The first day of our eclectic homeschooling (though we learn all year) might involve some sweet potato pancakes with cinnamon maple syrup. We might watch world events like the Rio Olympics and explore new places. We might read some books, play with science or technology, dig around in our yard or binge-watch documentaries on a new subject we want to understand. Or none of those things because spending the morning piled together in the bed talking about hopes and ideas and dreams and life suddenly seems way more important. Not a life for everyone, but it suits us just fine.
Sketchy colour collective piece this week in shades of cadet blue. I might finish this someday because I rather like it. I’m not sure why I’m stuck on ocean themes right now. Maybe I need to figure out how to work in another beach trip this year.
I don’t often do fan art, but in my house right now there’s an ongoing battle between two shows on Netflix–Kate & Mim Mim and Voltron. Madeline (age 2) loves “Kim-Kim” and the boys (6 & 8) are a little obsessed with Voltron. To be honest, I’ve hardly watched Kate & Mim Mim, and I haven’t the foggiest idea what’s going on with Voltron. He’s some kind of Transformer, right? No? Are you sure? Wait, what’s up with the pilots? And why does he have puppies on his hands and feet? Lions? No, I’m pretty sure they’re puppies.
Anyway, here’s MimTron, a happy compromise between the two. If anyone out there has connections and can make this show happen, my household would be grateful.
A page from a book I’m currently working on illustrating. I’ve actually been toiling over this project for a couple of years, trying new things, throwing out everything and starting over, going back to something I did before and then repeating the whole process. But every year I get a little closer to something that accomplishes what I want while reflecting where I want to be as an artist. Fortunately the author is a dear friend and, apparently, a very patient person.
I’ve had some people tell me they want to know the stories behind these latest paintings, but I really don’t have one. This one moment in time is it. But I do think they would be fun writing prompts. So, if you’re a writer and so inclined…
When you smile at a baby or toddler, you expect a smile back. It’s universal. People everywhere make weird faces at babies to get rewarded by the drop of pure sunshine that is a baby’s smile. This is the face our baby makes at people. For nearly any reason. We’re sorry.
This week’s colour collective is Limpet Shell, and after missing several lovely colors because I’ve been too busy, I didn’t want to miss this one! We’re heading to Florida in a few days, and I was inspired by the story of the lighthouse restoration on St. George Island. According to authorities on the subject, the lighthouse was pulled off it’s foundation by “storms and natural erosion,” but I’m pretty sure this is what really happened.
I know I’ve gushed about the Colour Collective community before, but I have really missed the challenge the last few weeks. One of my weak points is color, and forcing myself to think around a single color that I might not normally choose has been a terrific exercise. I don’t have time for as much art lately, but I’m always looking for ways to push out of my comfort zone and learn something new.
Grilled cheese sandwiches are my perfect comfort food. It’s what my mom made when we were sick, or home from school on a special day, and when I’m feeling particularly low or stressed I make it for myself and the kids. Sometimes. Often. Okay, almost all the time.
I realized recently that I am an “ambivert” – someone who exhibits characteristics of both an extrovert and an introvert, which would explain why I sometimes score one and then sometimes the other on highly scientific Facebook tests. I’m rarely intimidated in social situations, and I don’t mind being the center of attention, but I’m usually at the perimeter of gatherings, keeping quietly to myself, because I just don’t enjoy the environment of a crowd. I could probably go a whole month in my house if someone would drop groceries at the door, so, when I’m in that phase, I need convincing.
I really wanted to color this panel, but I resisted, and I’m happy with the choice. I have an all-super-hero birthday party to get ready for this weekend.
I’ve started participating in Colour Collective again, one of the loveliest artist communities out there, organized on twitter. Each week a new color is given, and a wide variety of illustrators create works of art using that color.
I’m creating some original artwork for a card game I’m developing, with the help of my creative boys, that is a bit of a role-playing, storytelling adventure, that’s easy for anyone to participate in. More on that soon. Here are a couple pieces I created recently.
True story. There’s more than one way to accomplish spring cleaning, and finding a spider is a great way to get me to delve into every crack and crevice, layering bug spray and removing potential and unexpected hiding places like toilet paper rolls and dirty socks.
On a side note, I’m testing out how I feel about posting this new, um, unfinished “style” with some of the comics. Yeah, let’s call it a style. Really, I had a long list of comic ideas and several started, but I wasn’t feeling any of them. So, this was a very last-minute thought. And Baby Cute has been waking up around 4am (or 3!) and not really getting back to sleep, so I’m a bit past the point of rational decision-making. But, anyway, I hate coloring the comic and I’m trying to prioritize my time better. Do I really want to spend an hour inking and another two or three coloring when I only have six hours to draw this week? Maybe sometimes. We’ll see.
Also, I’m going to try to start posting more commentary. But hopefully not this much. It’s late, I’m tired, and I think I’m getting sick.