For some reason, that just doesn't feel right.
There's something about the snow, the cold (*in new England at least), the ball dropping, scarves, mittens, discarded holiday packaging...it's a huge rush all at once. Afterwards your brain kinda just goes, "PHEW...did that just happen?"
I'm looking forward to this year, though, for some reason I'm slightly apprehensive. I work really hard. Really hard. Sometimes I wonder why I do...because it makes me so tired.
The labor of love...
I guess I'm just hoping for something bigger. Something to make me feel like it's all worth it. Being an artist or writer is sure not easy! We definitely all work hard to get where we are.
Many loud cheers to all of you hard working creative folks out there. Keep doing it, the world needs you! And please have a happy, peaceful, and celebratory New Year! I'll try to do the same. :)
I started this mini project as a sketch advent calendar - counting down the 12 days until Christmas. What I didn't realize was how FUN it was going to be. Each sketch takes me about 15-20 minutes. I use a number 2 pencil in my sketchbook - and voila! My ideas started to expand into mini stories. If you followed along on my Facebook page, thank you! I've been posting photographs of my sketchbook on a daily basis.
Look for these (cleaned up and in both color AND black and white) as a postcard / gift card set for Christmas in 2013!
Hope the countdown to Christmas doesn't leave you too stressed! It's the best and busiest time of year. :)
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It took me that long to finish reading The Yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings. Between getting married, commissions, my day job, and holidays...it's really, really hard to find time to read! And no, I have never read this book before and had only a vague idea of what might happen.*
The hardest part was choosing one scene out of the entire book to illustrate. You could take it in any direction because there are really funny moments (Fodder-Wing and his antics and the way they poke fun at Ma Baxter), really tender moments (between Jody and his father), hard times (a violent week long noreaster, a vicious plague, or fire), and internal thoughts of a child coming of age.
To me, the story was really about a son's adoration and admiration for his father. When Jody felt like Penny turned on him, that's really why he suffered. He had nobody left to trust. In the end, the only thing that could get him out of it was realizing that his father was right (and nearly starving to death in the process).
Maybe I'm getting too deep, here...but hey, I have to explain why I chose this scene!
I wanted to show a totally different emotion than I normally show in my work....in hopes that the honesty will show through. Not every moment in life is carefree, there are hard times too.
I used scanned pencil and brush pen sketches in combination with Photoshop to make this piece. Here are a few of the scanned images, see if you can find them in the final:
*Funny Story: I was nearing the end of the book and one day while perusing Twitter I saw a conversation that read: "What's the name of the book about the boy who has to kill a deer?" to which someone replied "The Yearling?" Thus... the ending of a book written in 1938 -spoiled by modern technology! It really was funny!
I sketch a lot like this, it's my favorite part of creating art. It's freedom. There is no such thing as a mistake in this stage and you never know what you'll end up with. In this case, I liked the idea of Mary and her lamb in the rain with an umbrella. Why does it pay to show your sketches to friends? Sometimes they offer up fresh ideas that help break you out of your story telling comfort zone. Because of a quick conversation with a friend (Thanks, Ellen!) I chose a different moment of the walk to illustrate: