Handlettering Revisited

It was while planning this project some time was spent considering hand lettering; an idea that was dropped because it wasn’t apparent that I would be able to do that type of fine work without considerable practice when I broke my forearm. Thankfully in the last four months things have changed and I am currently revisiting that decision.

To be honest, the idea of making more of it by hand, instead of using so much computer programming seems far more appealing. So in addition to learning a bit more about painting with acrylics, add working on lettering. (My mind might change again before the final galley.)

This is a labor of love. As much as I want to finish it quickly, and still put forth my best effort, I have found myself outside my comfort zone. Invading skills that others I admire have is a bit awkward. They have studied and accomplished abilities that are far and above necessary for this project; I have doubts as to how much of what I have learned will ever be used again. My appreciation for their talents has increased and that will remain even if I never take up another brush or sketch pad again.

Something that has come through to me this last year is that no one has to be exactly like anyone else. Every piece of art has the right to have appreciation, even if the only admiration we can muster is appreciating the effort that has gone into the creation. We aren’t all going to like every painting. Not everything will speak to everyone.

There are beloved writers that just don’t make me devour their words- while others I can’t find enough by them to read to satisfaction. My favorite writers someone else just might not like at all. We all have preferences.

My preferences are priority in my own writing, and as I move forward with illustrations, that too is heavy handed with my likes. Even if sometimes I struggle to try to create images on paper that are merely ideas in my head, I want everyone to like what I do, but that is not how this works.

Remember that your best may sometimes be considered less than by others and not let it get to you. That is a tough lesson, I am still learning it.

Practice Makes Perfect

Looking back over some sketches I did while waiting at various places. Some are not bad at all. Deciding how to incorporate those images and finding the best ones for the story at hand is above my skill level at present. This is proving to take more time than I realized.

Children faces aren’t easy. Found some that were done while practicing new techniques during a picture book course. Very pleased then, and now with some of them. Whether or not I can produce better will be determined in the coming weeks, so it maybe a mishmash of old and new sketches that are pulled together to complete the story.

Taking pictures of the sketches I like before I begin painting or should I say attempting to paint incase they don’t turn out well. That way the decent sketches can be used as a back up plan or even maybe try computer generation coloring. It really boils down to what appeals to me.

This is hard and sometimes I want to quit or postpone my project. I have accomplished far more than I thought was possible. In a couple of weeks coloring the illustrations will start. Practicing with paint mixing and using the brushes is my secondary task each day now.

My respect for artists who can create the images in their minds for us all to view on canvas and paper has grown tremendously. They are amazing. Now, looking at real art, my response is, “WOW!”


So I am working on this drawing course, Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain (http://drawright.com). I bought the book, dvd, and the supplies because for me it was just easier.

I have to tell you, I have been shocked at what I have accomplished thus far. I am no where near all the way through the book or dvd. I had to stop to take care of administrative duties and to complete a project on deadline. However, I have resumed and will be completed in the next few days if I am not already by the time this post goes live.

Here I share with you a couple of the photos of what I have done. (See picture file to upload.) This is outside my comfort zone. I am growing!img_9913img_9895 img_9894img_9143


What are you doing between Christmas and New Years? Myself? I am working on catching up those things which will make 2017 easier. Specifically, I am working on my drawing skills.  I picked up Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain by Betty Edwards. This is a part of my effort to create better illustrations for the picture books for grandchildren.

Not only did I purchase the book at Norfolk’s Prince Books, but I also ordered the portfolio with all the equipment (a list of these items and instructions on creating them exist in the book) through the DrawRight website. After reading the introduction and first two chapters, I decided that ordering the portfolio would save me time and be worth the money for me considering the book and exercises were starting about Thanksgiving and into Christmas.

Here it is after and I am only in the sixth chapter of the twelve contained in the book. I am letting the information seep, in as well as making time to execute the exercises and watch the video that came with the drawing materials. I still plan on starting work on the BD picture book the first week in January. I have the pagination worked out and a concept of the illustrations. Now I have to do some price checking to decide the size of the book.

Why is that important? First, I want it affordable. Second, I need to know final size so that I can discern the size of the original illustrations. There is a ratio that makes mistakes seemingly disappear when reduced.   There will be mistakes, with me being an amateur artist. (That there is an enormous stretch of the word artist).

Here is a sharing of the doodling thus far. I have to admit, I am rather impressed with the method.



This was an upside down drawn copy. Issues with perspective of proportion.                                                                      


Second attempt at upside down drawn copy. Slight improvement on proportion and relationship.


Using View Pane to drawn hand.


Up close of copy of View Pane drawn hand.