Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Feb 2: On track. Writing & Learning


Finished the #Storystorm Challenge (It used to be PiBoIdMo in February.) Complied 31 ideas for picture book manuscripts. But the best thing was lighting up my brain to hone in on generating ideas. I wish I was disciplined enough to do it every month.  I was so excited about one idea that I wrote the first draft and polished it enough to take to critique group in February.  The remaining ideas on my list will either grow into stories or remain in the file until they fade away. It's been a great exercise to get ideas flowing in the new year.


My digital explorations have had high and low points. I've kept up with the 52 Week Illustration Challenge, (on Facebook), working from prompts to create an illustration every week. I posted five.

 I've also been experimenting with images using painted patterns created at the studio. However, I've focused so much on experimentation, I've fallen short on the "storytelling aspects" of my images. Hopefully one day I'll get it all together.

The first five images here are from prompts provided by the 52 Week Challenge:

Colored version of Feathers
Tribute to A Snowy Day by Jack Ezra Keats

                                                                                             The                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Most of the following images began as painted papers, or photos of fabrics, cut into clothing shapes and built around the costume. I repeated some of the elements from the images above in illustrations below. Hint: Bricks, dog 
Asian Woman
The following group of images were built around painted patterns, or photographs of fabrics, digitally cut into articles of clothing. The figures and backgrounds were then added.

Island woman

Vacation in Lascaux
It's Fall
Winter Conversation
The Soloist
Man on the Street
Man and Dog