Friday, May 26, 2006

Drawing Up A Storm!

No picture today. I’m busy doing more pencil work on the sketches before I meet with the author on Monday. There is supposed to be a dog character in the book, but have yet to get any reference photos, so for now I am just doodling in a big, dopey kind of spaniel/setter/lab thing. I sure hope her dog isn’t a tiny Yorkie!

The more time I spend drawing, the better “in synch” my hands feel with what my head and heart are seeing. This can get a bit rusty when you’ve been turning most things into squares for so long. What helps this time, like with the Dragon*Con portfolio pieces, is that I am working on stitching designs and drawings back and forth, so neither skill will get rusty. I’m still incredibly hard on myself and yet proud of what my hands are producing at the same time. Isn’t that the weirdest thing about being creative?

This quote I stumbled on today by accident while putting a book away sums it up very nicely:

‘Tis to create, and in creating live
A being more intense, that we endow
With what form our fancy, gaining as we give
The life we image.

-Byron

That really is the high of a creative lifestyle... that from your imagination can come ideas, designs, stories, kingdoms, adventures... the possibilities are endless!

2 comments:

Annette said...

I can't imagine either skill getting "rusty" for you!

Teresa said...

You *go*, Jen! Have a wonderfully creative weekend!