Good Intentions Fall Through

Well as hopeful as I was to get my blog set up with scheduled posts it just didn’t happen. My pregnant brain did not bring it together for me to make new art that I wanted to post for you. Also the past week has been a lot of scrambling to be prepared for a new baby. But!, I have the finished piece of Hippo and Monkey Dancing. It was fun to use sparkle paper and sequin paper for their dresses. They didn’t leave much room for adding color to them but, I worked it in.

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And now I must take a leave to bring a new member of the family home. I will do my best to get back on the blog regularly. However, remember I did not get a chance to set up posts in advance so it may be some time.

I will miss you all stopping by and miss checking out what you are working on! Go be creative!

 

Taking Back Ground

I seriously misjudged how I would feel the last month of pregnancy. I only remember working almost 9 hour days the last month of my last pregnancy so, I didn’t see it coming that I would not be able to keep up with my own work this time. However, chasing a kid all day and trying to finish all my client work before baby’s arrival is a different set of circumstances.

I’m going to try to get myself set up this week to ensure that there aren’t more big gaps in blog posts. We just have to see if labor cooperates, I think it will.

I finished the hippo piece that I was having a lot of fun with. It has been delivered and now I can share it. Of course, you know my pregnant brain forgot to scan it! So, we have to wait for the person who received it to send me a photo. However, I do have my pastel color comp for you first.

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I loved drawing these sassy dancing ladies.

Trick Fox

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Sometimes a piece can just not come together. This skateboarding fox has been frustrating me since last week when “skateboard” and “fox” came up as twoodle words. I couldn’t get the motion and shape of the fox right. Pages of sketches went by. I tried shifting to other pieces, reading a book, taking breaks. It was messing with all of my drawing mojo. Finally getting this to a place I am excited about is freeing.

Looking forward to finishing up other pieces tomorrow since I’m back in the flow of illustrating. I was working on a couple pieces all week along with these sketches but, now I feel I can finish them with flourish.

Moo Cow

My time has still been absorbed by the piece that can not yet be shared. So, here is something a little old, the cow from my son’s word/image game that I made for him.
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I made this while he and I were doodling at our shared art desk. I reused some paper that had been partly drawn on, hence the random blue lines. I liked the activity feel they added to it. We had a lovely afternoon that day.

Opossum wants to play with Tiger

A little risky fellow has tangled himself up on this tiger’s tail. We will have to see if this tiger’s interested expression is based on hunger or playful curiosity.

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This is the color comp for my twoodle from last week.

Ah! I did it again didn’t I? I got behind on posts, this should have been out yesterday morning. Two things lent themselves to this delay. One, I am working on something I can’t share yet. So, my pastels that were actually done Monday, is under wraps until the finish gets into the hands of the recipient. Then, I have gotten back into the habit of visiting our library. With a new treasure trove of books on loan I have been reading a little obsessively. We found some really great books! I couldn’t help myself but, sit and read for a few endless hours.

If you want to keep up with what I’m reading I am using Goodreads to keep track.

My favorites from this past visit are R.L. LaFevers Nathaniel Fludd Beastologist series. They are perfect middle grade adventure reads. Nathaniel is adorable and easy to relate to. The illustrations by Kelly Murphy are just right for the feel of the book.

Cowboy on a Parrot

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I am so grateful for Alicia starting Twoodle. It has been a wonderful exercise for making new illustrations and finding new members of the community. Thank you for pulling us all together.

This is my finished illustration of last week’s twoodle, cowboy and parrot. For my current twoodle go to my tumblr to see my sketches for this week’s.