Sunday, February 15, 2015

Serenity dummy is done!

I reached my goal!!!  Here is the dummy book for Serenity! Phew!!  Now I need to design a cover .  Happy Birthday to me!

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Current project - Serenity

     I haven't posted for a while but not because I haven't been busy.  I am very excited about my current project.  I wrote a children's book manuscript about a little witch named Serenity.  For the last couple of weeks I've been working on a dummy book.  These are rough acrylic sketches. Each spread is 9"x6".  I'm in the process of dropping them into the computer for some extra tweaking and for adding the type.  My goal is to be done by Monday the 16th (my birthday!).  Then, I'm going to work on a nice, more polished looking cover and redo one of the interior spreads into a more polished looking version. THEN, I'll send it off into the world to see if I can get it published!!!
     Writing and illustrating children's books is what I've always wanted to do and I am having a blast.  Can't wait to get started on my next one.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015


     This one has taken quite a while to finish. I tend to paint for a while then take several days or a couple of weeks off and come back to it. It sat lonely and half done through the entire holiday season. I started it back in November. It's 2 feet by 3 feet - much larger than my more recent 2 inch by 3 inch paintings.  It's rather shocking to my senses to see it on my easel.
     I had planned to paint from life but had to rely heavily on a photo I took because the lighting was just too dark to paint in. The most difficult part was taking a photo of the finished piece.  No matter where I put the painting there was a glare on it.  I ended up having to remove the glare with my digital software.  Time to invest in some nice photo equipment.

This is what it looked like after the first day I worked on it.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

WINTER (do-over)

I just could not be happy with my first attempt at this illustration so I did it over. I did the girls the same way I did the snowflakes originally. I drew them on copy paper then glued them down and painted them with acrylics.  After that I added some digital enhancements and here you have it. I am so much happier with this one and I also figured out the pixel problem ( I think) so I should have more success with digital additions next time. Here are the girls before I painted them:

This is all a learning experience. I am getting there.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Illustration Friday - NEFARIOUS

I was in the mood to do some sketching in my sketchbook.  This is a collection of nefarious characters from Hollywood. Freddy doesn't look so scary without his makeup does he?