Friday, May 24, 2013

Rain, Rain! (And Ink)

I had a whole day's worth of outdoor tasks and chores ready for today.

I was in the midst of them when I heard thunder, which prompted me to check out the weather forecast. You know, the weather forecast I checked a million times before setting out to do all of my outdoor chores. There it was: a big ol' rainstorm on the way.

I'm not going to complain. We need the rain here in Texas. Desperately. And it saves me from having to water the garden. So, yay!

I decided to use some indoor down time to play around, art-wise. This li'l lady and her flower-brella is what came out. What can I say?  I had rain on the brain.

I reckon I was inspired in part by my first meeting with the Girllustrators on Monday...

The Girllustrators are a wonderful, warm, welcoming and especially talented group of lady illustrators and SCBWI members based here in Austin, and I am so excited to have been invited to join them!

Anyway, I had made a passing comment during our get together about how I prefer doodling with a pencil over doodling with a pen. That's when Shelley Ann Jackson said,"You should try drawing in ink. Sometimes ink is more freeing, because you can't erase it."

Thus, when the rain thwarted my outdoor plans, I set out on my doodle exercise for today. Drawing in ink. No sketches. No do-overs. Just let it roll and see what happens. Let myself be rough and scratchy and happy accident-full.

I like it, and it turns out it was freeing.

That said - Thanks, Professor Shelley!

P.S. I need to figure out a better way to hold my pen when drawing with ink. Or maybe I need a new pen.Yucko.

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Thursday, May 16, 2013

Analog Art Time

I've been hauling a huge piece of uncut illustration board around since college. It has not been very easy to keep and store.

Today, I cut it up into manageable pieces and started prepping it for some good old fashioned, non digital, analog artwork.

I kinda missed doing this (here is a look-see at what I'm working on, by the way).

I do not miss having to store a giant piece of illustration board, however.

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Saturday, May 4, 2013

May the Fourth Be With You!

I always tell myself I'll remember to make a special Star Wars post for May the Fourth. You know, because I love Star Wars, and it's kinda become requisite for Star Wars fans to do so.

And I always, without fail, end up forgetting to get one up in a timely manner. That's just how I work.

The Leia of Guadalupe sketches started out as an idea for Star Wars Day (May the Fourth), but I ended up posting it years after I originally thought of it and sketched it out. Procrastination, thy name is Alicia.

But this year, I did it! Hurrah!

I present to you my own version of Boushh Leia. Leia disguised as the bounty hunter, Boushh, was my favorite Leia version when growing up.  I used to pretend I was Leia rescuing Han from his carbonite prison, guiding him through Jabba's palace to safety because he was all blind and helpless. Everyone was threatened by my thermal detonator. It was pretty awesome.

And my Boushh Leia figure was my favorite. First off, it was mine!  Not my brothers'!* Secondly: she had a helmet. And action figures with removable helmets were the best.

So here's to Star Wars! Here's to Leia! And here's to the many merry memories this fairy tale space saga has given all of us! May the force be with you.

* I was born in 1980, so although there was Star Wars stuff present throughout my life, none of it got to be officially mine until Jedi. Before then I was stuck with playing with the toys of my older brothers.
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