My huge sketchbook is filled! Not one piece of paper was torn out of it. All are filled with sketches.
Saturday was my birthday and I have three more sketchbooks to fill now. I plan on getting to the point where I fill one a month.
So, here are the last six sketches in this first illustrator sketchbook. Not sure what to think of them. They are a bit weird!
I want to try and make a few stuffed animal creatures out of some of Maggie's clothes. Maybe I'll try that tomorrow. I really like the two middle sketches here. They're a bit weird but fun.
I've got to do my quick sketches in the morning. Otherwise, I don't get back to the sketchbook!
I'm kind of wandering around in my brain I think with my sketches these days -- don't have much direction. That's okay. I'll just keep sketching.
I got a fountain pen yesterday that I can fill with waterproof ink -- but the problem is right now it is filled with blue ink and I don't like blue ink....Should I dump it out and replace it with the black waterproof ink I have? I might. I'll let my husband use it for a while maybe.
Anyway, back to the sketches. This morning I drew a few silly monsters and Ziggy and my dog and Maggie's cat. Ziggy is the puppet that makes an appearance every Wednesday at my elementary student Bible group.
To the sketches!
I started with my husband's cowboy boots. Then I drew the first monster next to them. He is saying, "Roar! I'm going to eat you." The monster below him on the left says, "You know, your bunny tail kind of ruins your scary look. Plus, those are boots and they can't hear you." And the next monster says, "At least he doesn't look like a pathetic puppy with a squirrel tail." And the bird on the bottom finishes the conversation. She says, "Boys, stop it. You are all quite ugly and that's enough chatter. Look at my new earrings."
So, I am calling myself an illustrator. I think of myself that way. I have yet to be published but one day --- I know it.
Maggie has been in heaven for six days.
What is a mama to do?
Especially a mama who loves to draw and create?
Well, after I took a long nap this morning and a shower, I got out my sketchbook and thought of Maggie in heaven running. A friend thought she was probably running with the giraffes. Maggie has a long history with giraffes which I won't get into but here is what I quickly drew (and I know it isn't brilliant but it was fun to draw).
Above on the left is a picture of my Maggie I just love. The page on the right is the running scene. Maggie has two arrows pointing to her. I will give closeups of the characters (You can also click on the pic and it will get larger for you).
Maggie loved the song "She's a lady. Whoa, whoa, whoa, she's a lady."
That was going threw my mind as I drew her and all the creatures. I have no clue who the lady is behind her!
The unknown lady is saying "Wait for me Maggie!"
And Maggie is saying, "Weeeeeee!"
"Wow Maggie! You're fast!"
Female Lion: I thought the lions were the fastest ones up here! Are you watching Maggie? She's fast!
Male Lion: Well, I don't mind. She's so darn cute!
Pig: Jesus, I want to be fast like Maggie.
Jesus: That can be arranged.
The above picture isn't part of the scene but I like it. I drew it yesterday. My Moo! What a treasure she was to me (and still is).
OK, so I recommend that new Blake book (see post from yesterday). I've been looking at this afternoon and copying some of his illustrations. I'll post one below. Blake's voice is so humble. This book is full of bright full-color illustrations that make you smile and think and....I just the love the way he draws!
Above is a quick pic of some of Blake's birds. Aren't they cute?
I had to try and draw a few. See below:
OK, so I didn't draw just birds on this page but most are birds. The owl right in the middle (a bit off-center) is my husband as an owl - -notice the mustache below the beak. Looks just like him. :)
This pic is a few years old -- he doesn't have his round glasses on it. The owl is wearing round glasses. Now my husband looks a bit like Teddy Roosevelt:
I hope Teddy and Shannon don't mind!
Next, I have to start working on my coloring techniques (and more pictures for the portfolio. I continue to submit to literary agents my book about Ruthie and Marcie. I have renamed it: The Marvelous and Amazing Adventures of Ruthie Bell and Marcie Smart: Two Friends on a Mission.)
I am sharing a few pages from my sketchbook for you. These are pages I haven't shared on other posts - - i just keep filling up the pages. Some of them are funny. Some are silly. Some are not well drawn. Some are lovely (well, at least I think so). I've begun to practice fabric and clothes. My oldest son bought me a book on Manga drawing that focuses entirely on clothes and accessories. It is fun.
The link to my sketchbook: My Sketchbook (you can also find it on the left side of this page).
And the link to the book I'm working with some (just click on the book):
I started writing the story of Ruthie and Marcie yesterday. I'm on chapter 2 and there are all sorts of possibilities. I am enjoying it.
Yesterday they did indeed play Pooh Sticks (by the way that comes from The House at Pooh Corner and in Britain there is actually an official Poohsticks competition every year -- found that out yesterday too.
Today, I hope to finish the second chapter. The pictures above go with that chapter. That's Frank looking through the fence hole. And that is Marcie bringing balloons to Frank and Ruthie. Not sure why she has a mustache yet. Maybe she'll explain later. There are a couple of fairies in that picture and an old woman Ruthie thinks is a witch.
Neighbor Mr. Melbourne is pictured in this picture on your left. Though it isn't colored, he is wearing a white fedora, green plastic boots and his bathrobe. Ruthie likes the fashion risks Mr. Melbourne takes. He also has those white striped tube socks on. You can't see those very well. Mr. Mebourne is mentioned in the second chapter also.
One last picture for you -- the dog in the middle is Marcie's dog. I don't know his name yet and I don't know when he will show up in the story either. Above and on your left are my attempts at drawing Ruthie's cat Harold. She mentions him in the first chapter. Neither of those cats are Harold. But I'm getting close.
So, on I go......
I found myself in a clinic waiting room in Sioux Falls yesterday because of a sudden change of events in our household.
I must have looked weird but I took my huge sketch book with me and drew from men's magazines.
Magazines are a great place to get things to sketch.
These are a couple of guys from a new show on Discovery Called Moonshine. The third face is me trying to redo the dude's face who is wearing overalls. I still didn't get it right, but ah, who cares....
Here's part of the other picture I drew -- it was a football dude yelling. It was on the cover of a sports magazine.I kind of like this dude. He's got a lot of emotion in him.
If you're reading, I have a question for you: what do you do when you think you might need to start being the main income source eventually? Do you keep pursuing the dream or do you go for something else that would prove helpful?
I just don't know.
I am praying about it. Believing God will give me an answer.
I'm plugging away at the book I mentioned yesterday. Can't share with you any of my own pictures right now, but wanted to share one of Quentin Blake's famous illustrations. The picture on the left is from Roald Dahl's book called The Witches.
It is a great book, and this illustration is an ideal example of some of the points made in the Drawing for the Artistically Undiscovered book by Blake and Cassidy.
For those of you who are also sketching, trying to find your style, or who just love drawing, I am going to share some passages from this book:
Don't agonize over your work, and don't dash through it either. Neither extreme has any special virtue.
Overworking is against the rules. If you grip the pen tightly, bear down hard, push your nose into the paper and agonize over every line . . . your drawings will look like hard labor. If you back off, relax, do a little sketching and stop before you need to, your drawings will begin to look like sparks of spontaneity and fun.
(Try) to capture the spirit of something . . . sneak into the heart of your subject by going direct. We're not so much interested in the appearance of something, so much as the 'something' itself.
Think of it this way: An effective poem wastes no words on its way to the core of its subject. A successful drawing wastes no lines on the same trip. One can spend weeks on marvelous painting of a rabbit, accurate to the tiniest detail -- and yet still miss its essential rabbit-ness. And then dash off a funny little sketch in a few lines -- and pin that bunny's soul to the paper.
We could apply that advice to life too I think.
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