Practice might make perfect, maybe?

For fun, and because I think it’s about time to start building up a bit of a folio, I am doing some painting…and I am loving it! (I was up until 1am painting, which is quite something given that those big painful jaw stretching yawns usually start to happen at around 10pm).

Once the illustrations were done, the graphic designer in me immediately wanted to slap some type over them so, I obliged her, because after all, this folio is supposed to look like I’d be good at children’s books, right?


The Wizard of Oz.

Glinda with hand written type…

Glinda, the illustration…



Dorothy with hand written type. Now, the illustration was too big for my scanner so I’ve had to scan it in pieces and match it all together in Photoshop, it’s a quick job, not an excellent job – don’t look too closely.

Dorothy, the illustration…

I don’t know if you can tell, but all the flowers have been painted separately and stuck on…

Tonight, if I haven’t fallen asleep by 9, I might get the Wicked Witch done.
Here she is in pencil…

This is the first time since getting my new lightbox for Christmas that I’ve started using it and its been SWELL! I don’t know how I lived without it before, to be honest.

10 thoughts on “Practice might make perfect, maybe?

  1. Love the illustrations! Have been scouring for a lightbox as well. Which do you use? The one I’ve seen uses LED and from what I understood, has only X-thousand of hours in its capacity, and is a non-replaceable light source?

    • Thanks! Mine is an Artograph light pad, so its nice and flat. I’m guessing its LED as I can’t see where you might change a bulb (?) but its pretty fantastic, and really, x thousands of hours drawing is A LOT of hours!!

      • Heehee. Okay, you’re right. I just couldn’t comprehend lifespan in hours and translating that in days (or years). Been contemplating the same one for a year, as an illustrator friend highly recommends using one. Thanks for the tip šŸ™‚

      • Go for it! I don’t know how you’re doing it now but I used to hold my papers up against a window for tracing and it sure beats that! No more aching arms!

      • Uhm. I don’t even do that. I continue to struggle to copy freehand, resulting in a lot of internal confusion, hair-pulling and messy paper. The only time I improvised a light box was for a print, using the sketch and linoleum over an Ikea box lamp, which was turns quite hot šŸ˜®

      • In that case then RUN! RUN to your nearest art supply store and get yourself a lightbox! Save your hair.

      • Trust me. I SHALL! I just needed to hear the feedback of someone who uses the very same kind. This is very helpful advice, really. Thanks so much šŸ™‚ As it is, your folio is already awesome.

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