With the warmer weather today, I seized the opportunity to sweep the balcony AND spend a little time drawing outside.
Common wisdom says you can’t change a person. But I think I’ve found an exception to that rule and you’ll see it in the following Siamese cat pics. (By the way, the exception to the rule also goes by a shorter name. It’s called love.) Case in point – after years of thinking I wasn’t a pet person, I seem to have fallen head over heels for my mom’s cute little Siamese cat. As you can see in the Siamese cat pics below, little Puck’s got the perfect blend of qualities you’d want in a companion. For example, he’s:
Handsome and svelte…
And always willing to meet me halfway!
He also inspires my cartoons and is a (maybe not so) willing participant in my little videos!
I guess you can say…
P.S. This isn’t the first time Puck has inspired my creativity. I guess you could say he’s a repeat offender!
"Every spring is the only spring, a perpetual astonishment."
With warmer weather upon us, I'm loving that I get to shed some of my winter layers. This whimsical cartoon doodle was inspired by the arrival of spring!
I'm enjoying a break from the concrete jungle and our face-paced life in NYC. And there's no better way to do so than by caring for some very cute little critters!
After playing 10 weeks of Wicked on Broadway, I have renewed respect for my fellow show musicians as well as some new "tricks" of my own for combating burnout.
"There are no mistakes, only happy accidents."
Screen time limits are a must for adults, too. Here's why and how I'm taking action!
and I’m celebrating it with a new illustration!
Actually, mud is really NOT my favorite thing. However, when I saw that the word for The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators monthly art prompt was “muddy”, I figured I might as well embrace the challenge and get my hands a little dirty.
These days I’ve also thrown out the rule book. Instead of trying to come up with verbal gags for my single panel gag cartoons before I start drawing (doing so is highly recommended by most cartoonists), I’ve resorted to simply doodling and letting what emerges from my scribbles dictate the direction of the humor. I would have felt sheepish about admitting that I cartoon this way, until I came across this New Yorker Cartoon Desk archived article about the cartoonist John O’Brien.
So, for your amusement, here is the rather messy (muddy?) process I used to come up with my latest illustration.
The preliminary doodle sketch was done on regular 8.5 x 11 office paper with a 3B pencil…
I then scanned my doodle into my photo editing program to clean it up a bit more (my eraser was black by this point) and to see it from a new perspective…
(As you can see, I also crudely re-drew areas with the paint brush tool in my photo editing program. I’ve used Corel Paint Shop Pro for years for my photo editing and illustration clean up projects. Currently I’m using the Corel Paint Shop Pro X9 version.)
From here, the next steps were to transfer the line drawing to my Borden & Riley #234 Paris Paper for Pens, ink it with my various brush tip pens, and then color it with my Faber Castell Watercolor pencils.
The finished illustration…
(Quite cleaned up, if I do say so myself!)
Here’s hoping the folks over at the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators love it, too!
"The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science."