Gourds and Kings

I am on vacation and am relaxing a little. But to prepare for a new season of art and studying, I am also taking some online drawing classes. You can always learn something new.

I also found a gourd that we had in our guest room. My parents grew it last summer and dried it, I got to paint it. I went with an African-inspired pattern, though I am aware that there are many different “African” art styles from different cultures. Not trying to copy a particular look, just having fun with patterns here :)

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And I also am getting further along in designing the characters for my book “Somehow Something is Missing!”.  I did some work on the king character, trying to figure out his colors, shapes and facial expressions. I have a clearer idea what he will look like, but it’s not 100% set yet. They say that you should draw at least 100 versions of your character before settling for a design. I think that’s pretty accurate. I did about that much, maybe not quite. But I’m getting close. :)

And for good measure, here are some pictures of the finished palette shelf and of a hawk mask that I made. (Because, hawks are awsome ;) )

Some Sketches for “Chasing Chickens”

I started sketching for my story “Chasing Chickens”, getting some ideas in for the main characters.

The chickens are loose! But why, what do they want, and how do you get them back to the farm? After chasing the chickens all over town, it turns out they’re on strike! When the farmer promises better treats, they come to reason. Thank goodness! All is well now, but whether mom will believe what happened, is another story…

These are the main characters:

  • “the mayor” is a big guy, fat and has cheery eyes
  • “the farmer” is modeled after the painter Van Gogh, but softened up a little. A bit nervous, awkward, well-meaning
  • “Dan” (the narrator’s best friend), about 6-7 years old. A white kid, slightly self-important, curious
  • “Gabe” (the narrator), about 5-6 years old. A black kid, fit, curious, looks up to Dan
  • “the Chickens”. mischievous, smart, demanding