I've been trying to get some rough drafts for a friend's project done over this long weekend. It's a nice change of pace both in the fact that I'm drawing with a focus on line art and that the current work in progress is a map with highlighted details. I typically draw with a goal of adding color later, and I have never managed a map before. I like new things!
The problem is that my grand plan is not what is showing up on the paper. Instead of background shapes that only give a hint to what they are supposed to be, I've managed to draw the first background element larger and with more detail than I originally wanted. The bigger problem is that I really like how it turned out.
This is not an altogether new problem. Normally, this type of sweeping change shows up when I have taken the time and put in the effort to write an outline for a story. Somehow the characters take over and decide to act out their own plot rather than the one I told them they would be performing for future readers. I'm used to it. It even works out for the better most of the time. Just ask Clyde.
What I'm not used to is my drawing hand deciding to go a completely different direction than I had planned. Now, granted, it's always been a little hard to get along with. I told it to have Michelangelo's talent but it decided to have mine instead. I've learned to live with that and even be happy with the fact. It took a while but that is a discussion for another day. Suffice to say that me and my art now have a reasonably affectionate relationship.
And like I said, I LIKE the change to my plan that showed up on the paper yesterday. It's sort of adorable. It fits in the space well. It's nice and eye catching. It's just not what is supposed to be there so now throws other things out of balance. Art, like life, is very often about finding the right balance, so this change of plans that will affect three other pages is rather frustrating.
I'll figure it out. I'm sure of that part at least. Plus, when I do, I will most likely also learn that the solution makes the entire project go smoother. Sometimes "mistakes" are really just course corrections. The added bonus to this one is that my drawing hand gets more of a workout which can only lead to wonderful things!
On July 4th, the United States celebrates the anniversary of its official decision to become an independent nation. With this decision came a bunch of official paperwork that outlined the freedoms we have here as individual inhabitants of this great nation.
What better time to celebrate your creative freedom as an individual? And with great freedom comes great responsibility. So, wear your creativity proudly for all to see! Be a guiding light for those still trapped in the lands of "I can't."
And most of all, have a truly happy and safe 4th of July holiday and summer!
It was my original intent to leave the Kickstarts! writing workshop up on the blog indefinitely. Since I began posting, I have noticed that quite a number of people have been enjoying it. I hope you are one of them and that you shared it with all of your friends so they could get a boost to their writing lives as well.
After some thought, I have decided to see if I can reach a larger audience by adding the workshop to another website. Unfortunately, one of that website's rules is that the content can not be available for free on another platform. That poses problems for my keeping the posts here. So, I have come up with a sort of a compromise. I will be removing the workshop from the blog and re-posting it to Channillo.com where it will have the opportunity to reach members who pay a reasonably low monthly fee to read as much as they can in as many genres as they want - I hear that music is also now on Channillo's offerings as well. (No, this is not an add for the website. It is just a bit of information for you to consider.)
I will also be working on getting Kickstarts! into a handy book that will (eventually) be available in both print and e-book formats.
My hope with this change of plans is that more people who might be looking for a bit of help with a skill that they are not necessarily fond of, a nudge to start off on their writing adventure, or a little help knocking down a roadblock keeping them from their writing passion will have the opportunity to take advantage of the writing exercises.
The goal is to have all of the workshop posts removed for relocation this week. Until then, feel free to revisit them to your hearts content!
I also hope to post a new workshop for your enjoyment later this year, so keep a lookout!
Best wishes on your writing journey!
Happy June everyone! I hope yours brings you joy, laughter, and inspiration enough to keep your creative well overflowing with great new ideas! This month's newsletter has a few for you waiting inside. Enjoy!
Hello spring weather! Hello chirping birds! Hello new flowers and green grass! Goodbye winter hibernation!
If you need a little pep talk about embracing new things, growing from where you are now to where you want to be, how to maintain your creativity so it doesn't desert you when you need it most, or just what to do with all of that STUFF you've been tripping over every day for the past few months, this edition of Scribbles and Jots has what you are looking for!
And don't worry, all of your prompts, project starters, and questions to get your thinking are here, too! Enjoy!
I see that look. That look has Cabin Fever written all over it! Winter has now officially overstayed any compliments about pretty snow or sweater weather. You are now wishing you could have gone back to bed like whichever groundhog you follow for the forecast. Even hot cocoa in front of a fire has lost its charm, hasn't it? Yeah, Cabin Fever.
Now, while I can't give you sunshine, green grass, or warm breezes, I did make sure to include some ideas to help you battle back the blahs. My suggestion is to start with the one that makes you roll your eyes and say "Yeah, right. Like I'd ever do that! They'd call me crazy!" You'll know it when you see it. ~Brittney
Being a homeschooling parent for 13 years and an independent author/illustrator makes a person learn quite a bit about a lot of things. Now it's time to pass it on!