Thursday, November 24, 2011

IF - Vanity Paper Doll & Happy Thanksgiving

Annie has little vanity. She just appeared the way she is. Lucky me!
When I was young we didn't have Barbie dolls. Instead if we were lucky we had books of paper dolls to cut out and organize and play with. I am sure there are children out there who don't have Barbies.
I have been thinking about starting a paper doll blog. In the meantime, while I make up my mind, I am posting a paper doll I drew up yesterday. I can't figure out how to post a .pdf on google blogs so  instead I will post the large jpeg version.  It is Free for anyone to have fun with. You can save it and call it up and print it out.
If you click the image it should come up larger.

This is an experiment and in cutting it all out I discovered that Annie is very fine and requires good cutting out skills. Also I put too many tabs around that don't fit arms and legs exactly and can be left out. Use your judgement. This is an experiment.
Don't try to cut out her fingers and be careful with scissors around the arms and keep the base rectangle shape. Fold it around and tape the base so she will stand up.
A pipe cleaner or a pencil taped to her backside will help a lot and or she could be pasted to a card stock for added strength.
I am going to add a coloring page so that kids can color the outfits. And Annie needs friends and more wardrobe items.
Happy Thanksgiving to my American friends. If anyone finds this  to be fun please let me know. I will add to this today as I progress with a line drawing coloring page for kids.

There! A black white Annie for coloring.
And you can find the pdf file .

and thanks to Celeste Bergen for telling me about how to do this.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Information Book Award Winner Tanya Kyi

One of our most talented and prolific B.C. writers, Tanya Lloyd Kyi, a member of CWILL B.C.  has just won the Information Book Award of the year for her book  Fifty Burning Questions .
Members of the Children's Literature Roundtables across Canada voted it the winner.
I thought I would post this news in case any teachers or librarians out there want to have some of her excellent books on their shelves. Tanya's blog can be found   here.
Way to go Tanya. Congratulations!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Chugging Along

Yesterday I received my book proposal back in the mail. A very nice letter from the editor informs me respectfully that the story doesn't fit their current picture book needs.
I have to admit it is lovely to know so quickly about how they feel about the book idea. A no is hard but not unexpected.
I was thinking about re-doing all of the illustrations and I am so glad I didn't spend more time on it.
I am working on a new idea now and it is refreshing to get away from the pig characters because I was not really happy with them. I am kind of glad they never had a life out there.
I have been helping a friend with her book of poetry over the past few weeks. And I am working on a new picture book idea and getting back to writing.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Bearded Collie Drawing

Wet Canvas all media forum this weekend. I thought I'd give it a try. CorelDraw followed by adding bits with Corel Painter is the medium.
Thank you to 'justjean' the host this weekend for posting this photo of her dog Duchess.
It is either a Bearded Collie or a Sheep Dog. I'm not sure and thanks to Jennifer for pointing it out to me.

Monday, November 07, 2011

Painting and Erasing and Angels

Creative process today.
First - A digital painting on my iPad with Art Rage. I used my Bamboo pen for the iPad instead of my finger.
The pen allows for reasonable control of line drawing.
I made three copies of this image.
Then with the eraser tool I removed the 'paint' to reveal little doodle shapes of wings and trees and characters.
I sent them to my computer, took them into CorelDraw and Corel Painter.
I tried to cut and paste them over each other but a white box prevented it.
I repeated another angel wings using the original painting and the eraser tool in Painter. This time I had more control over the design on my computer because I have my Wacom tablet and my trusty Bamboo Fun pen.
Instead of giving up in frustration, I added the blue angel body shapes and feet and hands in vector format with CorelDraw.
Then I cut out some star shaped from the painting base in Painter and cut and pasted them onto the design.
In the end these characters revealed themselves to me and with a few additions to the painted wings...
I love technology and how it opens possibilities for creating new original stuff.
I never know if things will work out or not. Today I am happy.

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

Loud Noises and A Felt Effect

Thank goodness Halloween festivities have finally ended and the midnight fireworks have stopped  going off at all hours. My dog Maggie and my cat Babette are settling back into a more comfortable mode. They get frightened and seem a bit traumatized for a day or more following the loudness of the darned things.
To push the pumpkin down the blog page I thought I'd post a little heart drawing I did on my iPad with the Art Rage APP. I think it has a sort of fabric look in the final image.
A sort of seventies look to it maybe?
Easy and fun.
I like the Art Rage APP a lot and I can sit watching TV while sketching mindlessly and just fooling around with the colors and the brushes.
I also use a Bamboo pen for the iPad which is really useful if one is inclined to use the iPad for drawing.

Along the top you can see the stages.
I enlarged the third so you could get a better idea of what the effect is. In the early eighties I made a few wild and crazy banners with felt and applique. It reminds me of felt and beads.
Not great art. But fun and easy with the iPad.
I am thinking of trying some butterflies.
If you click the image I think it will come up even larger on the screen.