Starting to get the hang of this app... Have been busy visiting family and friends for the Holidays. Hope to finish up more sketches later this week. Happy Holidays! - Posted using BlogPress from my iPad
This was my entry this year to the Tomie dePaola competition. Such a great experience and practice to take words and turn it into pictures. As I read through the book, vintage images popped into my mind, but on page 222 at the beginning of chapter 24 this part of the story started to melt my heart. Right before they go on the hunt for the wolves, this tender moment takes place (sort of) between Jody and his mom. She is not very warm towards him usually because of the loss of her other children & her fear that harm will come to him if she cares for him. You can tell here though, that she loves him and it shows.
A little later in the story her feelings really come out but this moment in the story filled my mind with an image that I could see in great detail...
I imagined standing outside the window peeking in. It was still dark early in the morning & the air felt crisp & still. You could see the crackling fire and the boy slowly approaching his mother cautiously. As it states in the story she tolerated him a moment before pushing him away. But before that moment she probably could feel his love in his ginger touch and the way he got close to warm his hands under her coat. How could any mother push their son away? I can also understand how she might have felt, as a mother not ever wanting anything bad to ever happen to your children. I guess back then emotions were not expressed as much and pride was too strong to admit when people were wrong. Regardless this moment that was squeezed into a small paragraph seemed so powerful I had to illustrate it!
You can see all of the amazing entries that were submitted to the unofficial gallery. CLICK HERE >>> I know a few others who submitted to the contest that are not on the gallery site. Everyone really put in a lot of hard work and should be so proud! I look forward to meeting some of those talented people at the conference in February!
It has been one crazy week. A little burned out from the Tomie dePaola entry that I finished up on Monday. So I took a little break from the tablet this week. Here were a couple of loose sketches from my sketchbook. Also it has been a busy work week so it was nice to get away from the computer for a couple of days.
Then today's event in CT left everyone pretty numb. Our hearts are with those families and the fire fighters and everyone who had to be around that horrific scene today. Can't even begin to imaging the pain they are going through. They are in our thoughts and prayers!
Playing catch up after finishing up the Tomie dePaola entry on Monday. The last 14 straight hours burned me out for a couple of days, but now I'm finishing up a few sketches that I started on Monday night. #10 is a group of jolly carolers.
We were supposed to have a wonderful Raclette Dinner party and game night, but the entire house was blessed with the stomach bug. My husband and I were feeling a little better this evening so we enjoyed a nice Swiss meal. This doodle was inspired by Christmas in Switzerland.
Not much time to doodle tonight. Had to help the oldest child's school assemble over 200 gingerbread houses for the classes to decorate tomorrow. But here's my moose who has finished Christmas shopping, decorated the tree and has time to relax and take a break. I envy that moose :)
This little image popped into my head today. Pinecones have always reminded me of Hedgehogs. We have a few on the mantel & I keep thinking they are little hedgehog figurines. It's funny where inspiration can come from!
More holidays on the brain after finishing the tree a couple of days ago. Our 2 year old is fascinated with the ornaments that play music. Most are fragile, and he has broken three already. Wish there was a Christmas ball that was tough enough for a toddler but still looked nice on a tree...
Have been a little busy this weekend with Birthday celebrating, but had a few minutes to doodle a little. Day one was my birthday and every year my Grandmother calls and sings Happy Birthday. I starting thinking about what a simple woman she is and how a cup of tea & some toast is all she needs in life! The first doodle is a memory of how simple her purse was too. She still carries with her: pink lipstick, wet ones, a little comb, some square shaped gum (that has juice inside) and sometimes she has a bottle of water. These images will forever be etched in my brain! Love her so much.
Today I was practicing creating characters from random lines or squiggles. Since its almost Christmas and Easter products should start showing up on store shelves soon, it seemed appropriate to pick this doodle of the bunch to share.