i’ve wanted to be a published illustrator since i first realized that was an actual thing. i took a class in college called The Children’s Picture Book. My instructor was an amazingly talented artist whose experience both inspired and discouraged me. What i mean is, she was phenomenal and let us know that the kids book biz was a tough egg to crack. i thought, if doors don’t fly wide open every which way for someone like her, what chance did i have?
Skipping forward some 15 years and i kinda wish i hadn’t been discouraged to the point of paralysis. i’ve been kicking around in every possible area of the art world ever since and i finally feel like i’m finding my most comfy niche…..in painting abstracts and sketching characters. i’ve just recently started combining the two and it feels like home.
These are a few of my latest kiddos. i’m on a mission to create throngs of them in the hope that practice makes perfect. And in the meanwhile, i’m actually shaking off the paralysis and dummying up a few of the books that have been collecting dust on the shelf. It’s feels like doing a class project and not really real. DO you know what i mean?
Aaaaaanyways…..i’ll leave you with this one last little sketchy-poo; it’s me, as i’d look in my little land of sketchy girls and bright colors…..think this would this look ok on a book flap someday? Because i think i like it better than my headshot. haha. Fingers crossed.