For the color challenge this week (Serenity Blue) I used this sketch which I did as a tribute to those in our community who were effected by the flooding a week ago. Many people had their homes destroyed and are still displaced. Our neighborhood was fine but as little as ten minutes away others were forced to leave their homes and belongings to the water with hardly any notice. It had never happened here that mere rainstorms flooded people out of their homes... once in the 80's there was a levy breach at the river and many homes were flooded but the areas effected then were different. This came completely out of the blue. Often here in North Louisiana we are the safe haven for those who evacuate north during hurricanes out of the gulf, but this time it was our people who needed help. One sweet part of the whole experience has been the way the community has come forward and supported those in trouble. It has really been inspirational and beautiful. Only good stories and heartwarming kindness have been the order of the day.
Meanwhile, I also participated in the SVS Third Thursday contest for March. The prompt was "Haven brought it to Show and Tell even though she didn't have permission"-
This month's was a spot illustration. I prefer those, although everyone seemed to have a different definition of what a spot really entails.
I enjoyed the chance to incorporate the robot owl I sketched a while back.
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This week's color challenge was Dandelion Yellow. I had sketched this little seahorse last week originally to add more detail to the Mermaid illustration but it turned out to be unnecessary. I really liked it for it's own sake though and decided to use it later. The color for the week happened to be a nice vivid color, so that worked out right away. My little boy loves seahorses, so we talk about them often in our house. His favorite lovey that he has slept with since he was a baby is a seahorse. The only library books he ever wants to check out are about seahorses. He draws the best seahorses ever. I should post one of my favorites of his on here later.
I have been so productive lately. I am carving out a steady work time in the mornings. I have created a chart to help me with the Children's Book project and it is helping tremendously. Instead of an invisible set of ideas that I know I need to get to, I have a layout showing each illustration and each stage of it that I can check off as I move forward, I have gotten so much done in just this one week because of that. I also am beginning to design my own patterns to use in the future with my illustrations. Standard background things like leaf patterns and stone path patterns much like the one I used in the Winged Girl illustration I posted a few weeks ago.
So I am super excited about all the work I am doing right now. It is so much fun I can hardly stop myself to do the mundane stuff. I am embracing the habits that I have been forming lately though because they really do make life smoother and more enjoyable in the end. Some habits that I have been keeping up with for example are - sketch time in the mornings and posting to Instagram shortly after... a daily log book at night that lists the days events... a read-a-loud streak with my husband and kids where we read a chapter a night with the kids -no matter what... no social media on weekends... keeping my daily Bible reading going this year but with my actual Bible open, not listening to the audible version on my app like last year....the color challenge due each Friday ... and several school related habits with the kids.
Anyway, I am also trying to post once a week to this blog this year. I am toying with a few ideas of subjects to actually write about besides my regular work updates. I may have more news about those coming soon.
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Thanks for stopping by. I'm a published illustrator working on getting better every day. My goal for my work is for it to be charming, bright and endearing. I share my ongoing work progress online because I welcome all the encouragement and feedback I can get as I try to improve my skills. I currently have a children's book project that I am nearing the end of.