Thursday, March 1, 2012

The Blahs

I can tell already this will be a 'blah' post.  I have the winter blues.  I am so ready for spring, and everything around me just feels grey and blah, and I'm so unmotivated to get anything done.  I've been working on an illustration, and can tell my attitude shows through in it.  It's just blah.  I wasn't feelin' it. Here it is in progress:
It's for a small cell phone pocket purse, made by my same client that does all of the big tote bags. This illustration will go on the hang-tag as well as the display-unit topper.  I was feeling pretty good about the initial pencil and ink drawing, above.  Here it is with color added (the paper is actually white, but I can't seem to take a picture of it without it turning grey):
I'm starting to not like it anymore at this stage because I was using a new batch of my illustration board that costs a fortune, but it was faulty.  My watercolors seeped into the paper very blotchy and unevenly, especially on the skin-tones. So frustrating.  I had to overcompensate for the blotchy-ness while shading it, and was just. not. feeling it!
This is the final art, above.  The little purse is left blank, so that any of the designs can be dropped in digitally.  It's going to be enlarged quite a bit for the display unit, so I'm especially worried about the blotchy-ness. All flaws get greatly enlarged when a piece is blown up.

It's overworked and stiff.  It's just blah. Just like how I'm feeling these days.  I need some sunshine and a break from the rut I'm in.  Next post will be more chipper.  I'm getting some fun crafty stuff together for a couple of Spring Boutiques.  Maybe the sun will be shining by then.


  1. I looks perfect to me, really! I think we're our own worse critics sometime. What a good idea to be able to paste in any design. Spring is near:-)

    1. Thanks. I am definitely my own worst critic, and a terrible perfectionist. Gets me in trouble sometimes, and drives people around me nuts. Yes, spring is near; hoping the cloud above me will soon be gone :-)

  2. Maggie- I remember your art work from Daisy Kingdom (where I grew up!) I was always in awe of your work. I hope you are well and love your work always.
    Traci Douglas

    1. Hi Traci--I don't know if you'll check back here, but it was so nice to hear from you! I remember you (and your mom) from "the good old days" at DK! After all these years, I'm STILL doing artwork for Patty, just not so much of it. Hope you are doing well, and thanks so much for brightening my day.....