Tuesday, January 24, 2017

52 Week Illustration Challenge ~ Can I really do this?!?

This year I decided was going to be the year I wrote a book. Not a how to or recipe book, oh no, I want to write a children's book! I have a jumble of story ideas in my head, many to do with the critters that call this place home. And while I am great at taking pictures of those animals, I haven't really made any "art" since high school, and that my friends, was a looooong time ago!

Of course the important part of a children's book, other then a good story, is the illustrations. I know when I read to my children, the pictures matter. They can either draw the reader's eye in or just fall flat. I don't want my children's book (if I do get it done) to fall flat in the art department.

Oh, I know, if you write a great story publishers will hook you up with a fantastic artist to illustrate your book. But let's be honest, at this rate, I don't even know any publishers...... So I figure I better be able to illustrate my own story. We will worry about the whole "actually getting it published" thing when I actually get the book written and illustrated!

I was so excited when a friend of mine pointed me to the 52 Week Illustration Challenge. There is also a group for this page where everyone shares their work and encourages each other. Let me tell you I was scared beyond belief when I posted my work the first week, but even the totally mind blowing, amazing artists there were friendly and supportive of a new comer.


Now I know I am no rock star. Heck for Week 1: Whimsy, I was using the country kids' colored pencils to make my drawing. But I think Mr. Bill sporting a tie turned out very cute.


Week 2: Feathered Friends, I decided to try to be a Ms. Fancy Pants, like those amazing artists that where sharing and I turned to a computer drawing program to make my piece. I will admit, it looks a lot more professional and clean..... but it wasn't very fun to make. Seriously, I preferred the pencils.





So for Week 3: Australiana, I went back to those chewed on colored penciles. There is just something about moving a pencil that is so much more relaxing to me then moving a computer mouse. I liked my concept, but again, the execution failed to thrill my eyes. I was falling flat. *sigh* Not to mention, it was pointed out to me that Kiwis are from New Zeeland, NOT Australia. Oops!


We are now into Week 4: Ode to favorite children's book. I loved reading The Guruffalo to the oldest country kid when he was little, and since we are the homesteading type, I decided to put a little twist on the cover of the book. Instead of the Gruffalo and mouse, I went with the horned (and fanged) Duckuffalo going after a worm. This is my favorite drawing so far! So much so, I didn't want to mess it up with those darn colored pencils!

So what's a girl to do? I ordered some illustrating markers! I can't wait for them to arrive because I so want to add color to this. I think with the right tools, I might just be able to actually make a decent looking finished product. I really hope my markers come very soon, because the next few weeks the themes just beg for beautiful color. I mean how can I draw a peacock or a garden without them!

Now if you will excuse me, I'm going to go stare out the window for the mail lady.......


18 comments:

  1. What fun you will have! Enjoy the journey!

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    1. I am enjoying it. As a kid I hated "homework" but I look forward to each new assignment theme! I may never make the New York Times best seller list, but I am enjoying the pure joy of crating.

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  2. Love the Duckuffalo! I also love your drawings much more than computer assisted drawing. Keep it up and I cannot wait to see the glorious colors!

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    1. I can't wait for my markers. LOL I am like a kid at Christmas. The anticipation is killing me.

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  3. Oh, I can't tell you how happy I am that you are pursuing this!! That Duckuffalo is fabulous! I'm sure there will be lots of us out here cheering you on!!! Dona

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    1. I need all the cheering I can get! I am nervous about sharing anything I create, so thank you.

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  4. Love the duck in the tie! Good luck with your children's books. My mom has been writing my children little books for years now and this last one I decided was too good not to do something with. As I work on getting hers published I will enjoy watching to see how yours is coming, it will be almost like doing it together :)

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    1. If you figure out how to get her's published will you tell me the secret? LOL

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    2. Getting it published, like by someone, is beyond me. Working on self publishing through Amazon. If you have any great ideas on getting word about it out there....

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    3. If I ever figure it out, I'll let you know!

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  5. I think your illustrations are GREAT!! Never give up - sometimes as we get older, have kids, etc etc we loose that part of us that loves to be creative. I know I have enjoyed starting to color in the books that I have and hope for that creative spark to continue. I have even been watching some of Bob Ross on Netflix - happy little trees live here and here :)

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  6. I love challenges although I'm not very good at drawing. Thanks for sharing with us at #OvertheMoon Link Party.

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  7. Thanks for persevering and then sharing your story!

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    1. It is really pushing my creativity and I am try so many new mediums.

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  8. Such a neat thing to do! :)

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

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