Wednesday, April 25, 2018

What Progress? April 25th

I'm now officially over being sick. Not completely, but most of the icky is gone. Toddler has something now. Maybe it's just teething, or maybe it's a cold. Either way there is a lot of screaming! I did not have this post scheduled for today, but this Friday's interview is already set up.

What I'm Creating


I got started working on a kitty story of mine again. Worked on it last night. I've sent several character drawings to my critique group. I got a new idea for Kitty's look (after showing my work). So now I have a lot more work to do! 

Schedule


I think I'm up having 8 people lined up for interviews. I still have a lot more searching to do. I may not get 20 by the end of the month, but I'm fairly confident I'll be able to have interviews continuously. If you want to be interviewed please let me know: https://daniduckart.blogspot.ca/2018/04/monday-coffee_23.html will tell you more of what I'm looking for.


April 28th - Send out more work for potential jobs.

April 30th - Try to get at least 20 people lined up for interviews (and hopefully have questions sent out). 

May 5th - Have drafts for all the new/changed pages of my dummy "finished".

May 19th - Have reasonably good pencil drafts for my dummy.

May 30th - Have kitty dummy finals finalized.

Monday, April 23, 2018

Monday Coffee

I spent the whole day yesterday cleaning and rearranging my art studio. It's not finished yet (but I survived the webs and spiders that were hidden under canvases so far. I might actually be able to post pictures when I'm finished!

I'm posting today because I NEED YOUR HELP! I'm going to do an interview series on my blog and I need you to help me keep this going. I have 6 people who have agreed to do interviews, but that won't last long.

INTERVIEWS

Interview posts run on Fridays. 

- These interviews are for kidlit people only.  Board Books - YA. Graphic novels for a younger audience is okay. 

- Anyone being interviewed must have web presence. Something beyond a basic web page and may include non-private social media pages.  

- People with professional experience will be given priority. Teachers, Graphic Designers, Fine Artists, Librarians and even Parents could have an insight others might not. Having a book/art to sell helps!

- Unless a specific date is needed posts will run in the order I receive the completed interview.

- If you know someone who should be interviewed please have them contact me. I may not contact them otherwise as I have a lot of people I could ask to interview!

Send me a message if you are interested! You can email me directly with daniduckart@gmail.com. If you don't hear back from me in a week feel free to message me on any social media. 

Here are some old interviews for you to check out: https://daniduckart.blogspot.ca/search/label/Interview



Wednesday, April 18, 2018

What Progress?


Somehow I'm making writing blog posts on my phone a habit! I'm sick this week with a cold that the whole family caught. I'm hoping to be spared the horrible headaches and nausea if nothing else (fun fact: runny noses can cause nausea!

What I'm Creating

I'm working on getting people together to do a continual series of interviews on my blog! If you are interested please let me know. You do not have to be traditionally published but you should have a web presence! It doesn't help you to be interviewed if people can't find any information about you after!

Schedule

I'm actually doing okay sending out work. I've sent out work to 6 publishers online. My goal is to send out at least 4 more by the end of the week. I will probably take a pause after this. I don't mind rejection, but if I get a lot I want to give myself a chance to make changes to my approach. I hate the idea of making the same mistake over and over. Also if my materials aren't right I want to be able to change them before everyone sees them.

I'm going to leave the artwork as a blank for now. I'm thinking of multiple things I'd like to do but mostly I'd like to fix up at least one of my dummies to send out. I'm working on preliminary drawings and will see where it goes before I settle on a schedule. I may start a new dummy as well, so once I figure things out I can get started!

April 20th - Send out work to at least 4 more publishers online. Have questions sent out for the 6 people who have already agreed to interviews!

April 28th - Figure out my next goals for illustration/writing. 

April 30th - Try to get at least 20 people lined up for interviews (and hopefully have questions sent out). 

Monday, April 16, 2018

Monday Coffee -- Art vs. Plants

Admit it: You wouldn't know these were plants
if they weren't so clearly marked.
I've been busy lately getting my garden in order. This is the first year that I've attempted to do some indoor growing before the growing season gets underway. Right now it's raining so I'm not going to be doing anything outside. Since it's so rainy the pictures are a bit dull. I added in some drawings to make them a bit more lively.

I made these little planters out of old egg cartons. I cut off the lids and put them on the bottom of the cartons. I probably didn't have to put the foil around the bottoms (but this isn't my place and I'm afraid of big messes especially on the wooden storage shelves). I'll see how things go this year and maybe I'll skip that step next year. The nice thing about these is the egg cartons soak up some of the water so it's hard to accidently overwater and the dirt stays moist longer. I used potting soil and old pots for the bigger plants. In the past I've bought plants for my garden. planting my own seeds made a lot of difference!

Soaking up the sun in my kitchen.

In the next couple of weeks I'll be getting some new dirt in my garden. This will be my fourth year having a garden, yay! Last year was the first year that I had a decent garden. I started with seeds which made a difference. Also I think the soil was bad in the garden and it took a few years of adding soil to it to make it a strong garden. I did my research last year as well. Instead of just throwing the plants in the soil I actually looked something up. It wasn't that I knew nothing, but instead of just listening to advice from others I worked at learning things for myself.
Hoping somehow the sunflowers will survive this year.
We seem to have some animal life that like to kill sunflowers!
I was going to have a lovely story relating plants to art, but  I feel like I've already said so much in this post. Maybe next Monday. My plants should be a bit bigger then too.

Honestly, until I started with an outside garden I had trouble keeping my indoor plants alive. Last year it was even easier and I think it's because I started from seed. I was able to see wonderful results in my garden because of this.

Do you have a garden this year? If so what did you plant?
An example of how my garden looked last year. Last year
the bowling pins didn't grow quite so well. 






Wednesday, April 11, 2018

What Progress?



I'm writing this on my iPhone again. I'm not willing to get out of bed to write this (even though typing on the computer is more comfortable). 


What I'm Creating

Nothing has come yet out of the submission I sent (not that I expected anything so soon) so I'm back to the drawing board literally. I'm working on some new illustrations. Hoping to figure out how I'm going to do them digitally. The programs I have aren't great for this so I'm hoping I can figure something out!

I have started a Patreon page for Smart Dummies: https://www.patreon.com/SmartDummies I just talked about this Monday so I won't say too much today!



Schedule


This schedule is pretty much destroyed. I've had complications (most people call them kids) and haven't gotten to much. I also ended up sick without knowing I was really sick so that's weird. 

I got my copy of the Children's Writer's and Illustrator's Market. I went in and highlighted everything where I can email something right away. Email is not ideal but it works. I have several leads. I plan to do some emailing this weekend. 




April 13th - Send out some emails and work on art as time permits. 5-10 places. Contact 10 people on Instagram and ask to feature their work!

April 14th - Spend time with my husband. 

April 30th - Finish at least 3 digital illustrations. (At least inks). Have at least 20 emails sent out about my new idea I just got!


Monday, April 9, 2018

Monday Coffee

I've started a Patreon page! This page is to help get a little bit of funding for the Smart Dummies event. Smart Dummies is free and always will be, but there are things that are difficult to do for free. "Like what" you say? Well like having a logo contest and creating a planner for the next event. You can visit my Smart Dummies Patreon page here: https://www.patreon.com/SmartDummies

Everything is up and running, but please let me know if you have suggestions! I have it set up now as a monthly payment and you can donate as little as $1 a month. 

* The logo contest is so that I can skip doing one project that takes me a bit of time for the event. I'm asking for $50 and that whole amount will be used as prize money for the winner. 

* The second thing I'd love to do is make a planner for the next event. This planner will be half planner and half manual to guide people through the event. This will be offered as a FREE download! The money for this will be used for designing, editing, web hosting, printing and yearly updating of the planner. Patrons who donate at the $10 level for 2 months will get a printed copy in the mail free!*

 *US and Canada only. Please contact me with your address if you are outside this region. Also let me know if these payment plans don't work for you!


Wednesday, April 4, 2018

What Progress?

Thoughts

I'm writing this on my iPhone. Going to try to keep things brief. 

What I'm Creating

I sent out some work to one place because of a Twitter call for Illustrators. I didn't recognize the place until after I emailed. No news on that yet. I also applied for that SCBWI Don Freeman grant. Since I've been working on my portfolio what better time to apply?

Schedule
This schedule is off, but I'm just going to leave it here. I think I'll be finishing up my postcards this week and won't be mailing anything until next week at least. I did order a copy of The Children's Writer's and Illustrator's Market. I guess it would be good to find out where I should send my work before I actually send it! 


April 1st  - Have postcard finished and sent out for printing
April 8th - 2-3 color spreads finished or almost finished Delayed
April 9th - Send out 5-10  Submission Packages

Monday, April 2, 2018

Monday Coffee

It's been a crazy weekend. We celebrated Easter on Saturday because my husband had that day off. That gave us plenty of room for April Fools on Sunday. I didn't plan a prank, but told David we'll pack away a few of his toys. He turned into "all of his toys" and started crying. 😒 He had two pranks for me. One was that he was going to do all of my chores. The second was that he was going to clean up all his stuff. We did neither. 😂 All in all it was a good weekend!
How did you spend your weekend? Did you celebrate Easter? Any fun April Fools jokes?


Wednesday, March 28, 2018

What Progress?

Thoughts

I'm tired! It's been a very busy week. I've gotten some major projects done and others haven't gone so well.


What I'm Creating

I just finished up 8 images for my black and white portfolio. I will be adding more to this, but I feel like 8 images is a minimum for any portfolio. You can see what I've done here: http://daniduck.com/b%26w I plan to do some grayscale images as well, but I have to start somewhere!

In other news I've already sent my portfolio out to one company digitally. Before I did this I went back over my portfolio. I saw a lot of images that had to be re-edited for one reason or another. Some of them were too blurry/pixelated, others had white around the edges, and a couple had pencil lines (from drawing the border around the illustration). I think I caught everything this time! Glad I got all those little things fixed. This all delayed me from sending out my work, but I want to put my best foot forward!

Schedule

I'm not sure that this schedule is really based on any real dates anymore. 😂 Actually I'm not too far off right now. I will likely be able to have my post cards done by April 1st and possibly I'll be sending out submission packages by the 9ths, but I feel like I won't be able to finish any color spreads this week. The black and white work I've been doing has taken up a TON of my time. Mainly because I did them digitally and I haven't done that in a while. I also am figuring out a new program. I will be faster with future digital work because I learned a lot this week. 

April 1st  - Have postcard finished and sent out for printing
April 8th - 2-3 color spreads finished or almost finished Delayed
April 9th - Send out 5-10  Submission Packages

Back to it. I'll see you again in a week with another update! 

Monday, March 26, 2018

Monday Coffee

Sometimes I take on more than I can handle. I always take on more than I'll likely get done. I'll have a lofty goal and though I think I'll not make it I'll be able to pull through like I did for the #kidlitart28 and the #30paintingsin30days combo. 

The problem is finding the difference between a lofty goal, and a terrible side project that can derail everything. One such project is being part of a group reading "The Artist's Way" by Julia Cameron. I bring this up because I have it sitting on top of my computer untouched since I borrowed it from the library. Don't get me wrong: "The Artist's Way" is a great book. I just couldn't keep up with any part of the group. I couldn't read the chapters, do any of the projects or participate in discussion. At the time I was working on some illustrations that I was trying to finish. 

What made this a terrible side project for me? Well right now my focus is on developing my illustration portfolio. I could make time to read, do projects and participate in discussion, but it would be about all I could do this month. So I reluctantly decided to sit out this group. I made a lot of progress on my portfolio and I'm happy with that. This wouldn't have happened if I stayed with the reading group. Would I have learned a lot from the group? Absolutely, but it would have been terrible for my illustration portfolio. I will have to re-read the book later when I can focus on the book. Sorry Julia Cameron. I'll have to catch up with you later!

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

What Progress?

It's progress day today! I forgot and I don't even know why. Anyway I'm typing this up on my phone because toddler won't let me get up.

Thoughts
Toddler got up at midnight. He had a fever and was coughing. Hard to get him to sleep again. He'a cuddling next to me now and is the whole reason I'm typing this on my phone.

What I'm Creating

I'm working mostly with black and white right now. I've got some progress images up on my Instagram account right now. https://instagram.com/p/BgeayV4lNIU/

Schedule

I think my schedule stays about the same. Maybe a little less likely that all these things will happen but we'll see! 

March 25th - Have 7-10 B&W/Greyscale illustrations completed (enough to have a page on my portfolio)
March 30th - Know where I'm sending work to. At least 5-10 places.
April 1st  - Have post card finished and sent out for printing
April 8th - 2-3 color spreads finished or almost finished
April 9th - Send out 5-10  Submission Packages


Monday, March 19, 2018

Monday Coffee

I obviously haven't had enough coffee this week because I almost forgot to post this post. I had this all typed up last night and forgot to hit "Publish". 😅 Pretty sad because it's only the second week! I'm going to think of a picture to put with these and add that later..

Not as much to talk about this week as last. As many of you know I'm on Instagram. What you may not know is I'm doing some giveaways there. You know those images I did for Leslie Saeta's 30 in 30 (#30paintingsin30days) and #kidlitart twitter chat's #kidlitart28?  You don't remember? Haven't you been following my blog? 😂 Anyway, I'm giving them away on Instagram! You can join the fun here:

https://www.instagram.com/p/BgedSRSFFOn/?taken-by=smart_dummies_challenge

https://www.instagram.com/p/Bgg9EYsl_o5/?taken-by=dani_duck_art

Don't live in the USA? That's okay. I'm not limiting shipping anywhere (yet) so feel free to enter.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

What Progress?

I've randomly decided that Wednesdays are progress days. I'll be talking about my progress (or lack thereof) on these days. I will also be talking about what I hope to achieve for the coming week. Also anything else that may or may be relevant (because why just play in a box when you can also be on the box? 😁).

Thoughts

I have a cold that just won't go away. I could go for another coffee. Toddler on my lap for no given reason but "up".

What I'm Creating

Right now I'm still working on my portfolio. I have 10 images in there right now, so not bad. Mostly I'm trying to figure out what I want to add to my portfolio.

Possible additions to my portfolio:

B&W/ Grayscale images
Spot Illustration and Spreads
Anthropomorphised Animals
Detailed Backgrounds and Domestic/Indoor Scenes

There are lots of other things I want to add to my portfolio but these are my focus right now. I have a lot of images I could ink and stick into my portfolio so I'm going to do that. I've decided that most (if not all) of these will be done on the computer. It's about the same speed to get them done, and most places that want black and white want it to be digital.

Schedule

March 25th - Have 7-10 B&W/Greyscale illustrations completed (enough to have a page on my portfolio)
March 30th - Know where I'm sending work to. At least 5-10 places.
April 1st  - Have post card finished and sent out for printing
April 8th - 2-3 color spreads finished or almost finished
April 9th - Send out 5-10  Submission Packages

This is my basic schedule and may or may not have anything to do with really happens. The important thing is I made goals. Now to go make some of this happen!

Monday, March 12, 2018

Monday Coffee

I need to keep posting on my blog, so weekly I'm going to do a series called, "Monday Coffee". I'm hoping to post this early enough every week so that you can read it with your morning coffee or tea. I've had a lot of exhausting weeks, so this could be a lot of incoherent ramblings. You're probably tired too, so likely you'll understand me either way. 😂

This morning I'm listening to Will Terry talk about, "When to Say No to Illustration Work" on YouTube.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WWBaRkjNCM0&t=238s The funny thing is it's made me feel a bit better about some of the jobs I have taken. I had a book I did for a self publisher called "The Magic Mask". The job itself didn't pay a lot, but it wasn't hard and I am currently using the images in my portfolio. There are times I have turned down work, and I luckily made the right decision. It's hard to know the line, but I think Will Terry's video covers most of it!

I know a lot of people who are using Photoshop to illustrate. If you are a digital illustrator you probably know that Photoshop is the program to use. The big problem is that paying for Photoshop on a monthly basis is expensive. I can't tell you that there is something better out there, but here are some alternatives:

1. Older Versions of Photoshop: I believe you can still buy an older version of Photoshop outright. Many of these older versions will work on a newer computer. If you go too old the disk won't read right in your disk reader. I have a version of Photoshop 4.0 that I haven't been able to use for years, so maybe don't go that old!

2. Procreate on the iPad Pro with an Apple Pen. If you are thinking about getting an iPad you may consider the iPad pro. It is expensive but some professional illustrators are switching to the iPad, because it's like a Cintiq but is more versatile. Photoshop and a Cintiq together are better quality, but this may be a good alternative for you. I have not had the pleasure of using this yet, but I hear great things.

3. Clip Studio Paint (Formally Manga Studio): I have not used Clip Studio Paint for coloring. I had Manga Studio 4EX and was not happy with the coloring portion. I do love the ink pen, though. You can create straight lines, or a more brush like line. The great thing about this is you can use the pen like vectors and adjust each line individually if needed (but you don't have to use the vectors at all). There are good sales for this. This is not being updated as they have sold the company, but maybe the company that bought them out will make newer versions.

4. Corel Painter: This program is fairly expensive, though you can find older versions of the software. This can be used to make beautiful paint like illustrations. The bad thing is the software crashes a lot. I currently have 11. I have downloaded newer versions and they all seem to suffer from the same instability problems. When it does work it's a lot of fun!

5. Krita: I love the idea of this program, but I can not get it to work on my computer anymore. It does have decent brushes and a good layout. This is a free program so it wouldn't hurt to try it out.

6. Gimp: I feel like this is sort of the last ditch resort. Gimp is absolutely free, but it's pretty clunky. I do use it for minor image editing especially after scanning.

Other programs: Here are some other programs I haven't had the chance to try out or heard much about:

Inkscape: (alternative to Illustrator -- Vector software.)
Affinity Photo
Corel Paintshop
Pixelmator (Mac)
Sketch (Mac)

There are also some free online software. I don't like the idea of this, because the software can disappear. Also there is a huge lack of privacy when you do this.

Which programs do you use for your illustrations? Do you know of any great programs I haven't mentioned here?




Saturday, March 3, 2018

30 Days Collaged!

Here is a collage of all the images I did for Leslie Saeta's 30 paintings in 30 days and Kidlitart28 Hosted by kidlitart chat (On Twitter Thursday nights at 6pm PST). I started putting these together because I wanted to see them all together. I forgot that Leslie has a link up for the collages of all the images as well as each individual day of the 30 in 30. So, what do you think? Which are your first and second favorites? Thanks for sticking with me!  

These paintings are for two challenges: #30paintingsin30days and #kidlitart28  Leslie's site for the 30 in 30: https://www.saetastudio.com/february-30-in-30-blog  All of them were painted with Daniel Smith watercolors on Arches Watercolor paper. They were inked with either the Pentel Brush Pen or Micron Pens. 

Friday, March 2, 2018

Day 30 in the 30 in 30 -- Yay I'm done!

Today is the last day of Leslie Saeta's 30 Paintings in 30 Days! Yay, me! I'm done. Why thank you dear penguin guy. I will take that crown. I deserve it. 😂

I likely wont be posting every day, but hopefully I'll still be posting quality posts a couple times a week. I love doing challenges because they push me to do my best. Having said that: I always worry that when I do a challenge that I'm not doing what I should be doing. Right now I could use maybe a couple more color illustrations in my portfolio. I could also use a bunch of line drawings, so that's something I'll have to work on as well. Anyways since this is all portfolio work I'll be able to share it with all of you. Here's to the future!





This painting is for #30paintingsin30days Leslie's site for the 30 in 30: https://www.saetastudio.com/february-30-in-30-blog  This image is 2.5"x3.5" colored with Daniel Smith watercolors, inked with a Micron pen on Arches Watercolor Paper.  

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Day 29 of the 30 in 30

Now that #kidlitart28 is over I'm going to do a couple more quick paintings for today and tomorrow. This first one is a bird type character. Almost looks like a horse head ostrich to me. I liked the style for the owl yesterday so I'm continuing with that for these next two images!


This painting is for #30paintingsin30days Leslie's site for the 30 in 30: https://www.saetastudio.com/february-30-in-30-blog  This image is 2.5"x3.5" colored with Daniel Smith watercolors, inked with a Micron pen on Arches Watercolor Paper.  

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Day 28 of the 30 in 30

Today is the last day of Kidlitart28! Yay, I did it. I'm done! I was supposed to have a theme, and I did. If it wasn't obvious I was painting whatever character that came to mind. Here is my last one: It's an owl. If you think it looks like something else you're wrong. 😜  Now I've got two more days of the 30 in 30 to finish up!






This paintings is for two challenges: #30paintingsin30days and #kidlitart28  Leslie's site for the 30 in 30: https://www.saetastudio.com/february-30-in-30-blog  This image is 2.5"x3.5" colored with Daniel Smith watercolors, inked with a Micron pen on Arches Watercolor Paper.  

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Day 27 of the 30 in 30

Almost at the finish line. I've caught up. Now I've caught a mouse. Well my kitty caught the mouse, so same thing. LOOK AT THE KITTY! He's all mine. You can stop looking at him now.


This paintings is for two challenges: #30paintingsin30days and #kidlitart28  Leslie's site for the 30 in 30: https://www.saetastudio.com/february-30-in-30-blog  This image is 2.5"x3.5" colored with Daniel Smith watercolors, inked with a Micron pen on Arches Watercolor Paper.  

Monday, February 26, 2018

Day 26 of the 30 in 30

Time for a new favorite! Actually the last one I did was a favorite. Okay they are all my favorites for one reason or another. I know it completely defeats the meaning of favorites, but I'm okay with that!



This paintings is for two challenges: #30paintingsin30days and #kidlitart28  Leslie's site for the 30 in 30: https://www.saetastudio.com/february-30-in-30-blog  This image is 2.5"x3.5" colored with Daniel Smith watercolors, inked with a Micron pen on Arches Watercolor Paper.  

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Day 25 of the 30 in 30

I'm just realizing now that I should have made my blog titles more exciting for this month. Okay maybe I thought about this weeks ago. In any case here is a fae for you. I hope you like her! 


This paintings is for two challenges: #30paintingsin30days and #kidlitart28  Leslie's site for the 30 in 30: https://www.saetastudio.com/february-30-in-30-blog  This image is 2.5"x3.5" colored with Daniel Smith watercolors, inked with a Micron pen on Arches Watercolor Paper.  

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Day 24 of the 30 in 30

Its a girl today. This is where my watercolors took me. I like this process the best. Covering the paper with watercolors and then blotting out an area to paint. Lots of fun!







This paintings is for two challenges: #30paintingsin30days and #kidlitart28  Leslie's site for the 30 in 30: https://www.saetastudio.com/february-30-in-30-blog  This image is 2.5"x3.5" colored with Daniel Smith watercolors, inked with a Micron pen on Arches Watercolor Paper.  

Friday, February 23, 2018

Day 23 of the 30 in 30

This image was done fairly quickly because I've got a teething toddler. He's had a rough day and is now sleeping in bed. I'm not sure how long he'll sleep so I had to get this up quickly! Tomorrow I'll have a bit more time. By tomorrow I mean today, because I posted this yesterday about tomorrow. So now tomorrow is today, but when I posted this today was tomorrow. I should write a book on that!




This paintings is for two challenges: #30paintingsin30days and #kidlitart28  Leslie's site for the 30 in 30: https://www.saetastudio.com/february-30-in-30-blog  This image is 2.5"x3.5" colored with Daniel Smith watercolors, inked with a Micron pen on Arches Watercolor Paper.  

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Day 22 of the 30 in 30

Here is a bunny! I don't know if he's cuter than my other bunny, but he's more purple. Purpler bunnies are slightly superior in many ways. Well one way and that way may or may not be color. Spoiler: it's color.






This paintings is for two challenges: #30paintingsin30days and #kidlitart28  Leslie's site for the 30 in 30: https://www.saetastudio.com/february-30-in-30-blog  This image is 2.5"x3.5" colored with Daniel Smith watercolors, inked with a pentel brush pen on Arches Watercolor Paper.  

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Day 21 of the 30 in 30

It's a fishy! He called to me as I painted so I let him come to life. He was a lot of fun to paint!





This paintings is for two challenges: #30paintingsin30days and #kidlitart28  Leslie's site for the 30 in 30: https://www.saetastudio.com/february-30-in-30-blog  This image is 2.5"x3.5" colored with Daniel Smith watercolors, inked with a pentel brush pen on Arches Watercolor Paper.  

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Day 20 of the 30 in 30

I really like how this turned out. Can you guess which medium I used to create this image? That's right, watercolors! Yeah, I'm not that shocking. It does look like pastels to me (even more so in the original). So weird how that happened! This is just ink and watercolor. All of the white is the paper underneath and not added color.  

The pastelish result was partly  because I painted dark colors on the paper and tremoved color in certain areas to enhance the light. It was kind of an accidental painting, because I created this image based on where the water took away the color rather than planning. I should try this water technique in a purposeful manner. In any case this was fun! 




You may have noticed that I've caught up! I'm actually ahead a day on these challenges. I wanted to be able to post on social media the day the image was done rather than waiting a day to post. 

This paintings is for two challenges: #30paintingsin30days and #kidlitart28  Leslie's site for the 30 in 30: https://www.saetastudio.com/february-30-in-30-blog  This image is 2.5"x3.5" colored with Daniel Smith watercolors, inked with a pentel brush pen on Arches Watercolor Paper.  

Monday, February 19, 2018

Day 19 of the 30 in 30

This wasn't meant to be a bear, but in my mind there is no doubt that this is indeed a bear. Love this guy. One of my favorites. Shh, don't tell my other art cards!



This paintings is for two challenges: #30paintingsin30days and #kidlitart28  Leslie's site for the 30 in 30: https://www.saetastudio.com/february-30-in-30-blog  This image is 2.5"x3.5" colored with Daniel Smith watercolors on Arches Watercolor Paper.  

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Day 18 of the 30 in 30

I just have a simple little mouse for you today. I was out of cut paper in my art studio so I decided to experiment with the pieces I had. For this one I painted the whole thing blue and then used a paper towel to erase the middle. It looked like a mouse so that's how I finished him off.





This paintings is for two challenges: #30paintingsin30days and #kidlitart28  Leslie's site for the 30 in 30: https://www.saetastudio.com/february-30-in-30-blog  This image is 2.5"x3.5" colored with Daniel Smith watercolors on Arches Watercolor Paper.  

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Day 17 of the 30 in 30

So this painting is a bit disproportionate and not so pretty. It's basically a photo of me in the morning so don't judge. I'm a bear in the morning without my coffee. There is no line on my coffee that says when you can talk to me. If my coffee is less than 1/4th full it means I need another cup. Talk to me at your own peril. 



This paintings is for two challenges: #30paintingsin30days and #kidlitart28  Leslie's site for the 30 in 30: https://www.saetastudio.com/february-30-in-30-blog  This image is 2.5"x3.5" colored with Daniel Smith watercolors, inked 
with Micron Pens and a Pentel Brush Pen on Strathmore Watercolor Cards.  

Friday, February 16, 2018

Day 16 of the 30 in 30

This is a weird fairy unicorn picture that I painted. Decided to just create it freehand. Maybe there is some things off about it, but it's still fun!






This paintings is for two challenges: #30paintingsin30days and #kidlitart28  Leslie's site for the 30 in 30: https://www.saetastudio.com/february-30-in-30-blog  This image is 2.5"x3.5" colored with Daniel Smith watercolors, inked 
with Micron Pens and a Pentel Brush Pen on Arches Watercolor Paper.  

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Day 15 of the 30 in 30

This is the card I created for my husband for Valentine's Day. It was painted so it counts! It's a bit more cartoony than I usually go, but I like it. I always prefer funny/goofy cards rather than serious things. They just make better cards!





I'M HALFWAY THERE! This paintings is for two challenges: #30paintingsin30days and #kidlitart28  Leslie's site for the 30 in 30: https://www.saetastudio.com/february-30-in-30-blog  This image is 5"x7" colored with Daniel Smith watercolors, inked 
with Micron Pens and a Pentel Brush Pen on Strathmore Watercolor Cards.  

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Day 14 of the 30 in 30

I'm not sure if I'm thrilled how this turned out. This is a freehand paint from start to finish. Not sure if that was the best idea, but it worked for today. I did find out that my brush pen isn't very photo friendly! I think it was okay with the bigger sizes, but this image really hated the ink. You can tell on the right hand side of the image more than others. I could have gotten rid of it, but I'm moving on.





This paintings is for two challenges: #30paintingsin30days and #kidlitart28  
Leslie's site: https://www.saetastudio.com/february-30-in-30-blog  
This image is 2.5"x3.5" colored with Daniel Smith watercolors, inked 
with Micron Pens on Arches Watercolor paper.  

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Day 13 of the 30 in 30

I had four paintings going today. I had a lot of problems getting the smaller images done so I decided to finish this one. I was hoping to save it for later when I was having trouble, but I called it in early! Hopefully things will go smoothly later this week.






This paintings is for two challenges: #30paintingsin30days and #kidlitart28  Leslie's site: https://www.saetastudio.com/february-30-in-30-blog  
This image is 8"x10" colored with Daniel Smith watercolors, inked with Micron Pens on Arches Watercolor paper.  

Monday, February 12, 2018

Day 12 of the 30 in 30

The merpeople are at it again! This was again drawn freehand and then painted. Yesterday I said that I think I'm going to start creating bigger characters on these small pieces of paper and this is why. I think this image turned out a lot better because the character was bigger than some of the other images.











This paintings is for two challenges: #30paintingsin30days and #kidlitart28  Leslie's site: https://www.saetastudio.com/february-30-in-30-blog  
This image is 2.5"x3.5" colored with Daniel Smith watercolors, inked with Micron Pens on Arches Watercolor paper.  

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Day 11 of the 30 in 30

My image is done for today. Not my favorite as far as images go. I think I'm going to start working a bit bigger (bigger characters on the same size paper) because too much detail is getting lost when I work this small! I'm feeling accomplished today: Not only did I finish this painting but I finished tomorrow's as well!



This paintings is for two challenges: #30paintingsin30days and #kidlitart28  Leslie's site: https://www.saetastudio.com/february-30-in-30-blog  
This image is 2.5"x3.5" colored with Daniel Smith watercolors, inked with Micron Pens on Arches Watercolor paper.  

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Day 10 of the 30 in 30

I started creating a completely different illustration today and ended up with a mermaid instead. Have you ever had that happen to you? Mermaid art hijacking. It's a thing now. 





This paintings is for two challenges: #30paintingsin30days and #kidlitart28  Leslie's site: https://www.saetastudio.com/february-30-in-30-blog  
This image is 5"x7" colored with Daniel Smith watercolors on Arches Watercolor paper.  

Friday, February 9, 2018

Day 9 of the 30 in 30

Went slightly lighter with this painting and it ended up a little too light! At least for the purpose of scanning them in. Oh well, I'll know for next time. I may go back into it later with more colors! Anyway this is based on a drawing I found in my sketchbook. I did a little more research into this one as opposed to the last, and I like the drawing so much more. It's amazing the difference a few years make.  



This paintings is for two challenges: #30paintingsin30days and #kidlitart28  Leslie's site: https://www.saetastudio.com/february-30-in-30-blog  
This image is 2.5"x3.5" colored with Daniel Smith watercolors, inked with Micron Pens on Arches Watercolor paper.  

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Day 8 of the 30 in 30

Before I go to bed I wanted to share my Taco Football player. I wanted to do something silly tonight so I put together two things I'm not a fan of: Football and Americanizing things. Here is the American Taco Football Player (TM pending).

One thing I noticed was that I was making all of the lighting come from the right. I finally remembered to change it for this illustration!








#30paintingsin30days and #kidlitart28  Leslie's site: https://www.saetastudio.com/february-30-in-30-blog  
This image is 2.5"x3.5" colored with Daniel Smith watercolors, inked with Micron Pens on Arches Watercolor paper.