I am excited after hitting the wall on page 26 which contains 4 detailed vignettes, I back off for a couple of weeks, gave myself the pep talk and busted through the wall and finished that page. Whew. The pages were not necessarily completed in order, in fact my Gravatar is from the last page. There is only one page to complete.
Here is vignette two of the four.
“Will the man ever stop talking? It’s so boring.”
The above are not the words from the story, but without the rest of the pieces, I didn’t want you to wonder what is going on. This is exactly what the flower girl did at one of my daughter’s weddings. After all, when you are four years old twenty minutes is like forever.
You can probably guess what is on my agenda for today besides laundry, mopping floors and cropping photos, I will be starting the only uncompleted page. YEA!!!
Have a great weekend, all. Happy father’s day to all guys out there. Even if you are not a father, you had one.
I’ll be back in a week or two.
Thanks for stopping by,
Shari (and my little “friend” Lexi)
Anyone who has written a story knows how we can become attached to our creations. 😀
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Once again the work is going slower than I would like. But finally after three and a half weeks another page is completed. This is just a portion of the page. I’ll leave you to wonder what is going on.
A selection from page 22
I definitely will not be doing the next book with so much detail. I will be going for simple, less structured design. You may recall from a previous post that the drawings and paintings in my early books were the part I loved. I spent hours going over every detail.
My granddaughter is here tonight and she loves to sit beside me and give me lots of constructive help. She was my little girl model when I started this project and I am glad I had all the sketches done in a few weeks. She looks and acts so much older now. It is amazing how fast they change between four and almost six. She also is becoming an artist and has no limit to her questions and suggestions of what she would like better if only I would go back through and change all the pages that the better color would be on.
She also has her favorite drawings. And I printed a copy of the book with only a small portion of the drawings colorized. She loves it and has spent many hours this past year going over every single detail.
I welcome your comments.
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My favorite women’s basketball team fell hard today in the first round of the playoffs.
Becky, hot sweaty and no makeup after the game, with her beautiful mom.
Losing the game today is part of sports and does nothing to diminish all she has accomplished. Becky is still amazing and is my hero. Her mom, our daughter was instrumental into her growing into the person she is. Her mom is amazing herself and we are so proud of her as well. Those two are very close.
Becky and her younger brother spent a lot of time with us and usually got along so well, but there were times I thought they might
kill maim one another. Today I have my youngest grandchildren and they are busy fighting arguing over the iPad. History repeats.
Usually I am careful not to include any personal information, but today I have such good news to share.
You can hop over to my Totally Random Shez to read the entire post or just click on this link to meet my beautiful granddaughter Becky. I am so proud of her. She is a beautiful young woman. She is the hardest working person I know and has earned every award that comes her way. She is also sweet, funny, kind and I LOVE her!! Tons.
I feel the same way about my other grandkids, they just are not grown up yet. They will be way before I am ready.
Valentine Wishes Coming Your Way
I took a little break from illustrating and added some graphics to one of my favorite photos from last spring. Here is my Valentine for you.
Wow, I just looked at this blog and was so surprised to note I have not posted here for almost two weeks. I decided to post one of the pages I have been working on, just so you don’t think I just goof off all the time. I really do work on this.
Digital art takes so much more time than painting or colored pencil. I do love the result and the ability to “rework” something as many times as it takes before I like it. Unfortunately, there is always something to tweak and it is hard to know when it IS done.
Lexi Tries On Stuff
This is a small portion of one very busy page. This page is not quite completed. Among other things the shadows are missing. It is coming along.
Please, fellow bloggers, nag me to keep me plugging along. With so many things I love to do, it is easy to set something aside and forget about it. So crack that whip, slather on the guilt, nag, nag, nag. If you are a mother or you had one, nagging and scolding should be easy for you.
Is it done yet? Is it done yet? Is it done yet?