Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Scribble Picnic (Fireflies)

One of my favorite memories as a little girl was catching fireflies (aka lightning bugs) in mason jars with my dad and brothers in our neighbor's backyard. Some of my summer memories were good and precious - this was one of them. I can't tell you just how much I love them and all the joy they bring to my heart. They fascinated me as a child. I sat for hours next to my father on the picnic table, watching what felt like a million of them, lighting up the night, bringing some sort of hope and promise to my heart as a little girl.

I couldn't think of anything more appropriate for Michael's Scribble Picnic theme - jars. Say, I have an idea! Why don't we all hang out for a while with our own jars and catch a few fireflies....gazing up into the midnight sky, dreaming?...  
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Sunday, June 18, 2017

Sunday Sketches (Strawberry Sponge Cake)


We've a busy weekend as it is Father's Day. Michael plans to have breakfast with the youngest son and then in the afternoon, a cook-out with everyone to celebrate. It's extra-special this year as my step-daughter's husband will be enjoying his very first Father's Day with beautiful 8-month old twins!!

This quick illustration came about due to a photo Michael forwarded to me of a scrumptious looking Strawberry Victoria Sponge cake packed with cream. We had a delicious one made for our summer English Tea Party last weekend so wasn't aware he was wanting another one! In lieu of another real cake, I sketched out this darling guy who's about to enjoy his personal sponge cake for him instead. :)

Wishing everyone a wonderful weekend! I'll catch up later in the evening. Happy SS!

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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Scribble Picnic (Little Women...)

I tackled this week's Scribble Picnic theme (BIRDS) a bit differently by incorporating it deeper into an illustration. Uh huh. Can you find it? Do you see it weaved into one of the darling dresses designed for these sweet sisters? I provided a couple of up-close snapshots so you can view the outfits a bit more.

It was quite enjoyable putting this piece together as I took extra time out in exploring colors, patterns, hairstyles and more. You can see a bit of this in the last photo posted above. A few days ago, I started illustrating book characters. The first was dear Anne Shirley in "Anne of Green Gables" and today is Louisa May Alcott's, "Little Women". Do you have a favorite book? Let me know when you leave your comment below and I'll see about illustrating it over the next week or so.

OK, I'm grabbing my favorite picnic blanket while the sun is still shining, and racing to meet the rest of the gang over at Michael's backyard. Happy Scribble Picnic!
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Sunday, June 11, 2017

Sunday Sketches (English Summer Tea Party)

Just a quick little note tonight as it's already late and I'm exhausted...well, we both are. Today we hosted our 2nd annual summer English Tea Party and it was absolutely wonderful! Michael made his famous lemon shortbread and was in charge of all the traditional English sandwiches. For me, I made my popular traditional English raisin scones and a savory leek and tomato quiche'. Also available for our guests were mini salmon cakes with feta cheese and spinach tucked inside and a fabulous homemade Victoria Sponge cake by our favorite local bakeshop, The Little Bird Bakeshop.

Above is a doodle I tossed together prior to our party preparations. It's a bit rough but I so love how she turned out for being thrown together at the last minute. Hee

Michael and I will share more photos in the coming week of our party but until then, we are off to bed for some much needed rest! I'm looking forward to catching up with everyone. Happy SS!

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Wednesday, June 07, 2017

Scribble Picnic (Grabbling Brook Post Office)

I love what we all find in our picnic baskets each week here at Scribble Picnic. Oh gosh, from sweet goodies to new friends - I love it all! Isn't that what picnics are all about?

This week I've decided to venture back off into my usual illustration style and have created my very own woodland post office called, "Grabbling Brook" for all of the local bunnies to mail their letters and parcels. Hee. Oh gosh, it turned out way better than anticipated! Above is just a snippet of the full illustration. When it's all completed, I'll reveal the entire painting and its magical wonder.

OK....off I go with my picnic basket to catch up with Michael and his lot....and grabbing an umbrella along the way. The grey skies have rolled in with thunder here and there. By golly, let's hope none of us get wet this afternoon!
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Saturday, June 03, 2017

Sunday Sketches (Oh, Hello there!)

(Oh, Hello there! #dailydoodle)

As you know, Michael and I've had a lot going on these past several weeks and there's still yet one other thing that's happened we've yet to share with you! Well, actually, it involves me! Are you ready? I have a big sister!!

All my life I've known about an older sister from my mother's previous marriage but have (unfortunately) never met her and honestly, never thought I would. Several years ago I tried to find she and my older brother, but was unsuccessful. I'm THRILLED to say she found me! (Thus where this illustration came from.)

Many, many tears have been shed and my heart is overjoyed! I look forward to sharing more about this story in the future. For now, please celebrate with me in this wonderful and beautiful reunion!!!

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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Scribble Picnic (Ms. Jane Eyre)

Wow, it's so wonderful to be back and a part of Scribble Picnic! This illustration came about while away in England. My niece had asked me if I would do a custom illustration for her, requesting it have books in it. I thought to myself, how fitting for the upcoming Scribble Picnic theme. What do you think? I love how it turned out and plan on offering it as a custom illustration. Meaning, for a small fee, I would change out the hair color, books and possibly the color of the chair.

The sun is out and the weather is gorgeous - hitting the mid 80's today! So, grab your favorite picnic blanket and join me on this hot, summer day....come see what everyone else is bringing to the picnic!
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Saturday, May 27, 2017

Sunday Sketches (California Doodles)

Michael and I arrived home earlier this evening. It's been a lot of unpacking, washing clothes and catching up on misc. things. The trip for M's mother's funeral went well over all and I'm sure he'll fill you in later this week on his blog.

In the meantime, enjoy a few of the "daily doodles" I created while spending a few days in California with Michael's father (and more family), after returning from the UK. I've been quite inspired lately and loving the final results.

OK....off to bed. I'm looking forward to catching up with everyone over the next few days! Happy SS!

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Sunday, May 14, 2017

Sunday Sketches (A special "Jack")

It's a quick one this week as Michael and I are about to head out of town for his mother's funeral next week. We've got a lot going on here, including the oldest son graduating from college today! Lots of great food and yummy cakes!

The illustration above is from a recent custom order I did for a client, of her grandson, "Jack". It took me just under two weeks to sketch and color in - and it turned out wonderfully! I couldn't be happier with the results and my client is very, very happy as well!

With that said, I will visit everyone when able.  I'll also try to post the following week for Sunday Sketches, if possible. If not, we'll resume the following week. Thank you for all of your love, support and beautiful thoughts regarding Michael's mother passing. It means a lot to us. Especially, Michael.

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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Scribble Picnic (Plant Shopping)

Scribble Picnic is here once again and this week we're sharing our interpretation of the theme, "potted plant". I knew fairly quickly what I wanted to illustrate and was quite excited to get started! In this scene, you'll discover I implemented two of my previously illustrated characters - Rudy and Quinton.

So, how about it? Grab your picnic basket and let's go shopping for some potted plants. Of course, Michael says I have more than enough plants in the house at the moment!

For more wonderful contributions, or to share your art of a "potted plant", hop on over to Michael's blog. It's been loads of fun picnicking with others across the world!
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Sunday, May 07, 2017

Sunday Sketches (A special little bear)

Over the past several months, I've been asking my mother more questions about her childhood. Sadly, my father's passed away and I know so little about his life growing up. In chatting with my mother one day, it broke my heart to learn she never, ever had a doll or teddy bear growing up. All she had to play with was a little red wagon she pulled to the top of a hill to ride down each day. I cried.

Yesterday, I learned something pretty significant about my family. Unfortunately, I'm not able to share it at this time....but hopefully, soon! Until then, enjoy this little doodle I made of my mother - picturing her as a little girl holding a special teddy bear.
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Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Scribble Picnic (My Secret Garden)

I've always loved the book, "The Secret Garden". In fact, I still hold a 2004 unabridged copy of this book with beautiful illustrations by Scott McKowen. So, when tossing around ideas as to what to create for this week's Scribble Picnic theme, I landed on creating my own version of a secret garden.

This particular painting took about a day and a half from beginning to end. It's not exactly how I'd hoped it would turn out but it's still lovely and hey - great practice, no?

I'd love to hear your thoughts and maybe what you would have done or not done, creating your own secret garden world. I intend on taking another stab at a second version just for fun!

Now, grab your picnic basket with goodies and follow me through the door of my secret garden.
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My Life As An Illustrator

Let me start with saying there really isn't any sort of standard career path to becoming an illustrator. I've read articles about a number of artists across the board and each one has a different story as to how they got started. With that said, let me share with you my story and what I've learned since diving into the world of illustrating a few years back.

Unlike others, I didn't grow up wanting to be an artist. Funnily enough, music was my first love. All I ever wanted to be was a professional singer! Hard to believe, huh? For several years, I traveled around multiple states, singing at different women's events, children's homes and churches. In time, life changed and so did my career path. This is where I began to dip my toes into art.

It wasn't until my father passed away of stage 4 cancer in 2011 where I began considering creating art for income. My heart wasn't really settled on any specific thing. I moved forward just doing a bit of everything and tossing it up in my Etsy shop to (hopefully) sell. I say hopefully, as I still didn't "own" my confidence in what I was doing at that time. There was a lot of uncertainty but I was taking my time and enjoying the process.

Move time forward a few years. It's 2012 and I made the decision to quit my good paying job of 13 years with State Farm to return to school full-time. I married in 2013...and then it happened...in Spring of 2014, I was in a horrible car accident that changed my life forever. I was just a few weeks away from college graduation when my world came crashing down. Recovery was long and extremely painful at times. I thank God every day for my wonderful husband and step-children who took time out to help their father care for me.

After 9 months into my recovery and still being fairly confined to the sofa, I was beginning to get bored! Who wouldn't? Right? Although only being able to sit halfway up on the sofa, I began to create little doodles and post them on Facebook. Let me tell you, the feedback I received was incredible! - and THIS is where my illustration career began. My inbox started filling up with not just requests for custom illustrations but inquiries to illustrate children's books as well.

Because of this, I began to thoroughly emerge myself in the Facebook world. Within a few months my page grew from about 2,800 followers to over 8,000. Today, my wonderful followers sit at around 15,600...and still continue to grow! I'm also very active on Instagram. In fact, I look forward to sharing something every day, whether it's a project I'm working on or a peek into my cozy, Colorado life.

With that said, here are some important things I've learned over the past few years that will help one grow and gain exposure as an artist:
  • Have a good, solid online presence. (e.g. Facebook, Instagram, etc)
  • Post daily! Your followers LOVE to know what's going on in your world.
  • Learn to accept rejection. Some things just aren't mean to be and it's OK!
  • VALUE yourself as an illustrator.
  • Work hard.
  • LOVE what you do!!! 

I'm incredibly grateful to wake up and have a job where get to draw and paint every single day. I personally find great joy in knowing whatever create in my studio, it touches the hearts of individuals across the world.

Do you have more questions? Is there anything else you'd like to know about my life as an illustrator? Simply leave a comment below and I'll be sure to answer your questions.
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Sunday, April 30, 2017

Sunday Sketches (Weekend Doodles)

It's been a surprisingly wet and cold April weekend. After the temperatures hanging in the mid 60's to low 70's the past few weeks, who would have ever thought we'd be watching it snow again! Because of the blistering cold temperatures we've pulled out our thick sweaters and boots once again...

All of this has molded into a quiet, cozy weekend, curled up on the sofa with my sketchbook and hot water bottle in hand. Enjoy some of my misc. practice doodles. Happy Sunday Sketches!

*NOTE* I look forward to popping in over at your comfy, creative blogs. Please do forgive me when it takes me a few days to visit everyone each week. My workload is getting pretty full so I'm trying to figure out a good balance for everything at the moment. On top of this, Michael's mother's health has been deteriorating over the past several weeks and just yesterday, we were informed she is no longer conscious and her lungs are now filling up with fluids. It's been a rough week here and would appreciate your thoughts and prayers.
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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Scribble Picnic (Tree Haven)

Scribble Picnic...a little TREE haven for this sweet family of bunnies in the forest. It's a bit different for me this week but I must say I enjoyed not creating an illustration with great detail! Ha! Nevertheless, it was good practice once again on creating depth within my work.  If you'd like to see photos of my "work-in-progress", visit my Instagram account for a peek.

For more wonderful contributions make sure to grab your basket of goodies and head over to Michael's blog to visit with other fabulous artists across the world! Heck! Why not join us? :)
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Sunday, April 23, 2017

Sunday Sketches (The House Guest Cont.)


This week has flown by way too quickly! It's been quite a wet week with all of the rain and chilly temperatures here at our little Bungalow. I've been working away on various projects and hope to make some special announcements very soon. Until then, enjoy the progress painting of "The House Guest" sketch from earlier this week posted for Scribble Picnic. I've been painting this since Thursday afternoon and still have at least 2-3 more days to go! Ha!

Happy Sunday Sketches and Happy World Book Day!
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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Scribble Picnic (The House Guest & his ladders)

My idea for this week's Scribble Picnic theme, ladder, took quite some time to develop. After thinking and researching...and then doing more thinking and researching... and then MORE thinking............ and MORE researching.......an idea FINALLY came to mind as to what I would illustrate. Yay me!

Once I started sketching the detail for my books I realized how utterly insane it was to think up such a grand idea! This piece took two full days to come up with and implement the design for each one. How long do you think it will take to paint?! :)

With that said, can you spot my special guest and the home he's making among my favorite books?

Visit Michael's blog for more sweet and delightful contributions to this week's Scribble Picnic!
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Saturday, April 15, 2017

Sunday Sketches (Bunny Tales...)

I've been working on this illustration off and on over the past few weeks and am super pleased at how it turned out. One of my focuses in between regular client work is improving and fine-tuning my digital painting skills. Although my primary illustration skill-set is hand-painted artwork, I'm told it's good to broaden one's skills across the board. (e.g. digital work).

How about you? Are there any skills you're working or would like to work on this coming year? If you're looking to learn the basics of watercolor, I offer a very affordable online class (Watercolor 101 for $40.00) covering this plus a few of my own hints and tips. My Spring 2017 class launches May 1st and you can take it whenever you want...and it's all online! This includes lifetime access, free downloadable PDFs for reference, great video lessons and a private Facebook group page to engage with others. Why not join us in a few weeks for some creative fun?

Happy Easter, everyone! I look forward to catching up with each of you.

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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Scribble Picnic (Rabbit Teacups)

Look what I'm bringing to our scribble picnic party this week.....tea cups for one and all! Uh huh, fancy a cup of tea with me, sipping from these cuties? I had so much fun illustrating this "rabbit" piece for the round this week. Oh gosh! So much, I'm seriously considering designing some actual mugs/tea cups.

Anyway, you can see a few of the process photos over on my Instagram account. Simply swipe or click through to view them. Besides my watercolors, I utilized my Tombow brushes quite a bit this time around. If you're not familiar with them, keep an eye out for a post I'm working on to explain a little more about them and how to incorporate them within your own art.

Until then, grab your favorite picnic blanket and hop on over to visit with everyone else. You're sure to enjoy the sunshine and fabulous peeps!
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Sunday, April 09, 2017

Sunday Sketches (Little Red Dress)

I've been practicing faces and hairstyles the past few days. Something I need to get better at, as well as being able to create the same face/character in various poses - not always easy to achieve, let me tell you! Anyway, I thought I'd share my doodle from earlier today based off a photo of my father's parents holding me as a little baby. Every photo I've looked at of me in that red dress, I'm just smiling away. I must have loved that little, red dress!

You can check out another daily doodle I sketched out a few days ago of me and my little blue overalls. I LOVED playing in those in my grandma's backyard. So much fun and adventures! Hee

How about you? Do you have something specific you're practicing as of late with your art, photography, etc? It's such a joy sharing our art, tips, etc. Looking forward to hearing from you.

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Wednesday, April 05, 2017

Scribble Picnic (Grandfather Clock)

Another challenging sketch for me this week but am thankful for the weekly themes over at Scribble Picnic to keep us on our toes! It was grandfather clock for this week and what a great way to incorporate it into the children's book I'm currently writing entitled, "Thickleberry Village"...enjoy their very own town (grandfather) clock. Hee

I spent so much time on the details and sending out yet another survey to my wonderful followers for what kind of shops, that I ran out of time to paint it this week. Can you spot the 4 shops and various details? After adding a few woodland creatures, I'll get to coloring it in and promise to share near the end of this week.

Want to get creative with us? Well, grab your summer basket and hope on over to this week's picnic on Michael's blog. It will be so much fun!
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Sunday, April 02, 2017

Sunday Sketches (Miss Lilly's Home)

Well, it's finally finished! Can you believe it's taken me 6 weeks from start to finish?! I'm sure it's because I've been hesitant to start the floor and ceiling. I wasn't quite sure which direction to go so I decided to reach out to my Instagram (IG) followers and got some pretty amazing feedback.

The following images share my little process along the way. As you can see from the last image (where I began) I started with sketching out my idea on tracing paper. Once it's finalized, it's then transferred to my favorite watercolor blocks (Fluid) and I start painting.

You'll notice my final painting is a wee bit different from my beginning sketch - and that's OK! This is the very thing I love about illustrating...the ability to let one's heart go and see where it all ends up when you're done.

How about you? Do you allow yourself the freedom to simply sketch and paint? Or do you place unnecessary restrictions upon yourself that by the time you're done, any joy you had in creating the piece has been smothered or diminished? I'd really like to hear any thoughts you might have on your process of making art. Happy Sunday Sketches!

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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Scribble Picnic (Quinton's Walnut Boat)

Quinton loved his little walnut boat. One day, he'll set sail out on the ocean blue, seeking out adventures and new friends. Until then, playing at Platypus Lake will do just fine.

Boat is Scribble Picnic's theme this week and perfect for my little hedgehog in the making. Uh huh. I don't know about you, but I do enjoy being challenged in my artwork as it helps one learn and grow along the way. (Well, I don't always enjoy it but it's good for the creative soul. Ha!)

Right now, I'm teaching myself to understand how to illustrate greens better (like above with the trees and grass), making sure I'm creating depth along the way. It may sound pretty easy but let me tell you, it takes some work and a lot of squinting the eyes!

For more fabulous Scribble Picnic contributions, or to simply learn how YOU can join each week, take a spin over to Michael's blog. You don't be disappointed! 
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Sunday, March 26, 2017

Sunday Sketches (& Giveaway WINNER)

Cats. I love cats. However, I'm extremely allergic to them. I remember playing with them at a friend's house for hours when I was little. For months, I'd leave with swollen eyes and having terrible issues breathing. Finally, after carefully reviewing my activities, the doctors discovered it was the cats. I cried for days when told I could no longer play with the kittens. Awww

Anyway, I don't draw cats often so thought it would be fun to illustrate one this week, incorporating my love for potted plans with it. He turned out quite cute, I must say. What do you think? Do you have cats? Any favorites?

Before venturing off to visit everyone, as promised, I'd like to announce the Sunday Sketches 7-year anniversary winner. After entering everyone's name into the online name generator, the lucky individual is Lisa Isabella Russo!  CONGRATULATIONS, Lisa. Please email me your shipping address so I can send off your fabulous parcel of goodies!

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Scribble Picnic (Fairies)

This week's Scribble Picnic theme "fairies" took me in what felt like, a half a dozen directions with nothing coming alive on paper. I felt utterly discouraged. In fact, at one point, Michael encouraged me to take a break from working and to soak awhile in a nice, hot bubble bath. Let me tell you, I'm so glad I took his advice as my final idea (above illustration) popped into my creative heart while sinking way down into the lavender suds to rest. Who would have thought a bubble bath would solve my artistic frustrations!?

When working away in the studio, it's important to me to always weave my childlike heart within each illustration I do. Why is that, you ask? I'm a firm believer doing so brings love, joy and HOPE to those who cross paths with my work. Something this world is always in need of and sometimes you and I need a bit of it, too. My desire is to never lose this...to always be a blessing to those around me...one day at a time.

For more wonderful, creative contributions, take a spin over to Michael's blog. And of course, anyone is welcome to join this great online art co-op.
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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

A little Spring In Your Heart


I love Spring! Of course, come Autumn, I'll say the same thing. Ha! Yesterday, we hung a beautiful tree house and paper lanterns in the trees along the side of our cozy little bungalow. It's so magical and fills my heart with joy. Those are the things I look for every single day. Life is hard enough on its own so finding simple things, such as this, brings that boost of happiness to help guide us along.

How about you? What do you do to lighten the load of life's journey along the way? I'd love to know.
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Sunday, March 19, 2017

Sunday Sketches (& A Giveaway!)

It's been quite the week for us here. Sadly, a lot of (unnecessary) stress and so we are looking forward to the weekend. Hip Hip Hooray! With that said, how about a little peace, hope, love....and some relaxation?

Let's also CELEBRATE as Sunday Sketches turns 7 years old today! Can you believe it? It's exciting to see this wonderful co-op still going strong. With that said, for anyone who participates in SS this week, your name will be entered into the giveaway to win a parcel filled with various things, including what's shown below.

So, what are you waiting for? Get out your favorite artistic tools and join us for a week of SUPER, fun creative art from wonderful people across the world!

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Scribble Picnic (Lanterns of Love)

This week's lantern theme for Scribble Picnic was (believe it or not) a bit more challenging for me. I started with two other ideas only to scrap them in the end, once realizing neither were coming to fruition. But hey, that's what scribble picnic is all about, yes?

After stepping away from my desk for awhile, I was drawn back to the illustration above that ironically, I started a few weeks back. At that time, I set it aside as it wasn't quite coming together for me. To be honest, I actually ripped it in half! (insert silly face here) I pulled it out of the trash, taped it back together and challenged myself to continue working on it...and I'm glad I did!

I'm not sure if this is finished to me as it still feels like something else is beckoning to be done. For now, we'll all simply enjoy this little tree of lanterns filled with love.

For more fabulous contributions to Scribble Picnic, pop over to Michael's blog.
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Sunday, March 12, 2017

Sunday Sketches (i-phone doodling)

This is a quick post this morning. Please do accept my apologies. Yesterday we celebrated my step-daughter's 25th birthday and this morning, we're on our way to catch up with good friends who've just returned from traveling France and Spain for a month.

Above is a quick doodle I did in a sketchbook last night. I've been trying to stretch myself with characters and expressions, therefore, practicing a bit more when able. I then took a photo of my sketch, lightened it and used a phone app called "Procreate" to color it in. Not too bad using my finger on a small i-phone, ey?

OK I'll be back in a few hours and look forward to visiting everyone. Happy Sunday Sketches!
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Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Scribble Picnic (Umbrella)

Polly is excited about her special birthday cake and pressie. Aww Well, I finished my sketch for scribble picnic this week but was unable to finish painting it for various reasons. I promise to post it when it's completed.

Can you spot Polly's umbrella? How about the major change I made from my initial sketch to the actual illustration? It's always fun coming up with ideas and seeing where things land in the final stages. Such as my trees....they take several steps the way I paint them but in the end, they turn out quite magical.

For those of you wondering...I've decided to take the weekly themes and implement them into the UK birthday card series I'm working on. Thus the "4" located to the right of this illustration. It's perfect and pushes me forward in meeting my deadline while stretching myself as an illustrator.

Enjoy more Scribble Picnic contributions over at Michael's page. It's sure to be a fun-filled time for everyone!
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