Monday, June 28, 2010

Sketches from the Park

Maggie had a hair cut today. She came out looking like a princess.
While walking the dog at a local park last Sunday,  I saw a number of girls involved in soccer practice. They seemd to be having so much fun.
Now I have some new sketches to work with.
I scanned the sketches into painter and added colour.

I am working on two other pages of drawings.
I might add them later. These feel too rough and I am not happy with the colour. But I can change it.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Old Memories of Paper Dolls

For the past two weeks I have been putting a new portfolio of my stuff together. I decided I needed to put more sketches of children into the mix. I am wondering if I will ever get the portfolio finished because new ideas keep popping into my brain and onto the screen.
I think it is a process and a journey.
 I think I am still in the exploration stage.
These characters came out of some old pencil line drawings I made way back in the 1980's. Once I started with the shape of them, I started remembering what I loved to do when I was a kid so long ago just after the war. The thing I loved most to do was to design little outfits for my paper dolls.
The old fashioned kind.
Before Barbie.
The outfits with little tabs you folded over.
These little kids that appeared on the page brought out the old memory of childhood play.
I have to admit I am having fun.
Maybe that is OK?

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Some things brilliant and wonderful

The artist Jana Christy is creating such an interesting blog about donating a kidney to her brother. While browsing her website I found a page on it about how one of her recent children's books was turned into a HUGE display in New York City. The photos of the event give you an idea of how they enlarged her wonderful kids art and presented it in large posters, banner style hangings, enlarged book format and display cut outs at the event. As someone who once created nickel and dime glue and paste displays way back in the 1980's for a school board, I think it is sooooo wonderful to see what can be done now.


And her children's art is so wonderful and free and colourfully child friendly and so BIG.

Check it out for inspiration.

In the meantime I think her blog about the kidney could possibly help so many people who are worried about going into a hospital.

She lays it out so well with a delightful style of drawing and writing.

Sorry for my enthusiasm. I can't help it. Her portfolio art website can be found here.

I think I will put this up on my blog. haw!


MJ

Thursday, June 03, 2010

A Picture Book Related Discovery


I came across a new website called A Story Before Bed where grandparents or aunts or uncles can read picture books to children and record this and then the child can have access to the book online with the recorded bit appearing in the corner.
I may sound crazy but it seems to me that this is going to be a useful way for small children and reluctant readers to get interested in reading and books as well as online books. It is worth checking out. One can view sample pages of some beautifully illustrated picture books.
Orca, a Canadian publisher is offering some of their beautiful picture books at this website and I am sure many more books will follow.

I thought I'd mention it here in case anyone out there is looking in and maybe interested.