Dog Walking, 2020
Yesterday when I had Idina and Fiyero out for a walk I saw someone coming towards me with their dog. I changed directions and took a side street. Sure, it might have been OK, but Idina sometimes acts like a mad thing, particularly if the other dog is a female. But as I walked the other way, I started to think about Social Isolation and its effects on dog walking in 2020. I hope you got a smile from this little cartoon :)
(Note – I just posted a slightly tweaked version of the cartoon)
There once was a time when I used to put up a hand-drawn picture at least once a week. I’d like to start drawing again, but it is time consuming. As motivation, I’ll post some of my favorite art work, including those I did for The Halley Branch and The Fireborn.
Click on an image for detail. When it is pulled up, you can scroll through them. Continue reading
Yesterday I posted the cover for The Halley Branch. Today I want to say a few things about it.
Several months ago I asked some people how early they do a cover reveal. i was very surprised that most said 4 to 6 months. I had someone say their publishing company did the reveal before the book was even finished! So now that it is out there, I can use the image when I talk about it.
Some of you read the rough draft of the book when I posted it as a serial. Do you recognize this image? Continue reading
Last Summer I thought I’d have my short story book out by early Autumn. I had some beta readers going over it, I’d done some brainstorming with a few people and came up with Seasons of Imagination as a title. All I needed was a cover.
I sat down and did a couple of quick sketches. I liked one idea and decided to draw it out to see how it looked. Over a weekend down on Cape Cod I got out some drawing pens and did a more complete drawing. Here is a phone photo – yeah, the light was bad and such, but you should be able to see the basic design. Continue reading
Weekly Smile #WeeklySmile
A year ago I started working on a logo for my new blogging project, The Weekly Smile. My first idea was, well, I didn’t like it. So I simplified and tried again. There was just something intangible about the second one that left me feeling like perhaps it wasn’t quite right. I was shooting for an old fashioned, Art Nouveau feel, but it seemed a little, well, I don’t know. I liked it, and yet there was something. So I posted it and asked about it. This isn’t the first version I posted, but is a slightly edited version of it (it is the same drawing, but this isn’t as soft and “feminine”). Continue reading
Years ago I had decided that I was going to become an artist. Continue reading
If you’ve followed my blog for any length of time you’ve seen at least one post about my favorite city, Paris. I’ve been there three times and have been in the city perhaps 20 to 25 days total. The second time I was there I did some sketching. It was fun to carry a sketch book around and just doodle. I spent a lot of time drawing the rose windows of Notre Dame. I filled pages of studies, but of course I can’t find them. But then there is this sketch. This is a study based on those original sketches plus a photo I took for reference. I was planning a large scale very detailed drawing, but never got past this quick pencil sketch. (I obviously didn’t use a straight edge for this sketch!)
I hope you enjoyed this bit of hand-drawn Paris!
I’m getting ready for my first weekly smile! Are you? I decided I need a logo, sticker, graphic or something similar to go with it. I did some sketching and this is my favorite so far. What do you think? Note – what you see above is NOT what was first there, I changed it. I think this version works better.
Here is the original “Bold” version. It still looks a little too, well, i like the top version better for this project…
Weekly Smile #WeeklySmile
I just put this up – it isn’t colorized as well as the others, but I want you to look at the design.:
(I just removed this one. It isn’t X-Rated ;) but it is very very ugly and even if you like it, I don’t. I’m leaving this placeholder up since i told a few people to look)
I poked my head into the sunroom. The wet,miserable day visible out of the large windows gave lie to name of the room. It had been raining nonstop since early morning.
Idina looked over and wagged her tail. She was perched on a chair next to the sliding door. All morning she stared out of the window. Occasionally she barked, but by the time I got into the room she would be calm again, looking at me happily, wagging away. Continue reading
(Note – This was originally posted on January 15, 2014 and has been reposted twice before. Yes, it is an old standby, but I like it ;) I’m sorry if you’ve read it too many times. If you haven’t read it before, I hope you enjoy!)
I’ve participated in many of the arts and have had formal instruction in a few. I’ll admit that I’ve discovered a problem with trying to be a Jack of All Artistic Trades: it’s very easy to fall into the trap of Being a Master at None. Continue reading