This is my journey in creating concepts, writing, illustrating, finding a literary agent, and becoming a published children's book author and illustrator for the picture book genre.

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Holiday Celebrations and Distractions!!!

The storms are coming in. The countdown is near. Where will Santa be??? Well, on his sleigh,
of course!!! I am on my way to visiting family for the holiday. I just wanted to extend some Christmas cheer. After I come back, it will be time to begin planning a preparing for the Don Freeman grant submission!
HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO YOU ALL!! Or, as they say in the South, "happy holidays to y'all!"

Friday, December 6, 2013

the digital process continues...

I am very fortunate to have a large family. My cousin is quite gifted in the ways of graphic art. He has been sending my links to help educate me in the ways of digital illustration. My education has begun. Sketch daily and often is the advice that was given to me by an amazing artist. His words inspire me still 
Here is another snowman that I created today. I started off in one direction and ended up somewhere completely different. I did a layering of snowflakes along with the snow. During my critique, i was encouraged to try my illustrations from different angles. I will admit that I am very tired after working on this. The advantage to this digital style is that I am able to use brighter colors with a far less mess. :) Here is the piece I put together today.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

more doodles

Here is something new that I did today. I need to try to do a progressive. My cousin sent me a nice link to help me along with my new style of illustrating. It is all about trying new things!

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Something new for me...

At the conference, I learned a lot about the need of a Wacom tablet. I was gifted a gently used Intuous 3 about a month ago. Unfortunately, I had NO idea what to do with it. Well, I finally uploaded and elements. Here are my first attempts at using my wacom tablet.
 I played with a few features. I first changed the tip on the pen to the grey tip that has the spring in it. I love this tip! Some of the balloons are free hand and some are using the features to
manipulate lines. Fun times!

The next piece I did was primarily free hand with overlays. I am excited to try some more with different techniques. I am a bit confused with the layers, but am excited to read up on them! The tablet is very easy to use. I thought I would have a hard time working with it due to screen and tablet orientation, but it is really quite simple!

Monday, December 2, 2013

The holidays!!!

They are upon us and I am just as crazed as y'all. Please bear with me as I will be updating in the near future. I am still trying to work on my web page and plan to have it up and running before the New year! Happy holidays to you all and may your winter bring a merriness to you soul.
Happy Holidays!