Illustration Friday: Voices (some more important than others)

December 23, 2008 at 12:48 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 5 Comments

Stars are like voices to me. Seems they each have their own story to tell.

This is just a quick scan of a newspaper article circa 1977…finding my own voice…certainly not as important as the star I wrote about (but I was so surprised and happy to win, and I remember that the first and second place winners were 11 and 12 year olds. My teacher turned these in to the newspaper without telling us she was going to do it). We weren’t a big church-going family then, but I did feel a testimony growing in my heart. I remember being dropped off at church once at Christmas time, and getting to paint a little wooden ornament of the three wisemen.
Off to see my little guys at their class party! Merry Christmas, everyone!


IF Illustration Friday: SIMILAR shadows

December 9, 2008 at 2:12 pm | Posted in Birds, friends, girl, IF, illustration friday, princesstomato | 21 Comments

Sketch of Girl and Bird

Sketch of Girl and Bird

Quick sketch of a girl who found an egg. She hopes it is similar to the ones mama bird has been sitting on in the nest above.

My favorite part of this is actually how the shadow of the girl’s hands ended up looking similar to a bird shadow–the kind we form with our hands to appear on a wall. How serendipitous!

The actual sketch has more design elements to it, such as the branches and leaves forming a heart-shaped border around the girl. I played around with the albeit-horrible-scan in Photoshop, and learned that I can move things parts of drawings around, resize them, adjust perspective, etc. Wow! So I was able to make the girl smaller and move her so that she is under the tree more. I may have distorted her a bit in the process. I am such a beginner at PS, and am amazed what can be done with it. I know I could have drawn it by hand five times over in the time I spent playing, but I am trying to learn new things. Eventually I will get to figuring out how to make and use customized brushes.

Anyway, we are covered in snow here and life is good. Have a great day!

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