I done went and did a thing. I took one of my carving designs and turned it into a printable coloring page. I can’t remember exactly how or why I got this bright idea, all I know is that I found myself fussing at my computer for five hours trying to clean up my linework in Photoshop only to have to transfer it to Illustrator, which is a different beast altogether. It was definitely a learning experience but I think it turned out okay. The pictures above show the finished coloring page along with the original drawing and the carving I did from the drawing. Despite my fussing, knowing what I know now, there’s a good chance I may be doing a few more designs like this. 🙂
It’s not even March yet and little creatures are already making their way out of hiding. I have to admit, I’m not too fond of spiders but I have a passion for small things in Nature. Little creatures and plants that may often get over looked for bigger game, fascinate me. You should see me in the summer time, crawling around in my backyard with my camera phone (I seriously need to get a real camera) trying to snap pictures of beetles, dragonflies, bees and tiny flowers. I adore little things in Nature, so just the mere size of this creature had me snapping pictures as it crawled up my wall rather than shrieking in horror and trying to get my cat to get rid of it.
Nothing nurtures a growing soul like the gentle Unconditional love of parent to child.
I have a thing for circles. Somehow they always sneak their way into my work, so it’s apparent my creative spirit has a thing for them. Maybe it symbolizes something buried in my subconscious or is some emotional metaphor of my psyche. Who knows. I just like round things.
My current infatuation with the sphere comes from the influence of Ralph D. Scott, another pen and ink artist featured in a 1996 article in Drawing Highlights. I had never thought of framing my work in a circle until rediscovering some of Scott’s drawings. So I thought “Hmmm, I wanna try that.” And now, here I am, sketching out hummingbirds and Indian Mallow in a circle frame. If this turns out well I may start using a circle to frame and structure my drawings more often. It seems to create more of a focal point that draws you in the way that looking through a keyhole focuses your eye to a specific area.
The universe buries strange jewels deep within us all, and then stands back to see if we can find them. The hunt to uncover those jewels, that’s creative living. The courage to go on that hunt in the first place, that’s what separates a mundane existence from a more enchanted one.
~ Elizabeth Gilbert – Big Magic