I am so stinkin’ excited to announce that I am now officially represented by Stephen Barr at Writers House Literary! http://www.writershouseart.com/lena-podesta/
My husband and I are huge book junkies, being special suckers for any art book or art/craft related instructional. Picked both of these up during the last couple years and just love them. They both provide a fresh look at old crafts and are filled with fun projects that inspire more projects. “Print Workshop” by Christine Schmidt and “How to Make Books” by Esther K. Smith
Cleaning out my filing cabinet, I found this handout that I made for my mini-comics class. Hope it’s helpful! Remember, it ain’t only for comics. Self-publish short stories, collections of drawings or sketches, or blank for journals/sketchbooks, etc.
A few weeks ago I participated in a workshop through scbwi with Lauren Rille from Simon & Schuster. She had us do a number of fun exercises, including one where we sketched an animal of our own choosing of an age and in a location of our neighbor’s choosing. The woman sitting next to me chose a 2 year old in a kitchen. An octopus seemed like the obvious choice because it always seems like my toddler has a million arms when he’s “helping” me cook in the kitchen. I thought this was a great exercise to get us to stretch what we would normally draw a bit and a fun way to flex that creative problem solving muscle. You could do it at home this way:
1. Write down a bunch of animals
Hit the randomize button. Draw.
Emily started a club called “The Bunny Club.” Meetings were in a playhouse in her backyard and involved us looking at books about animals. We rode our bikes to the field behind my house and caught lizards and bugs and frogs. Mostly, Emily did the catching and I clumsily ushered the critters towards her. One day we trapped a 4 ft long gopher snake in a pillowcase and brought it back to her house where it lived in an old dog pen in the garage until it escaped. This illustration was inspired by those times.
Animal Magnetism revised. As often happens, when I looked at this one with fresh eyes and received the benefit of my talented husband’s feedback, I realized that I had the color scheme all wrong. I think it’s much better now.