It's been a little bit since I last posted, but, there is good reason. Life is happening!
A little by little, the world is starting to wake up from it's sleepy, sheltered year that was 2020. My world is no different. At the end of December, I was called back to the work place from the comfort of working remotely. To add to that, a little over a month ago, I went from a part-time position working 29 hours a week to a new full-time position working 40 hours a week. With the new position and longer work hours, came new job skills to learn and different job functions in addition to what I was currently doing. So, needless to say, time management is a bit of work when trying to juggle your daily, real-life chores, work, family life, and trying to find a little time to squeeze in some creativity to feed your soul at the end of the day. Honestly, most days, it feels like there is not a lot of time to accomplish anything.
As a result, I have had to improvise. How might you ask? By way of daydreaming and an iPad Pro.
I have slowly but surely been embracing the world of digital drawing. As a traditionalist when it comes to art, it has been a strange process to get accustomed to drawing digitally on a tablet. There is nothing like the tactile feel of the paper surface, the smell of the paints, the scratching of a pencil on paper, or even the smell of the rubber eraser as it takes away blunders before the world can see them. There is something very satisfying working in the traditional way, and that will never change. But, with some effort, more and more, I am getting the feel of digital drawing and find myself appreciating the ease of some of the task while sketching out ideas and exploring options to my work.
With that said, recently at work, a co-worker and I were discussing a stain on the floor in my work area. He is a creative-minded individual, so he describes to me what he viewed in the spot from his imagination, then proceeded to ask me what I see. In the matter of a couple of minutes, I sketched out what I saw from the spot. He was quite surprised by what I came up with in a matter of a moment. Then, later that afternoon, when he came back around, I showed him what I created from our source of inspiration on the floor on my iPad Pro during my lunch break. He was quite surprised at how quickly I had developed the concept from a spot on the floor and already had a complete story to match the character. LOL The idea came so feverishly to me, that I have decided to create a children's storybook around the concept sketch.
So, the first picture you see below is the source of inspiration...the spot on the floor. The second image is a photo take from my iPad pro. You can see the little icons in the program I was using along the side and top portions of the image. I should also mention the program that I am currently using is Procreate. I have affectionately called the character "Spriggan". It is as cute as it is mischievous. :-) Currently, I have about 5 to 6 different pages I am working on simultaneously for the story line. They are only in the sketching stages, but, I have to admit, I am having a blast with creating this character. The beauty of it is that I can create while I am on breaks at work and when I have a few minutes of downtime in the evening. I have no mess to clean up and I can create any where...provided I have the time. :-D
As you probably know, I have always wanted to be an illustrator for children's books. It is why I went to design school so many years ago, but life happened along the way and I went in a different creative direction. Perhaps now, I am meant to move in this direction and that it is finally the right time to pursue that dream from long ago. Who knows? Maybe it will be a best seller! HAHA Do children's books even have a best sellers list? Hmmm, I wonder....
Anyway, do not worry, I am not quitting sculpting, but I have to be realistic, I have limited time to create these days. And it's best to create something rather than nothing, right? After all, when life hands you lemons, you have to learn how to make lemonade. Who knows? Perhaps this is my new lemonade. :-)
So what do you think? Do you see a future for Spriggan and children's books? Would you like to see more illustrations as I work on them? Tell me what you would like to see? This creative mind would love to know.