Friday, November 22, 2013

Illustration Friday!

Yep!  It's Friday again!  Whew!  What a week.  So nice to sit in my studio and think creatively after the hustle and bustle of a busy week with family and work:)  This week's topic for Illustration Friday is tail.  It made me think of the little mouse I developed by the name of Courage.  He is an adventurous little mouse who is always looking for some new to do.  I created him a few summers ago after I was inspired by a wordless picture book I bought.

I loved the artwork and the illustrator's ability to tell a complete story without any words.  I wanted to try my hand at it.  I decided to create a character who could easily travel the world without needing airplanes, cars, boats or trains.  That meant he had to be small, so a mouse.  How could a mouse travel easily?  Well, what if he grabbed a leaf and used it as a parachute that could catch the wind and lift him up?  Voila!  Courage was born:)   I envision Courage using his leaf to take him to far away places where he can see new things and meet new people.  Places like San Francisco, NYC, Paris, London, Egypt, Africa, New Zealand, Patagonia and the Himalayas.  Some places I have been, others I want to go to.  I could research this places and have Courage see the sites for me either high above from his leaf or on the ground.  The ideas are so vivid in my mind, I just need to get to it and create the art to show it all!  In the meantime….here is Courage!

Friday, November 8, 2013

Illustration Friday! - Secret

It's Friday again!  Best day of the week!  That means it's time for Illustration Friday!  This week's topic is "secret".   My illustration this week is a little autobiographical…it represents the two worlds of my art life.  I'm a little bit of a split personality and can't decide which type of art I like best.  I liked the idea of two doors representing that decision and having each door allude to what might lie behind.  One door is labeled Fine Art and it looks like a clean gallery entrance.  It is sophisticated and refined and is minimalist in it's presence.  The other door is labeled Illustration and it looks much more interesting!  It has doodles and drawings and is littered with signs.  It even has a top secret sign on the door!  Which door would you choose?