Friday, June 25, 2010

Leap!

This is another character sketch from a super-duper top-secret story I wrote.  Ok it's not that top secret, but here we go:

Barnyard Animals + Fancy Setting = Fun

And one last sketch to complete the marathon of drawing for the day.   I'm doing lots of experiments to figure out which style would be best for the two books I'm working on.  It's actually been a great deal of fun along with the nice side effect of really pumping up my creative energy before I embark on sketches for one book, and final art for the other. 

Ah, Nutellaaaaa

http://thekrazeekarlinator.files.wordpress.com/2009/02/nutella400_250.jpgI just wanted to take a moment to sing the praises of Nutella.  The stuff is simply from heaven: chocolate and hazelnuts mixed together into a spread....yummm...  The taste and smell bring back memories of my childhood when my mom would make peanut butter and Nutella sandwiches for school.  I unfortunately cannot keep this stuff in my house save for special occasions--otherwise I end up on the couch eating it straight out of the jar with a big spoon! 

Thought I might also add a little history of Nutella:

*Was created in the 1940's by Pietro Ferrero, a pastry maker.  Chocolate was in short supply back then due to World War II rationing, so he added hazelnuts to extend the chocolate.

Now, thanks to Alicia Padron's post about chocolate I'm sooo craving this! LOL

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Fireflies Again

Just doing some experimenting lately with different styles and approaches.  They don't all work out of course, but it's fun changing things up.  I find I get bored if I keep doing the same style all the time.

Chasing Dreams

The reason I've titled this post "Chasing Dreams" instead of "Chasing Fireflies" is because the act of chasing both is so similar.  Like chasing a dream, you start off in the pitch dark feeling a little lost and unsure of a direction.  Then all of a sudden, you see a small light in the distance.  Whether it be an idea or a whim of inspiration, you tear into the night running that direction....but when you get there it's gone.  Maybe the idea you had works, but not quite. Then you see another tiny light in a different direction and you run with all your might to catch it.  You swing your hand, and you almost have the little bug in your palm, and you feel its wings flutter against your index finger before again disappearing.  At this point you sit down in the grass and wonder if you will EVER catch that firefly.  And just when you're about to give up, because the bugs have trickled into nothingness and it's growing late and pass your bedtime, an extra bright light sours through the night sky.  It's at perfect eye level, and it's traveling a little slower than the others.  You feel deep inside yourself that this is it, that it's the right light to chase.  And then....you catch it.  Before you let it go to chase another.

Illustration Friday: Paisley II

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Happy Father's Day Dad!

I drew this illustration for my Dad--I was very much a tomboy when I was young, and that's my chidhood dog, Captain Jack (a Jack Russell terrier).