Sorry this is short but I don't have much time for more posts today.
Monday, August 27, 2007
Thursday, August 23, 2007
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
Is it just me or do drawings of octopuses look much cuter than the real thing? :)
Thursday, August 16, 2007
There is no way I can show you my college work since it was not online and is too hard to scan, but I can give you a link to view my online work. :) Just click the link below and it should take you there. *Note: the link will open in adobe.*
Also note that my art are the 2 signed, Mindy Lou Hagan. The new issue should be coming out soon, and if so, I'll try to post it on here as well, since you don't have to pay to see it.
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
However, it seems like a good header, so I thought I would share it at the top this time. I hope you guys like it! :)
So, I thought over the weekend that this would suit us quite nicely. I have a story in mind for this picture, but have yet to put any of it on paper. I guess I'm still working out the kinks. :)
If anyone else is looking for their prince charmings, always remember that they'll be in the last place you look. And don't forget those swamps! Even in the least likely of places there are treasures! Lol! :)
Monday, August 13, 2007
I also will paint the background, since paint creates a nice, clean background picture (unlike my former medium of markers and colored pencils). Then, once everything is dry, I use just regular school glue (usually Elmers) and glue down everything where I think it looks best. Usually by now I have a picture in my head of what I plan to create.
Once I have everything glued down, I usually sign the picture and that's about it, unless I feel that I can do more with it later, at which point I will save it and finish it at another time. However, I've come to find that the paper still curls once the paint is dry, so I will usually press my work between some thick books, or find a way to make the picture stay flat again. So far, this hasn't been too much of a problem. I hope it never will be.
The reason I refer to this as my "Scrapbooking" technique, is because it reminds me of how people create scrapbook pages. (That and the fact that I also used scrapbook sheets as some of the backgrounds for my work.) There are raised pictures on quite a few of my new works and they have things glued to them, rather than painted or drawn directly on them. Plus, I have found that I like the mixed media look and have put other things on my work as well, such as buttons and string. It's all quite exciting finding out that there is more than one world of art out there. Now I know that I can create so many more things and actually achieve the look and style that I crave. The winter cabin picture below is a great example of that. I love that picture because it is 3-d ish and looks exactly how I would imagine my art to look like. It has that 'cartoonish' feel to it. I just love that! :)
If you have any questions or suggestions about what I do, feel free to leave me a comment. I enjoy the feedback and help! :) And if you haven't tried any new art techniques, I definately think it's something you should do. Even if you're not good at another medium, it helps you learn some techniques you can use in the one you like and you'd be surprised at some of the things you can create. On top of all that, it's just plain fun! :D
This other one that I did is more summery. :) It's supposed to be a bird flying over a tree and house. I've had the bird for awhile, I just didn't know where to put him.
You know what's funny is that I keep having to tell myself that this is something I can do. It's not really that I don't want to do it, it's just that I keep thinking that maybe I can't. Maybe that I won't be as good as all of those other professional illustrators out there. Maybe I won't ever have any books or art published with my work in them. Maybe I'm not as good as an artist as I thought.
And perhaps I'm not. But I'll never know if I don't try. So if anyone else out there is having the same thoughts, just remember that you can do anything you put your mind to. I know there are other famous illustrators and artists out there who never had an ounce of education, so there's hope for me, too. :) Maybe one day I'll have my work published and it will be the number one best seller of all time. LOL! Here's to hoping!
Thursday, August 9, 2007
For now, I think this will do to let people know that I'm an artist and that I want to be a children's book illustrator.
If you would like to see more of my work, let me know. Now, about me, there's really not much to say. I enjoy spending time with my family and I love art! I love creating art more than anything. :) It's so much fun to get lost in my own world and to create a world of my own. So far, I don't have any formal art training or education, but neither did Mary Engelbreit, and look at her!