When my eldest daughter Daisy was one, I bought a Charlie Harper puzzle for her (who are we kidding….. for me) from a local craft market. I saw us playing with it together on the floor, learning letters…appreciating the gorgeous images…bonding.
5 years on and I am yet to allow her to even touch it such is my love of Mr Harper’s beautiful images. BAD MUMMMY!!!!!
In my defence, just after her 1st birthday, she did eat her board book copy of The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Leaving only the front cover! Eric Carle forgive her…she knew not what she did. I dread to think what her younger and crazier sister would do!
And so the puzzle sits on top of the bookshelf in our lounge room…safely boxed and out of reach from sticky fingers but still visible. I get it down from time to time and just admire the colours, the lines, the gorgeousness. I think I may need to buy a second version and let my girls loose on it.
I love Photoshop. No surprise there.
The problem is… I seem to just use the tools I am comfortable with which probably only scratches the surface of what I could do.
To rectify this I have been playing around with textures, brushes and layer effects. Lots of fun and can turn a scrappy little doodle I did into something way more interesting.
Newly inspired by Rebecca Cool I’ve been playing around with a new style in the view to doing a large artwork for my hallway. I have never used acrylics so I might try to create a more colourful version digitally first to get the colours right..then have a crack on a larger scale.
I think it is no secret among my nearest and dearest that I have a small weakness for Pinterest. It has not taken over my life completely……..YET…. but in the near future I may need a 12 step program. Today’s discovery…Rebecca Cool…Artist, Illustrator and Queen of Colour. There is nothing I dislike about her work apart from the fact I don’t own any. Newly inspired I was slaving over a sketchbook today and will upload the results tomorrow.
I recently joined an online group challenge…’Doodle Day May’ I came across Alison Hertz blog…well I can’t remember how but I did..and it was just the push I needed.
Each day Alison uploads a Drawing Prompt word and then you’re off. http://alisonhertz.blogspot.com.au/2013/05/doodle-day-may-day-1.html
My favourite so far has been DAY 10 –Draw One-Continuous-Line. Something I would never think to do but becomes quite addictive.
Been a while since I last posted….seems like all my recent posts start off this way…but although I have been quiet in my blogging life I have been busy, busy in my actual life.
School holidays, 6th birthday parties, family houseguest, sightseeing…both online and in real life.
Most of my online sightseeing has focused on my favourite illustrators websites and eStores gaining inspiration. My most very, very favourite is fellow WordPress Blogger Doodlemum.
I loooove everything about her work…subject, style, method.
Inspired by her, I took myself off to the local artshop and spent my precious, weekly takeaway coffee budget on some posh markers. I’ve never actually used them before so my efforts are a bit hit and miss but I like using them nonetheless. Most of my recent doodles have been handcoloured rather than my usual digital method…hope you enjoy the results over the next few posts….Oh and once again..Doodlemum…You Rock!