“My First Blog Portfolio” written and illustrated by Joan Y. Edwards
During the last few years, I got distracted and discouraged about drawing, coloring, and illustrating. From doing the research for my article, “Find Your Creative Edge” for the SCBWI July-August Bulletin, I got inspired by Penelope Dullaghan and Brianna Privett with Illustration Friday and encouraged to draw, color, and paint again. Also, a friend, Ann Eisenstein, author of Hiding Carly, said, “Joan, please put some of your drawings on your blog. I’d love to see them.” Thank you, Ann.
I also bought an iPad. I downloaded a free program called “Jot Free” because it looked like fun. I did research in a software magazine for iPad and online and found an inexpensive art software, “Art Studio.” It cost $2.99 plus tax. I worked with these this weekend. Here are a few laughable portraits. Please give me a few points for the improvement of your health. Laughter is healing. I didn’t draw people in Flip Flap Floodle. My goal is to be able to draw believable and people to use in my next books. I also want to do a few cartoons. Right now, I’m closer to the cartoon stage. But I’ll grow in skills and knowledge as I draw and study more. Education and motivation are the keys to success. That’s my aim.
Both programs allow you to email the sketches through email.
Jots sends jpg images.
Art Studio sends png and/or photoshop images. I have converter software to convert the pngs to jpgs.
I doodle on my iPad and smooth it out and make it better in Corel Painter X software on my main computer.
Here is my gallery for you. I’ll do the cartoon first.
Amy and Doug Cartoon
|3 (He’s Doug.)||4|
Here is one I started on Art Studio on my iPad. I added a few colors. Then finished it on my main computer with Corel Painter X.
Now for another transformation. I thought when I sketched this, it would be good for a blond-headed man with glasses. The sketch was a little fuzzy, but I decided to do it as a blonde, without glasses.
|Draft in Art Studio-iPad.||
|Watercolor and Liquid Inks|
Now for the last set for my first blog portfolio is of a man who turned out to be a football player.
I hope you enjoyed this illustration venture on my blog. Do a few doodles yourself. It’s fun. It’s healing.The only way I could get these pictures to stay in the gallery where I wanted them was to copy and paste a blank table from Word. That worked pretty good.Tell me which one(s) you liked. I’ll do more every once in awhile. You can see if I’ve improved any.Do something that’s fun and healing for you.Never Give Up
Joan Y. Edwards
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Copyright © 2011 Joan Y. Edwards