A sketch while we were in town yesterday as we waited for the food to be brought to our table.
Maybe some day I'll write a better description here. For now this list will do.
Meditating about my goals for the year ahead, and finishing has become a theme. So, I ended up making this to remind and inspire me. Finish folding the laundry. Finish reading those books. Finish the thank you notes. Finish some visual stories.
(It's amusing to me that the words are like a quarter inch or so too low; I finished it, but it's definitely not perfect)
I'm a Homeschooling Housewife in Central Texas, with aspirations to illustrate (and I always have had those aspirations)
I'll be posting doodles and whatnot, since in this stage of life I don't have a whole lot of time to do finished pieces without sacrificing more important things.
As a wee child, I remember sitting for long stretches of time staring at Trina Schart Hyman's Saint George and the Dragon. I loved "reading" stories through pictures, especially since I was a very late reader. When I did learn to read well, I would still stare at the covers (often criticising how the illustration didn't match the book's descriptions of characters and events. Lol). Once, I had a dream to win the Caldecot by drawing on white boards.
Now, I homestead and homeschool, but I still make time to draw and paint, and that dream of being published has never really left me. I'm excited to learn with and from you all.
So, now I've been thinking about the dreams i'd like to have, but have been reluctant to give myself permission to dream. I have been pretty spotty in my participation here, so I missed the original post about dreams, but I'd like to share some of my thoughts.
Illustrating a huge collection of public domain stories with the original wording (like Bible stories, poems, songs, and original fables/fairy tales), printed both in print and cursive.
Being on the 3 point perspective podcast as a special guest. Lol (I feel kind of silly admitting that)
Cultivating a food forest
Creating meaningful book fan art and original art that people love to send to each other as postcards, or to hang in their homes.
Having my art be so well-made and meaningful that people don't say "Wow, you're so talented.", But rather "Thank you. Your art moved me."
Having an eclectic YouTube channel that inspires others to learn and do good, and to do good well.
A 100% self-made wardrobe.
@Kayla-Groening If you've been working with ink and watercolor, that may be a cause for the difference too. Working with a brush is a lot different than working with a pen or pencil.
I think you're probably right about being able to swing the paper around and get new positions and take larger strokes and things like that when working traditionally as opposed to digitally. If you've been working on large pages, and then transition to a small(er) tablet, that could be a major factor as well.
Ctrl-z and lots of layers can definitely hinder more than help when lack of confidence is an issue. (Btw, lack of confidence ≠ lack of skill. One can easily have one without the other, both, or neither. We're all somewhere on the spectrum, though; even the greats struggle with these feelings and worries.)
An exercise for working through that is to work traditionally with an un-ersable medium, or to limit yourself to one layer. "New layer" is out of the question, and no control z either. Pick a number of pieces between 5 and 10, and complete them using only one layer. They don't have to be fully rendered masterpieces; it's just an exercise. It might be a good exercise to implement before every art session: two unedited sketches before starting in on the "real" work.
You know what looks good. You don't have to trust yourself yet, but if you try to do so anyway, you'll end up surprising yourself in a good way, I think.
They all sound wonderful, and I hope you do them all at some point. The feel of the frog Illustration is fabulous, but since it's less flushed out in your mind, I'd let that one marinate a bit longer. Although, I've noticed that I am suddenly able to write something I didn't think I could write when I actually start doing it. If that's the one you really want to do, but are unsure of your ability, I personally would go with the frogs, and give myself a happy surprise.
My initial first reaction was to say Monkey See, Monkey Do Better! I love that concept so much. I actually have a wordless story written in my mind about a similar principle, just not with animals. You've inspired me to get cracking on any of the stories jumping around in my mind. Lol
I can't wait to see updates!
I agree with Jake about the videos. I almost always ignore the videos, and when I don't, it does nothing to suade me, and sometimes I wish I hadn't watched it at all. (I can think of one time I was persuaded into not supporting the product because of the un-agreeable delivery, and because I had just read all that was said in the description) The opportunity cost of making a video probably isn't a great investment.
When I hear "Dragonfly" the first thing that comes to mind is the work of Stephanie Law. If you've never come across her work take a look, it's beautiful.
Thank you for the suggestion; she has gorgeous work. It sort of reminds me of Trina Shart Hyman and James Browne.
I think it would really help if your vanishing points were a lot further apart. When a vanishing point is in the image, (and I think the one on the right is, no?) Then that means the other vanishing point needs to be waaaaaaaay off the page, which kind of sucks because having both vanishing points on the canvas, or really close is just so much more convenient. Lol