Friday, November 14, 2014

Stop Working And Take A Break

There are times when we need to slow down and take a break from all the projects we are working on. Time to recharge and refresh our energy levels so that we can continue at our maximum creative level. This should be a time to connect with our loved ones and maintain our mental and physical health. If this means turning down projects that aggravate our anxiety level and doesn't lead to any meaningful monetary or creative success, so be it. A walk through the park or favorite site may not be long enough to regain your creative spirit. It possibly might mean several days away from the studioallowing time to connect with people who are close to you. When was the last time you spent some quality time with your spouse, children and parents? Providing the opportunity to take some quality time with loved ones will add to your creativeness. This should be a good opportunity also, to evaluate your creative direction. What about discussing some of your ideas with your loved ones for their input? They may see your views in a completely different way. Also, quality time in this manner doesn't always need to be about your creativeness, but rather afford time completely devoid of the art profession.
After several days off, our body gives us signals that it is time to return to our inner space and create. Inspiration and creative energy is gradually restored and returning to the studio to create becomes highly anticipated. It is now time to consider an SCBWI convention, a trip to the museum, or to sign up for a course to get back on track. We need to remember to nurture our creative capacity and to not drown our capacity level. There are many avenues that add to our overall well being, and we need to maintain our healthy existence in order to continue our creative adventure.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

A Giant Leap For Kids

Another one of my calendar illustrations for a children's publisher. I had a lot of fun creating this art placing the children in space suits floating around a space station. The colors were kept on the the warm side even if November is a bit chilly at this time. The line art was created with Adobe Illustrator and brought into Adobe Photoshop for final coloring.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Preparing for Halloween

I am preparing for Halloween weekend and it's just about here. First step is creating my zombie 
colored sketch. My next step is a creative costume and hitting the parties.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Some Thoughts Regarding My Colored Sketch

Latest sketch and some thoughts before I colorize my artwork in Adobe Photoshop. The sketching process can be a lot of fun creating something new from my imagination. This can always be a surprise viewing the final results. You can visit my Youtube channel for more about the thought proess at

Monday, September 15, 2014

Latest Calendar Artwork For Publisher

Here is another one of my calendar illustrated months for the year 2014. This was created for Star-Brite publisher. I had a lot of fun creating this piece placing all the figures and animals so the composition was balanced. The colors were kept on the the warm side even thought November is a bit chilly at this time. The line art was created with Adobe Illustrator and brought into Adobe Photoshop for final coloring.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Creating My First Picture Book Dummy

The picture book dummy idea came to me while reading message posts from the Thursday night’s group (illustrators and writers) called Kitlitart. I wasn’t sure where I should start my picturebook dummy but this group offered some valuable insight into the process. Two reference books mentioned at one of these kitlitart Thursday meetings was Writing With Pictures by Uri Shulevitz and Writing Picture books by Ann Whitford Paul. Both of these books offered alternative styles as to what a storyboard is and how to finish a picturebook dummy from your storyboard.

The roughs above (fig._1) are my first attempt at creating a storyboard for the children’s story Thumbelina by Hans Christian Anderson. I was constantly refining my sketches and reworking my image placement before deciding on the sketches above. The storyboard is important because it allows me to visualize the whole book and what may or may not work. This allows me to determine how the book flows and what sketches need to be adjusted. I reworked my storyboard numerous times until I felt my illustrations and text were flowing smoothly. Once the storyboard is finished, I am able to view any similarities and differences between the most outstanding components for the pictures and the text. When I am satisfied, I start the next step. This process involves creating a three dimensional model or picture book dummy. The dummy will convey how the book will read when printed. There are several ways to make a book dummy. For example, you can staple or sew 8 sheets of white paper together through the middle and then fold them in half to make a 32-page booklet. To make a 48-page dummy, use 12 sheets of paper. Mark the page numbers on both sides of each side, from 1 to 32. (fig._2)

I concentrated on creating an actual size dummy (11” X 17”). I wanted my black and white sketches drawn as close to finish as possible. I felt this would assist in how the work would appear overall. Two of my finished sketches from my book dummy for Thumbelina are shown (fig._3 and fig._4). Working on these sketches is an important process for visualizing the completed work. I am able to change the sketches quickly and fix parts of the sketches that are not working. If you look closely at the sketch with Thumbelina and the fishes (fig._4). I made numerous attempts so the composition was balanced between Thumbelina and the fishes below the lily pads. There was a lot of thought that went into how the character of Thumbelina would appear. I wanted the fishes to jump out at the viewers and offer contrast to little Thumbelina sitting on the lily pad. My next step with completing my book dummy will be to complete a double page spread finished painting. I plan on finishing the double page spread with Thumbelina and the fishes below her. I will post the completed painting when I finish it on my blog.