Thursday, September 29, 2016

Drawing Lessons: What will be taught?

This first 8 week course I will be covering the foundational principles of drawing. The very first lesson I'll be teaching you child about one point perspective. I'll teach them how to draw a landscape similar to this.
 They will learn how to make regular intervals going back in space. Then after the have completed this task, I will teach them how to draw a room such as the one of the bellow drawings.
If your 10-18 year old is ready to take their drawing skills to the next level, sign them up today. Lessons start on October 6th!

I'm looking forward to shaping your child's talents and watch them grow with their art skills!

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Drawing Lessons

I have thought about giving art lessons for some time. I've had all kinds of excuses why not to do it, like my own projects, being a mom, and nervous that I won't be a good teacher. But I do have knowledge that others may find useful. Perhaps it's time to impart some of what I know to others.

I will be teaching basic drawing techniques. This is not an art class that explores personal creativity. This is for those who want to improve upon their drawing skills.

Students must have an appetite to learn and are willing to listen. I will require the students to bring their own art supplies. For this course kids will only need pencils and paper. I will be specifying exactly the kind they should get.

There is space for six students. They must be between the ages of 10-18. The class will be held Thursday afternoon from 4:00-6:00. The cost is $20/class.

The course will be 8 weeks. I will offer two options for a discount. Either a student can spend an hour performing service for someone outside their family (there will be accountability.) Or you can pay for the full eight weeks up front. The discount is $5 off per class. The one hour of service will have to be performed every week you'd like the discount.

I'm excited to help young minds learn to draw more effectively. I can also help students who are working on their Reflections Projects. But the focus of each class will be to learn the foundation of drawing.


Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Text and paper design

Follow the link bellow to view examples of text design.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

I Love God

I have been meaning to make this blog post for quite some time, but I've not been sure what to write about. I know the gist of it. How I feel God's love on a daily basis, but I kept trying to figure out how to tie it in with my art.

I've put it off long enough that I'm not going to bother trying to make an art connection.  I'm going to go ahead and write the blog post.

My greatest fault is that of inaction. I've felt a pull from the Divine that I need to do this (write my feelings about God so as to be a light.) I need to do more to share my testimony. But I have hidden that light under a bushel. And that's not doing anyone any good including me. I admit I have hesitated to testify on my blog, but I'm casting my fear aside and I'm diving head in.

I haven't always been in a position where I could feel God's love every day. And it wasn't because I was rebellious. I fulfilled every church calling I had. I prayed daily. I wasn't completely devoid of the spirit of God either. I know that even during my times of trail and doubt I would receive small blessings from Him and I'd feel His love.

There was a time in my life when I was a new mother that I had a pretty major crisis of faith which I will make a specific blog post about later. But through trusting in God and trusting that the things He had already shown me were good, I came through that trial with greater faith and greater humility.

You know, testifying can be a death sentence to a career. I'm sure many people are turned off by just mentioning God. But I've decided that there are things far greater and far more important than my aspirations. And I am willing to do what God wants me to do. So, if this can spark faith in just one person, even if that means I don't do another commissioned illustration in my life (that's exaggerating. I don't think that will happen) but if it does, I am at peace with it. And I will glory in my God. 

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

SCBWI Summer Social

Hey, Y'all!
Its that time of year again! Time for good food and socializing. This year our summer social will be held at the Discovery Park west Pavilion in Pleasant Grove.

Come this July 15th at 6:00 PM for some excellent food and even better conversation!

Monday, May 16, 2016

Kimberly Meade Anderson

Back during my college days I shared a studio space with four amazing women one of whom was Kim Meade.

She has created her own art school and is teaching youngsters how to draw and paint. She also has a blog where she interviews various artists about their life and career.

I feel honored that she asked me to participate on her blog. Go here to check out the interview.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

SCBWI Conference with Will Terry

I wanted to get this post out last week. Unfortunately, my youngest was sick with the flu. He was miserable for several days, so this post got put on the back burner. But today is a new day! And he is doing very well. And I can finally do this post.
I've always felt inspired by Will Terry. He's dedicated to his craft. He rose from the bottom of his college classes to become one of today's top children's illustrators. And probably the thing that I love best about him is the way he has adapted to new technologies and social media.

He's not the kind of person that sits around and waits for good things to happen to him. He goes out and makes things happen for him.

I was surprised by Will Terry's lesson at Saturday's Utah/Southern Idaho SCBWI Conference. He taught about design and composition.

Often times when I go to a conference and the speaker starts talking technique, my eyes glaze over, my mind wonders. I tune out. Not because I think I know better. I don't. But because I've heard it dozens perhaps hundreds of times before. Also, I am at a level in my art where I've moved on from a basic understanding of drawing and composition.

But Will's lesson was different for me. He showed us various illustrations, from amateurs to professionals. He showed the difference in the way a professional place objects and compose their pictures compared to an amateur. I noticed that I often times compose my illustrations in a very basic way.

I took one of my latest illustrations and tweaked the composition. Here is the result.
This is what I had before the Conference. Even then I knew I had to make some changes. So, before even listening to Will's talk this is what I did to the image. I wanted this one in my portfolio so, I made some adjustments.

 You can see that I added buildings to the background. I made the robot suit more interesting, and I changed the color to my foreground character.

In Will's presentation he talked about size and the difference between what someone with a lot of experience does with big/medium/large objects in a picture frame. As I listened I realized that this picture that I had just finished for my portfolio was not good enough. I needed to make my foreground character much bigger. I also realized that there needed to be more things in the middle ground.

He also talked about contrast. Again I realized that my foreground character just kind of faded into the buildings. When I stood back from this illustration and squinted my eyes, he just kind of disappeared. 

So, here are the changes I've made thanks to Will. (Thanks a lot Will.)