Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Illustration Friday: Repair

The best kinds of repair comes from an older brother who loves you.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Illustration Friday: Too Late

Here's my latest illo for Stories For Children. It's too late for Jamie's mom to take him to the store so he can buy a pair of pants that actually fits. What will he do? Find out next month in Stories for Children magazine (look for Jamie's Pants).

I don't know if anyone else feels like this, but I'm getting pickier about my work. I look at things I've illustrated and don't feel as confident about them. I nit-pick my illustrations, finding so many little things that I don't like and that I should've done differently. It doesn't mean I'll stop illustrating, but it's easy to feel discouraged and feel like I'm not making the progress I should. In this illo, for instance, I like the layout and characters, but I'm not satisfied with the colors. They're okay, but I don't look and think, "Now that's amazing and I couldn't think of anything better to do with it." Sigh. I think my problem lies in that I want things to be true to life, yet I still want playfulness . . . and I let reality take over the more playful side. Oh well. One day I'll get it. In the meantime I'll keep drawing and painting. And by the way, I'm not looking for anyone to laud words of encouragement. I'll still keep doing what I do because I love it; I simply wonder if anyone else laments the laborious process of growth when it comes to illustrating. 

Time for bed! See you next time.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Camera Man

I drew this a few weeks ago when my four-year-old son had an obsession with the camera, especially enjoying shooting his feet. I really like doing pencil drawings and the way that it forces me to be expressive in ways other than with color.

Sorry about the lack of posts lately. My 11- month-old is teething, and NOT happy about it at all. It takes a lot out of me and by the end of the day, I'm one weary mom. But this, too, shall pass. I'm also updating my website since I'll be sending out another round of postcards any day. Oh, the anticipation of what could happen! Even if nothing does, I'm excited about doing it.