Sunday, April 10, 2011

IF - Bottled

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This weeks theme for Illustration Friday is ‘Bottled’.

We’ve all been in that place where we bottle up the feelings and feel like we could just  about explode, this little guy is on the verge!  The damage that bullying can do to both parties can be so far reaching, I just so wish it was handled better in schools.

Actually this illustration is kinda close to home at the moment. I mentioned before the problems we were having at school with my youngest and how we have been home schooling for the past month to try and undo some of the damage that has been done.

This picture is pretty much how my boy has been reacting to frustration and embarrassment and we have been trying to work very hard  helping him to deal with his emotions. We have seen some excellent progress over the past couple of weeks and I can’t praise my husband enough in his very wise parenting.

Fortunately we have found a new school that I think can help us and they have a very clear, firm policy on handling bullying and have made a commitment to get his education back on track. It has come as a big shock to us that he tests as almost three years behind. I’m trying very hard not to let feelings of guilt and anger take over and just focus on getting this sorted but it is so hard when you see the pain your child is in. Trying to restore his confidence and self-worth is our primary goal but it’s not going to happen overnight, just taking one step at a time.

Just for fun

I love those times when you just do something just because you can. There is no real purpose other than to amuse yourself and just play.

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This little character arrived on my page as just an eye to begin with (that’s quite often where I begin as it seems to indicate the personality of the character), her name is Pepper, I think she might be a bit fiery.

I just kind of doodled a bit and basically had her face and that was about it….a week later I was doodling in church (What! you gasp, not listening to the sermon!) it’s actually how I listen best …anyhoo, I started doing these little line drawings of a street of NY inner city type buildings. It was fun and they were kinda cute in a lopsided wonky way (I have an affinity with the curve rather than the straight line), I thought their black and white simplicity might sit nicely with the colours of my character. To begin with I just had a close up on her face but then I thought it might be better to put her in the streetscape as a whole person.

What does she say to you? To me she kind of looks a bit miffed and like she’s about to let the balloons go, or maybe there is some mystery afoot, where has the balloon man gone dum dum daaaa!?!?

So! This is me having a bit of fun. Hope you find it fun too.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Austin Kleon

steal like an artist

One of the most insightful articles I’ve read on the creative process and journey in a long time. A lot of practical and freeing advice found here

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

IF - Duet

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This weeks Illustration Friday prompt is ‘Duet’!

I couldn’t go past those two crooners of yester year Sonny and Cher.
Check out the originals here I Got You Babe!

Diggin’ the groovy outfits man, her dress is some vintage material found at my local oppy.

They Might Be Giants - Never Go To Work

Friday, April 1, 2011

Welcome Madden!

 

 

No More Monkeys Jumpiing copy

It was a very exciting day at work yesterday, I arrived to find a note letting me know that my boss was at the hospital and his first born was on his way!  This bouncing baby boy (all 8lb 8oz of him) arrived at 4.30pm on the 31st of March. He was due on April first so I think this little one is thinking “I’m no fool, I’m getting here early.”

As we work from a studio at the back of the boss’ house I’m sure I will get to have lots of hugs YAY, I miss having a little baby around, it’s going to be fun!

Secret Boy Business

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I did very sneakily sneak up on my boys waging epic battles in the backyard. There was much negotiation plus gales of laughter going on and I became intrigued…

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Of course my cover was blown almost immediately and displays of strength, sword play and general drama were provided for the camera. I of course made the appropriate ‘oooing’ and ‘ahhing’ noises…

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I’m afraid daddy didn’t stand a chance especially as he was told to stand still and he wasn’t allowed to retaliate!

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Thanks to a recent exposure to the Umbilical Brothers we can now imitate major physical injury, I’m so proud!

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Notice the homemade sword? Made by my thirteen year old daughter (no girly stuff here thank you very much).