Getting into the Halloween Spirit.
Getting into the Halloween Spirit.
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.
Quick colour collective piece in pink. Inspired by a fun playdate where all the kids ended up splashing in the kiddie pools.
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.
New Colour Collective piece in velvet clover.
Another Colour Collective piece, for Light Yellow Glaze.
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…
This week’s Colour Collective features Scheveningen Violet, which of course I totally knew was a color before I started.
This is, without a doubt, the most pink and purple I’ve ever tried to put in one image. And I don’t hate it.
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.
James just turned six and John will soon be eight so I made an all-super-hero super city cake to celebrate! Where has the time gone?
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.
Want to hear more or get involved? Get in touch!
The comic will return in two weeks, February 4th, and be updated every Thursday.
The last two years we have enjoyed store-bought costumes, as John & James have chosen superheros or transformers. I have to say, the break was good. But this year, I opted out of the October Game, which left a bit of creative free time, and we did a family Star Wars theme.
Once I had the boys talked out of being Jedis, it was fun to make some of the minor characters from the Star Wars universe.
The Tuskan Raider was a last-minute addition for Daddy, and it turned out to be my favorite – probably because I made it from scraps and trash.
Painted Super Sculpey, a stuffing box, an old hat and scraps of fabric from the boys’ costumes.
Here’s a better look of the mask on John:
I made five of the fire trucks from the book into some coloring pages for the boys – feel free to print them out! Check back if you like these – I’m going to do some more soon.
And if you LOVE fire trucks (and why wouldn’t you?) and wish you had your OWN to drive around, download my free e-book pdf:
Quick colored pencil drawing for Mother’s Day. Happy Mother’s Day!
Here’s a little yellow truck I did last week – ink and watercolor. I can’t seem to get out of fire truck mode after finally finishing My Very Own Fire Truck.
I will always believe
even when they are crazy
or far away
no matter how often you
fail, or quit
(you may not want to talk about them)
(but if you do, remember)
I will always believe
If you have a creative person in your life who seems like they really will never get it together, they might just need to hear this. And you lose nothing by believing.
This year we went with Tumblr for the Bill Counts October Game. As always, it was a terrific experience to challenge myself and get to know some great people. I went digital this year and specifically tried to work on light using some Magic Box techniques I am practicing.
Here’s what I came up with: