comments and encouragement in my work. Be safe and enjoy the season!
A little warm up drawing for the day. Enjoy your weekend!
Just posting some hints of work I did over the weekend for some greeting cards. I’m sure you can guess the subject/holiday of two of the spots, below. Can you guess what the card topic is for the third spot?
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