Maybe, just maybe, I’m getting caught up. I’ve always got a few little doodlin’ projects going on but I get a little behind on posting them. This time, I’m pretty close to on time. Woohoo! For the Lilla Roger’s class I’m doing, our assignment was to create a pattern that is jello inspired. I sure do love drawin’ some tiny little fruits. A few years ago I worked at K&Company illustrating fun patterns, so it was like old times makin’ a pattern and accompanying it with some smaller accent patterns. I love a good tea towel, so who knows, maybe my little jello ladies with find their sweet faces there soon.
Ever since I was little I have been obsessed with drawing hair. It’s like therapy to me, drawing all kinds of lines, makin’ up all sorts of weird hairdos. This little lady is ready for some serious spring action. Seeing snowflakes on my WeatherChannel app for tomorrow makes me a little bummed (and I love snow). I’m ready for flowers, not snow, up in my ‘do.
Last month I enrolled in a Lilla Rogers online course in an effort to help evolve and refine my illustration skills. Our first assignment was to illustrate cuckoo clocks. The black and white images are my preliminary sketches. I looooove doing fine lifework. The final presentation was to be an image that would be marketable as a phone case. I was happy with my final image-however, it is way, way too detailed for the intended application. If I had it to do over again, and a few more hours on my watch, I would have simplified, simplified, simplified. But, I don’t mind the final illustration. It would look cute on a tote bag or somethin’. I do love drawin’ some little critters though.
Friday night I participated in an annual event, Monster Drawing Rally, in which several local artists create a piece of artwork in front of a crowd, then auction that work off with proceeds going to charity. When I paint, I typically stick to watercolor. It’s messy and hard to control. Just like my life. But for this little shindig I decided to use acrylics since I needed a quicker drying time. This painting was done on an 8″x10″ wooden canvas with acrylic and ink.
One week ago, my Mini-Me turned a year old. She, by the way, is the cutest one-year-old alive. On the face of the entire planet. To celebrate how amazing she is, and that fact that I successfully kept her alive for a year, I set out to throw a super fun first birthday party. Obviously, I love to draw…so draw I did. I found the ferris wheel cupcake holder when she was merely months old. Swearing I would never go overboard on baby parties, I immediately bought it. I doodled a fun circus pattern for the little party hats. And almost burned my hands off with the hot glue gun making them. I made fun little circus puppet acrobat girls, bunnies and kitties. The bunny made it on the invite (way to go, bunny!). I suspended the acrobats in the middle of sewing rings and hung them among all of the tissue fans. I doodled some little gift bags, doodled and cut out a fun cake-topper and made one zillion yarn pom-pons. Seriously, very, very close to one zillion. I used those bad boys on cake-topper, party hats and for a special party headband for Baby Vivi. Then for food I served cupcakes, of course, soft pretzels, mini corndogs, popcorn, peanuts, and pink lemonade. Yum!!!
This is a quick little circus pattern I illustrated on the fly. I wanted it to look like quick doodles on a chalkboard. You’ll see why later…
Almost a year ago, the sweetest little snug bug came into our lives. That little baby has inspired the direction of my illustration a lot in the last year. Next weekend we celebrate this amazing year with her. These are the little invites I illustrated for her circus party. I illustrated the little circus girl bunnies, then turned them into fun little, movable puppets on the cover of the invite. More fun party stuff coming!