A quickie for this week’s Illustration Friday theme, “wish.” This was a real “thank goodness for Photoshop” project, as I decided to re-do the middle dragon’s head, and didn’t have time to re-do the whole illustration. So I drew a new head on a scrap of paper, scanned it into PS, dropped it into the scan of the original illustration, and then fixed the lines and color with PS tools. I also dropped in a basic background with the paint bucket tool.
Now, I have to rush off to finish another project. Wishing you all a happy day!
or so it sometimes seems, anyway.
Ink on Canson Montval paper, for the Illustration Friday theme “Novelty.” As best as I can tell, the quote’s from Spencer W. Kimball.
The Illustration Friday theme this week is “metamorphosis.”
When change seems particularly overwhelming, it’s nice to think about acorns becoming trees, and caterpillars sprouting wings. And about chaos theory, and the possibility that something small and seemingly random may be part of a meaningful and important pattern, after all.
The Illustration Friday theme this week is “journey,” and that’s kind of a nice coincidence, as I’ve not only been on a major road trip this year (to Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island), I’ve also been working on a zine around the idea of travel.
Even when you’re at home, every day is a journey of sorts, and going from one part of life to another can be quite an adventure, with all the terror, uncertainty and exhilaration of any great trip. If only we had maps for that…
Here are a few pages from my zine project, “The Art of Finding Your Way.” Most of the art is from the illustrated journal I’ve been keeping for several years.
All pages are watercolor and colored pencil on Canson Montval paper. The top page quote is from The Indigo Girls’ lovely “The Wood Song.”
After a deluge of rain, this guy and his cohorts threatened to take over the garden.
Watercolor and Verithin and Derwent colored pencils in a Stillman & Birn Zeta sketchbook, for the Illustration Friday theme, “King.” (Well, for a while this one did seem to be the supreme ruler of the hostas and the hellebore!)
Worth its weight in gold, sometimes!
(The Illustration Friday theme this week is “golden.”) (And yes, I do like to paint/draw at my local Panera!)
If you’re in North Carolina these days, you can see my work in a couple of spots. I’ve got a range of greeting cards at the wonderful indie Quail Ridge Books in Raleigh — a warm and welcoming place with a long local tradition. And I just placed some cards and an array of beaded housewares at a cool new place, the Every Good Thing Artisan Gallery, on Castle Street in Wilmington, NC. I’m still working out how to photograph metal and glass without getting too much glare or distortion, but this will at least give you a bit of an idea:
I get all kinds of things to bead — salad servers, wine stoppers, you name it — from a great supplier, Karen Thomas. Through Karen Thomas, I heard about the nonprofit Beads of Courage, which works with seriously ill children. BoC is currently soliciting donations of handmade beads, so I sent a bunch, including these:
I hope they can use them!