Saturday, December 25, 2010

A Year of Illustration Friday: 2010

 
 
 
 
It's fun to look back and see the year as a thumbnail gallery.

IF: Winter

Ink & Watercolor
It's been too long since I've had a chance to post anything, but this Christmas afternoon I found a little bit of time for a watercolor. So here are two little wintertime visitors waiting to be invited in!--or, if they're like my niece and nephew, they just suddenly appear in the entryway. ("Oh, you're here again, are you?") :)

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

if: savour (spelled the British way)

Digital illustration
We had a houseful of guests for Thanksgiving, including several toddlers and crawlers. 
Lots of kids + lots of food = lots of food on the floor =
"Hey, what are you doing? Let me see if you have something in your mouth . . . 
. . . oh, no, you don't want to eat that!"

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

if: Sneaky

For this IF prompt, I dug into my archives for some quick sketches I did for the Swedish folk song "Nikolina". There was a sneaky couple! I remember my grandpa singing this in Swedish. The words always make me laugh--though I must quote Jane Austen:
I leave it to be settled, by whomsoever it may concern, whether the tendency of this work be altogether to recommend parental tyranny, or reward filial disobedience.
    When you're in love, you're in an awful torture,
    whoever's tried it would not disagree.
    I was so very fond of Nikolina
    and Nikolina just as fond of me.

    I asked her papa for her hand in marriage
    and got the answer in the strangest way.
    I never yet have left from any doorstep
    in such a hurry as I did that day.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

IF: Burning, among Other Things


 Illustration Friday . . .

This is my Illustration Friday entry for "Burning," illustrating something that I try to avoid burning...but sometimes I'm distractible. :) This was also my entry for They Draw and Cook, and it will be published in the TDAC cookbook!

. . . & Other Things

When I get a few sketching moments, I've been working on an illustration inspired by J.R.R. Tolkien's beautiful poem, "The Last Ship." There are still a lot of willow leaves to finish . . . and sketching has been a bit slower because I've also been working on . . . 


. . . a new 18" doll dress pattern, inspired by the "Hooverette" house dresses of the 1930s, now available for download at my sewing pattern site, Hint of History.

And . . .
If you love golden age illustrations like I do, here's a link to the online book Old French Fairy Tales, with high-resolution illustrations by Virginia Frances Sterrett.