Okay time to make the longest scrolling post I can today! I finished my sketchbook project just in time toget to the post office by the end of the day. It means my final product looks a bit more like a color comp but I’m happy with it. I didn’t compromise any page, no spread was simplified in the base drawing, I just did my watercolors REALLY fast. It’s a sketchbook right? It’s not supposed to be perfect. Unless you look at most of the other submissions, people take this project to an incredible level. Such as Emily Grandin or Alina Chau’s from 2011 or Gina Perry to name a few.
I didn’t procrastinate getting my book done this month, the procrastinated happened over the summer. I waited to finish it when I was scheduled to the max! I couldn’t let myself not complete my book. So, I didn’t sleep last night and missed a few meals today but it’s done! This is how it looked as it went out the door.
Monochromatic: Where did the other colors go?!
I do realize a couple of my animals aren’t the appropriate sizing in comparison to each other but, I wasn’t trying to be perfectly accurate.
Here is the line art for page 7! Things have been so busy my sketchbook project has been languishing in the sidelines. I decided to warm up by drawing this page. I will add in the monotone later.
It has been a wild 5 days. On Friday I was featured on Behance Network’s front page! As of today I am on page 2 of their featured projects. I am beside myself with the recognition my Animals in Alphabet has received. Since then a few other websites have picked up my project, Plog(they actually posted a couple days before the Behance release), Abduzeedo.com, chuk*num, blogyst, and Don Serifa. I have been doing my best to keep up sending thanks you and responding to questions. Thank you everyone for sharing my work. I appreciate all of the comments. The response is so encouraging. I want to get to work making more art.
If you have popped over here and are wondering, the X is missing but, is planned to be completed in February. That is when I will have time to finish it.
I’m head over heals!
I finally added the monotone.
Quote Quiz:”He’s got you for poisoning him, and me for roping him, and you for acting like he was first prize at a turkey shoot!”
Currently Reading:Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg
Quote Quiz”Well when the thermometer gets all red I get all wishy washy”
Currently Reading: Little Panda by Renata Liwska
My site wigged out yesterday. Everyone say THANK YOU to Matt for staying up late and rescuing my blog. Now back to your regularly scheduled programming.
Quote Quiz:”“I can be rude sarcastic, whatever it takes””
Currently Reading:Just Being Audrey by Margaret Cardillo illustrated by Julia Denos
I’m still debating about adding in quote bubbles. What do you think? Do you want to see them?
Quote Quiz: “Poor Evinrude. Your carburetor is all pooped out.”
Currently Reading: Two at the Zoo A Counting Book by Danna Smith illustrated by Valeria Petrone
The ultimate balancing act for most creative people, the month of December. Not only are you trying to juggle your normal work load, you have holiday shopping or gift creating, lots of holiday events, travel, family, if you run a small shop for yourself extra time needed to making new stock, then any added requests from friends or benefit events, and any early presents you have that you can’t help but play with, such as a new video game. All of this is wonderful but, you can feel like your head is going to explode.
As the procrastinator I can be, on projects that don’t have pacing deadlines, I am trying to get all of that done and my Sketchbook Project for 2012. I am very happy to have this creative outlet at my finger tips but, part of me does wish I had taken care of this in September. Although, I was able to complete 5 spreads over the Holiday weekend as I watched my husband and mother in-law play Zelda in the same room with me and my sister in-law play Zelda in Florida via Facetime. I was impressed with how well Facetime applied to this situation as we traded tips on the game play through video chat. We all had a great time and I ended a weekend of playing a video game feeling accomplished.
Here is the start of Sketchbook Project 2012 replacing my Tuesday Postings:
And a sneak peak at the middle spread:
I wrote a story for my sketchbook this year.
Quote Quiz: “Welcome to the Party Pal”
Currently Watching: Matt play Zelda
Currently Reading:The Uncrossable Canyon by James Dongweck Illustrated by Sean Bixby