My latest illustration has been an exercise in, well…
keeping it fresh!
Although I did quite a few versions of this illustration trying out different settings for Josephine and her little dog André (see below for an example)…
In the end, I decided Jo and André were just fine on their own, thank you very much.
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I’ve been talking a lot to my mom lately. Last night the subject of our conversation turned to what makes someone beautiful. And that got me thinking about my friends and why they are so beautiful to me.
1. Make eye contact with me
2. Listen intently
3. Try to understand what I’m feeling and where I’m coming from
4. Are caring and loyal
5. Are honest about their own fears and insecurities
6. Share their successes and triumphs
7. Are generous
8. Have a sense of humor about themselves and about life
9. Are curious about the world and aren’t afraid to try new things
10. Embrace their age with honesty and grace
I figure if I can strive to be even half of those things to my friends, I might just become more beautiful, too!
“Beauty is not in the face; beauty is a light in the heart.”
About a year ago I switched from working with watercolors and gouache to using markers and ink for my fashionista illustrations. I made the switch for several reasons; I wanted more vibrancy to my colors, and I wanted to work with a more translucent paper without having to worry about the paper buckling under the wetness of the paint.
My first attempts with markers were fairly clumsy and heavy-handed, but I feel now like I’m really growing into the medium. Today I brought back an old illustration to rework. I always liked the drawing, but knew when I originally finished it that it would need to be reworked at a later date.
Here’s the old version:
And here is the new re-worked version:
The greeting card version is now available in my shop at Etsy!
Available as either a folding 5×7 card or a horizontal note card…
(Because everyone appreciates a thank you!)
I’ve had limited time these past weeks for regular work on my illustrations. Therefore, when I do get a chunk of time – like I did yesterday – I feel like an addict making up for lost time. Top of my list recently has been a new “head-shot” for Josephine. I struggled this week with various looks and angles…only to find that, in the end, the problem was too many angles! In each of the versions I created, Josephine looked stiff, over-worked, and (gasp!) old. Yesterday as I scratched my brain in frustration and pondered the next step, something clicked…or loosened up…or, whatever.
And a pondering, but still sassy, Josephine emerged.