When we find our creative passion, it can be easy to have a one track mind. I look at children’s books constantly and love studying illustrations of past and present. While this is great, it’s also useful to keep our eyes open to the world around us. Being inspired by only one field of work can keep us boxed in.
During our recent travels abroad my husband and I visited the Vatican museum. When looking at the collection of Byzantine altar pieces, I was struck by the painting style and the beautiful gold leafing with intricate patterns behind the figures. I found myself excited to experiment with these art works in mind. They were some I might not have noticed before, but working in children’s illustration has pushed me to constantly look at what other illustrators are doing, what techniques I might not have considered. Yet tunnel vision can cause me to forget about the vast array of art ready to spark ideas within my own work.
Push yourself outside your comfort zone by exploring other genres:
Illustrators: look at abstract painting, sculpture, film, architecture, fashion.
Writers: read outside your genre; YA novels, adult fiction, non-fiction, classics, philosophy, poetry.
Inspiration leads to experimentation, pushing you outside that comfort zone and into a world of possibilities
WriteOnCon.com is giving away the fabulous prize of an illustration critique with Marietta Zacker of Nancy Gallt Literary. The winner will get to have 10-20 images personally critiqued by Marietta. Just visit the blog and comment on the post!
After a long time in the works I’m happy to have the new site up and running! I’m looking forward to being able to share sketches, updates, new illustrations, and helpful notes and resources.
A few specifics on the site – what I chose, and why: My previous site was built in Flash; beautifully designed, functioned simply and smoothly. A big thanks to my super talented husband who built it for me!
My beautiful old Flash site
Unfortunately iPods/Pads don’t support Flash sites, and I’ve learned it’s essential to go with an html site that’s easily accessible from all media. So I had to bite the bullet and let go of my site. While it’s a lot of work to build a new one, I saw this as a great opportunity to create a site that would function as both a blog and portfolio website, something I’ve been wanting to do for awhile. I needed to have the ability to customize the look of the site, while being able to easily update it without needing to know any html coding or CSS (or more likely, have someone else do it for me). After a bit of research the option that seemed best was using WordPress with the Headway theme. The steps involved included:
– downloading the files from WordPress.org
– getting it installed on my web-host for my domain name (which took some calls to GoDaddy support)
– buying the Headway theme and uploading it to WordPress
– building the site
Headway is a theme that allows for designing the site layout easily and visually. It also features a photo gallery plugin with thumbnails that works great for portfolio navigation. Here’s an idea of what it looks like in the works:
Now that all that technical work is complete, last step – keep on posting!
New illustration blog and portfolio website coming soon, ETA February 2011.
In the meantime, please visit my current website at:
Check back soon!