Saturday, July 24, 2021

Trapper keepers! Baby Ballet. Taos and more!


Well it's almost that time again. The school supplies are out. And for all you 80's and 90's kids, mead has released new Trapper Keepers! There are also Lisa Frank folders too. I kinda wish there were some rainbow hearts/cute animals/balloons designs for the trapper keepers but my guess is that these will come back again. 

Over on Illustrative Flair, James Burke is back with another incredible lesson. Baby Ballet. I just completed the lesson this morning. It's so rich with design and he truly breaks it down into simple shapes and walks us through each stage. I love his that he is a dancer and could give us all the nuances of how lighting works on stage.

*this is what I created from the class. The subtle, delicate lighting. I'm in love and can't wait to explore these darling babies in more poses. I stuck straight to the step by step so this is a "Master Copy" of what James created. My tool belt has expanded and each time I do a lesson with James, I feel my artistry grow. 

For back to school time, I was inspired to create my own glue bottle sticker. I remember loving to cover my hands in glue and letting it dry only to have the satisfaction of peeling it off. Please tell me I'm not the only one. The glue with the brush in a bottle was my absolute favorite. It smelled amazing and I think it's called rubber cement. I looked it up and was trying to figure out what the difference was, and it looks like it is a stronger form of glue mainly for gluing down pictures and such.

This is Ginny. She went through many stages. The face came easy. It's the body that took some time and direction. 

I started with her hand in the motion to hold something and also wearing pants. It just wasn't working and it felt tight and I was thinking too much. When that happens, I simply swipe paint with a wedge*over the areas I don't like and revisit it later.
Then I saw a very Taos, NM vibe....and went with the long flowy outfit above. ps. I only have a few spots left open for my in-person workshop in October. I would love to have you join me and the amazing group of kindreds we have at Mabel's.

here I didn't know where to go and I was having major issues with her hands. hands are hard!

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