Here’s the plan:
Everyday this May I am going to post an older illustration that I have done, and mention what it was for, and the issues that I had with it. I hope you don’t mind my reminiscing.
(If you are subscribed to the newsletter, don’t worry, you’ll still only receive the newsletter on Saturday like usual; so I won’t be cluttering up your inbox.)
But, you’ll be able to click on any of the days to see what illustration I‘m talking about, and there’ll still be drawing lessons in Draw Page form.
So, while the flowers are blooming outside you’ll be able to see some of the flowers that I’ve illustrated (among other things)…and you’ll also get a chance to see some of the illustration bloopers, too….I guess we all have ‘em. The goods and the bads…and how I fixed or attempted to fix them.
Some will be from past jobs in book illustrating or from magazine or newspaper illustrations, some will be commissioned works, and some will just be from my sketch books.
Anyway, along the way you may learn some things you probably didn’t know about me. Like that I really really like quirky silly colorful scribbly drawings more than just about anything. And that I unfortunately most nearly always can’t get two eyes in a face to be the way I’d like them to be. Noses, mouths…even ears are fine, but the eyes always seem to be just-not-right. You’ll see. Lemme know what you think…so, starting today here we go…
I was looking through some of my old portfolio pages & sketchbooks…the first ones I’m posting are two drawings that I did during a move.
So we’ll call this day “Moving Day”
This first one is from 1977, me & my kitty, Esther moving from an apartment in Canton to another in Massillon.
I didn’t live in Ohio very long…I guess deep down I am just a Pittsburgh-girl. But, at that point in my life…just out of Art School a few years…I moved a handful of times.
I’m not exactly sure why but, on the sketch here I scratched out the address. I guess it feels polite to do so.
Simple line drawings were the way to go in the 70s…because it was astronomically expensive to make postcards in full color, and that’s what the sketch was for…a postcard to announce my new address.
The second one is the one I did maybe 3 or 4 years ago when I moved from “A Compass Rose” blog to this one. (another name was Rainy Days and Sundays)
I got a little more colorful on this…color isn’t very expensive anymore…and I never made a postcard from this. If you go here you’ll see where I moved from.
So what do you think? Will I bore you with a month’s worth of silly drawings? We’ll find out…stay tuned to see what I’ll post tomorrow.
In the 70s I had long black-brown hair…now? Gray! I still rarely ever comb it…but, I get it cut frequently…so it’s not long anymore!
This photo is me, my honey, Jim & our first son, Ben in 1980:
and the second photo is me last year:
Lot’s more to come, and a few new Draw Pages, too!
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