First inking pass. (Why is it you only see all of the tangents after you've posted something?!)
Illustration has been a life long hobby that competes with music for my spare time. Looking forward to retirement when I can devote more time to my passions.
@Marsha-Kay-Ottum-Owen I, too am interested in seeing them. I once asked Lita Judge (via email), an illustrator I like, how she does her work and she said she always does a light line in pencil, then paints the watercolor, and then goes over all the line again with a heavier pencil. I’m learning dip pen now but would like to try pencil sometime for my line and wash so will be interested in seeing yours.
The cakes are very appetizing! I think the flesh pressed against the window is working and the signage looks ok to me. My only critique is that his eyes aren't directly looking at the cakes but more above them which makes me wonder if there is something even more delicious that we can't see!
I found the chapter interesting because I'm coming at it from the other side -- I'm the one always trying to get people to volunteer their time for various church needs and am increasingly aware of how overcommitted people are and increasingly feeling guilty about having to ask for one more thing from them. I have not yet figured out how to balance respecting people's need for time to nurture their own interests and spend time with their family, and my church's need (and the need of communities in general) for volunteers. This chapter describes not only our personal struggles but our societal struggle right now as people's time is more and more fragmented, and demands on families' time is much greater than it used to be. There is no single cause for that (and I've read a lot about it lately) which also means there is no single solution. I think the book's advice on setting a dollar sign on your time is helpful not only personally but might be helpful for the organizations asking for people's time, making sure that the stuff we ask people to volunteer for is actually important to do and not something we are doing because "that's what we've always done."
I'm very excited that you will be teaching -- I loved your first SVS video. I have been a member of SVS for about two years and am older than most here. I am 61 and an amateur with no plans of doing this professionally but I love looking at everyone's work, learning from them, and talking about the creative process (which cuts across disciplines). I have three children nearly all grown (one is still in college), live in a rural area of western NY where coyotes howl at night, bears sometimes knock over bird feeders, and spring doesn't arrive until May. Art keeps me sane during winter's dawdling exit. I look forward to your course (or, I hope, courses?)