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!
The Illustration Friday theme is “repeat,” an apt one since I’ve been thinking about — and playing with — patterns. (Helpful books: “Digital Textile Design” by Melanie Bowles and Ceri Isaac, and Kimberly Kight’s “A Field Guide to Fabric Design.”)
I’m not sure what, if anything, I can adapt these for (wrapping paper, maybe?), but it’s been fun working with a repeat, and trying to find patterns that are balanced, but still interesting.
A storm was kicking up late the other day, and I couldn’t help thinking my garden wouldn’t make it through the night. I even picked my sole cucumber, as I had visions of a big wind carrying it across town!
My plants ended up weathering the winds just fine, of course. The whole event served as a nice bit of inspiration — maybe we’re all stronger than we think we are — and a good excuse to test some art supplies in my Stillman and Birn Zeta sketchbook. The verdict? It’s a great surface for Derwent Watercolor Pencils and a Derwent blender, as well as my favorite Uniball Vision Exact pen. I like the Zeta surface for Faber-Castell Polychromos pencils and Prismacolor Verithins, too.
Also…cucumbers fresh from the vine are delicious!
The Illustration Friday theme this week is “fragile,” by the way.
The Illustration Friday theme is “beard.”
Prompts can take you to…uh, hairy places!
Ink and Faber-Castell colored pencil in a Stillman and Birn Zeta sketchbook.