Wednesday, May 24, 2017

MerMay background


     I'm working on this in celebration of MerMay - a fun thing that a lot of illustrators are doing on Instagram. Some are posting a new mermaid every day! Today, I finally finished my mermaid's home and she should be showing up here by next Wednesday.  

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Serenity and Frog


     I've been working on a character page for my character Serenity and her frog. This is called "Love at First Sight." I made the frog more realistic looking and I think its working better for me, so I went back and redid the next piece of the pair all tucked in for the night.



This is what the first one looked like.


And here's one more character study -




Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Nac


     About 20 years ago I wrote a children's book manuscript with an oyster named Nac as the main character. At the time I thought there was no way I would ever be the illustrator because my art style was pretty realistic and cuteness in any of my attempts at creating characters was nonexistent. 
     Here I am now, polishing up the manuscript and working on the illustrations. What a difference 20 years can make! Haha! It's certainly possible that if someone wants to publish the story, they wouldn't want my illustrations, but at least I'm giving it my best attempt. I, personally, think he's kind of cute.


Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Eleanora and Tommy


     From the same chapter book manuscript I've started, here are two more of the main characters. This is what my portfolio needs more of and what I am concentrating on learning how to do well - pose the same characters in different positions while maintaining consistency in their appearance.
     When I was working on character development for Eleanora (Ella) I pretended to be interviewing her and asked her what her best memory was. This may or may not make it to the pages of the manuscript.

    "My best memory was the day my parents brought Tommy home from the hospital. He was so tiny. His fingers and toes were like miniatures. Hard-to-believe-they-were-even-real miniatures. And the smell! . . . No! Not a bad smell. It was a baby smell - like baby lotion, and baby shampoo, and baby chicks, and baby bunnies, and the ocean, and cut grass, and cotton candy, and every good smell that was ever smelled. That was what Tommy smelled like.
    Well, occasionally a bad smell. But mostly good ones."


Monday, May 1, 2017

Mrs. Hallovich


     This is a character I created for a children's chapter book I'm working on. I have about 5,000 words typed, an outline (my outlines are very flexible and subject to change), and several more pages that are hand written and ready to be typed. I started it more than 6 months ago and recently got back to it when my daughter (bless her heart) says, "hey, what's going on with that babysitter story you started?" I say, "why? Are you interested to know what happens next?" She says, "Yeah, it was really good." 
     All the incentive I need.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Storm Comin'


     I'm used to, by now, putting my artwork out into the world for people to view and possibly comment on. With the exception of my blog posts, it's rare that I share my writing. I need to get over it. I did this little illustration to go with a writing exercise I did for the writing prompt: Explain lightning to a five year old.

STORM COMIN'

      Close your eyes, child. Can you smell the rain? It’s comin’. 
      Shhhh. Hush now. Listen to the thunder boomin’ in the distance. It’ll be here soon.
      See how dark the sky is over that field? That’s the backdrop for the show.
      Now pick up your things and let’s move inside the house. We can watch everything from Grandma’s picture window.
     Let’s turn this chair 'round so we’re facin' out front. Come on up here on Grandma’s lap. There now. All cozy? 
     Look at it comin’. See how the rain is fallin’ in the distance? Look at it pour! That’s what you call buckets ‘o rain. Ever hear of it rainin’ cats and dogs? Well that right there is lions and wolves comin’ at us. Are you ready? Don’t be frightened, Baby. We’re all safe inside here.
     Oh my! That’s what you call lightning. Did you see that? That was a beauty! I just love the way lightning snakes and sizzles its way down through the sky like that. All that energy can’t just come down in one beam of light. It breaks out of that one beam and jaggedy jumps in all kinds of directions.
     Oh! There’s another! 
     Listen. Let’s count. One . . . two . . . three . . . four. . . Hear that? That’s the thunder come followin’ that lightning. The less numbers you can reach, the closer the storm is gettin’.
     Haha! That one was beautiful! Let’s count. One . . . two . . . thr . . . Ooooo! It’s almost upon us. Close your eyes again. 
     Listen. 
     There. 
     Grandma loves the sound of rain dancin' on the roof, and me knowin’ I’m safe and dry, and God out there real close, waterin’ my garden and givin’ drinks to those in need.
     Oh my! I think we both jumped! Haha! This is a good show isn’t it? Grandma sure does love a storm. Can’t think of anyone else I’d rather be enjoyin’ this show with either.
     What do you think?
     Hmmm?
     Child?
     Awe, Sweetheart. You just go right on sleepin’.  Grandma’s got you right here. All safe and dry.