#7 The Drawing Table

I mentioned in one of my first posts that I drew a lot during my childhood. It was always something that I enjoyed doing, even if at times I found myself frustrated at what would show up on the paper. I still get frustrated from time to time, but the difference now is that I believe even the bad drawings, especially the bad drawings, are some of the best learning experiences.

As his friend naps, the boy begins to create another adventure for the both of them.

When I start a piece, I already have a message that I want the piece to convey. And I come up with an interim title for the piece. The message stays the same, but I often change the title for the final. This one was originally called Write Your Own Script. I wanted to convey this idea that we all have the ability to create our own world. It'll certainly take time and effort and more than a few tries. But that's part of what makes the end result so satisfying.

In other news, I signed up for an SCBWI illustrator's conference that takes place at the end of February. I've never attended anything like this, so I'm not sure what to expect, but I'm hoping that it'll open up some doors for me to explore. Or at the very least, point me in a few promising directions. I need to create a few more pieces to put together a portfolio that I can show there, so that will be my focus for the next few weeks. Helmet And Hound will be postponed until after the conference, but I'll be updating the blog with my portfolio pieces as I complete them.