Sunday, January 10, 2010

Framed again

I love when people send me pics of my art, framed! Here's the most recent example - a print of my Twix Mini candy bar. Its an odd size, so it had to be custom framed. I'm touched when people go to the trouble. Its an ego boost, for sure!

And this reminds me that I've intended to do a whole series of these little candy bar pieces. I have the reference shot. Now "all I have to do" (those famous words) is actually DO them.

Since I blogged last I've been doing organize-y clean up kind of work around the house and yard. De-cluttering, organizing files and closets, pruning roses and cleaning the shed, etc. etc. etc.

I'm also working on some new children's book art. I would like to have a whole new portfolio, something that reflects a little more of my 'drawing' style, and that isn't quite as tight as the piece above.

This isn't by any means a finished piece - its just a doodle, but I like the 'drawing' quality of it. Its just done on printer paper with no tooth, and with a couple pencils. I had no idea what I was going to draw when I started, and this little guy just materialized.

And this is about a 5 second sketch, inspired by the color of pencil I had handy.

Its fun to sketch to get ideas. Sometimes I *think* too much before I start to draw, and get kind of paralyzed. Like, I can't start drawing until I know exactly what I want to draw (in the case of 'made up' children's book things). Sometimes just starting to doodle is a better way to dive in. It gets the creative juices flowing, and besides, its fun!

So I'm off to do more of all of the above, and will check back when I have something worthwhile to share. Hope everyone is having a good start to your new decade!