The Witches

Whenever I read a book I get vivid images in my head of what’s happening. I have recently picked back up the Witches for fun and although, it’s difficult to compete with the incredible illustrations of Quentin Blake I still have my own ideas.

As I began to desire to draw this illustration, I had an image come to mind as I read the passage. I then turned the page to the illustration by Mr. Blake and it was what my mind had shown me! I love that books I read as a child stuck with me so intently. It also terrified me to realize how much my illustration ideas are influenced by others which, I may not immediately remember.

However, the story progesses telling more about our young hero sitting and listening to his Grandmama. From my continued time being with the characters I was able to stretch my mind to come up with my own image.

It is the new year and as I always plan to draw images from what I am reading I think this shall be my just for fun resolution. “I will not neglect to draw the images that come to mind as I read.” They will post on Mondays, I’m not going to plan to be regular with them. I will draw them as I have time.

Happy New Year All! I wish you well with your goals and resolutions. Also great success to all in 2012!

December – Monochromatic

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