Monday, September 15, 2014

Back to School!

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The assignment from my rep, Nicole Tugeau, was to create promo art under the theme "back to cruel," depicting the less than positive aspects of returning to school. But this also depicts my memories of mealtimes with my two sons when they were little. There was a period of about six months when they would get so silly and so gross, we scarcely made it through a dinner without having to send one or the other away from the table. As parents, we felt obliged to civilize them, but in truth, they were often hilarious. Still are, though not nearly as gross any more.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Sketchbook Skool

It's been a lovely summer, made lovelier by a class I discovered. Knowing that I was going to be working on some less-than-exciting educational illustrations this summer, I was happy to learn from fellow PBAAer Betsy James about a fun sounding on-line course from Danny Gregory, who I've always liked. Danny and several other artists have created Sketchbook Skool, which offers three courses. I took the "Beginnings" course, hoping that it would keep me from burning out on drawing, and I'm happy to report that it worked! The six week course challenged me to break out of my comfort zone and draw IN PUBLIC! In front of STRANGERS!

Each week introduces a different instructor with a different method or focus. I especially enjoyed Tommy Kane, but they were all really good. I have a pretty cool sketchbook to show for my efforts, and I can keep referring back to the videos and transcripts, which are accessible forever once you take the class. (Klass?) Next, I think I'm going to try Storytelling. Never stop learning, that's the ticket!