When I sat at my computer, staring at my manuscript for the umpteenth time, there was a part that would still hold me up every time I’d read it. It was in the first couple chapters and it slowed down the flow of the story to little more than a crawl. I had to find a way to jump my readers into the story so they’d make it past those first pages, or I’d lose them right at the start.
Re-Learning and Perfecting a New Medium (Part Two)
In case you forgot, here is the the photo from Part 1 of this Watercolor series, my epic fail to success #1 illustration. Let’s first make a list of where I went wrong:
Hands and feet have always been my enemies, when it comes to drawing. I saw a post by a fellow illustrator (alias: Muffin Girl) years ago, that mentioned the very same thing. Her illustration included her trademark character, Muffin Girl, getting a piggy-back ride on the back of a human girl’s shoulders. As you can see, the girl’s arms are splayed out to the sides, hands off the page entirely.
I have been toying around with the idea of creating an Ink & Stitches logo for awhile now. In addition to my blog, I am starting an Etsy store called: InkAndStitchesArt. This shop (which is on vacation status at the moment until the listings are ready to go) will include: amigurumi patterns, occasional finished amigurumi, prints of some of my illustrations, stamps, and stickers as well. I am also readying an Ink & Stitches YouTube Channel, that will teach viewers how to crochet, but more specifically, how to crochet amigurumi.
For the entire month of April, I am taking up fellow blogger, Arlee Bird‘s challenge to post a new blog post each day (except for Sundays: the day to rest my typing fingers). For her challenge, bloggers are invited to create a theme for their posts or just post at random. The one rule is that each day’s post pertains to something that starts with a letter of the alphabet. There are 26 days in the challenge and as many letters in the alphabet. Day one will be to write on a topic beginning with the letter “A”, and so on.
This week has all been a bit of a blur. The time change threw me for a loop for two reasons: (1) Even though I’d been reminded about it by my mom several times, I still managed to forget last night that I was losing an hour; and (2) I was so excited about the new Gallery I’m putting together for my website and blog, that I stayed up until 1:00am (really 2:00am with the time change) to work on it!
Let me just start off by saying, I love watercolor, especially when it comes to illustration. It is, however, often described as being perhaps the most difficult and unforgiving of mediums to work with.
When I begin an illustration, more often than not, I have no idea where the pencil will take me. I look at the grooves in the paper and let my mind wander a bit, seeing if a character may take shape there alongside the shadows on the page.