self-promotion

October 9: the last few weeks at Val Draws

Well, I've been a lazy blogger, haven't I? But I haven't been a lazy illustrator; I've been plugging away at my mini-book, as well as beginning sketches for other portfolio pieces, which may also find their way into mini-books of their own. Here's where drawings stand for the mini-book:

I also finally drew my wolf-girl in an all-fours running pose that I'm happy with. It was harder than I expected.

I also signed up for an online Chinese Brush Painting course, which is pretty cool. And now I'm tired of typing, so that's all for now!

September 11: This week at Val Draws

This needs more cleanup, but this is the mini-book sketch I worked on this week:

I also spent a fair amount of time working on character designs for my squirrel and crow story, but everything is pretty messy right now, so I'll hold off on posting for now... okay, maybe just one:

I just learned that red squirrels can't digest the tannins in acorns; they prefer pine nuts. Yet another squirrel myth exploded!

I just learned that red squirrels can't digest the tannins in acorns; they prefer pine nuts. Yet another squirrel myth exploded!

Or two:

This is almost a straight up copy of the photo below.

This is almost a straight up copy of the photo below.

Is he the perfect chubby squirrel, or what?

Is he the perfect chubby squirrel, or what?

I also came down with a cold on Friday, so I've been pretty loopy all weekend, so I think that's it for now! 8-)

August 28: this week at ValDraws

Cleaned up this sketch:

I also did quite a bit of work with the Ivan Brunetti cartooning exercises, as well as with Lynda Barry's book, Syllabus. The two work well together and Barry uses some of the Brunetti exercises in her teaching, so it's easy to use them together. I'll upload some of the work I've done when I have a little more time, and I'm feeling a little less self-conscious.

That's it for now!

August 21 - the last few weeks at Val Draws

Now where was I... I missed a few weeks of blogging, but I have been consistently working on refining the art for my mini book promo:

Weird cropping and borders aside, I'm happy with how things are coming along. 

I also got a new book called Cartooning: Philosophy and Practice by Ivan Brunetti. It's pretty amazing. It's based on a college course he teaches and is structured by weeks, with exercises and assignments. I just finished the first week (and read ahead a bit) and things are already making sense to me in a way that they never did before, and ideas are flowing probably better than they ever have. I don't think I'm articulating very well how good and special this book is, so just go buy a copy, okay?