I like to draw my own greeting cards, and I occasionally practise my handlettering. This was for a dear friend, and I took a quick picture with my digital camera to show you. What do you think? I’ve designed some cards– not just like this, but in the same style– that, Lord willing, I’ll be selling in the next few months. And that excites me!
Or, the Storye of the Bisy Bushpig
One day, the Industrious Hedgehog was sweeping his front porch with a broom made of thistle down, when the wind blew a friendly gust at him, cheerfully scattering the dust back over the path he had just finished cleaning. As he picked himself up from the hedgerow and dusted the leaves off of his trousers, he noticed a small bunch of field-daisies nodding their heads at him as if they were laughing. So he carefully– oh! so carefully!– plucked them to take to his good friend, little Annie Mouse (whom you have not yet met).
He carefully dressed himself in his finest sailor-suit (the one that his aunt Bertha had given him, with the blue knots on the collar), being very particular not to catch it on his prickles. Then he trotted down the lane to the little hole in the old stone wall where little Annie Mouse lived.
And we must end the story here, dear reader, for Annie Mouse has not been drawn, and we don’t want to spoil it just yet– do we?
These sketches were done in pen-and-ink over pencil.
In the past several months I have made the decision to pursue illustration (children’s books, specifically). And now I am practicing. Since, some months ago, I began a portrait of my great-great grandfather (a soldier in World War 1), I decided to practice on that….but I didn’t know how to do his eyes. So I tackled eyes. Here are my two first attempts.
(That wasn’t a question.)
For some reason WordPress won’t make the pictures any bigger, so click on ’em to see the full resolution.
The picture of Shelby’s eyes took me…oh, I don’t know, several days at least of working on them on and off. The finishing touches of trying to get the drawing to look like her were the most difficult.
After I finished Shelby, I started in on the other random eye photos I’d printed out. Here’s the second drawing and it’s base photo:
This one is more sketchy, not quite so well blended as the first drawing. But I’m quite happy with it! I find that drawing portraits like these come easily to me– my challenge is drawing more whimsical ‘illustration-like’ sketches. So now I’m teaching myself to do that. I’m very, very excited! Photos to come….soon, I hope!
I am intending to join the ranks of young artists who seek to reform the genre of children’s literature into well-made, wholesome and purposeful material. My art will reflect order and domestic beauty, joy and practicality. I hope to become accomplished in black and white as well as watercolor, filling my art with glowing realism, but still maintaining a simple whimsy to attract all ages.
While illustration is my main intent, I hope to ‘start out’ by selling frameable art prints and perhaps greeting cards with my work on them, to get my name out. I have not yet decided to keep “Dolly Madison Designs” as a brand name, though….. Hmm. I shall have to consider that one.
In the meantime, if you have an inclination to see the artists whose styles I admire, visit my Pinterest board “Scribbles“! Just looking at it makes me giddy. 😀
And the adventure of art begins!