Here’s a map I did for my portfolio…..Chincoteague is one of my favorite places to go. It has a small town charm and the added bonus of wild ponies. It was featured many years ago, in the story “Misty of Chincoteague” by Marguerite Henry. She wrote several books featuring Misty and this charming island. Misty is a big part of the island’s mystique.
I grew up reading the stories and back before the internet, the only way you could see these sort of places were to go there or view them through the eyes of a photographer or illustrator. I viewed Chincoteague through the illustrations of Wesley Dennis. The first time I saw Chincoteague and Assateague in person (the undeveloped barrier island to Chincoteague), I felt like I’ve always known the place.
Chincoteague will always have a spot in my heart and although I have only visited and painted there, I feel that it is a part of me and who I am.
I took a class to learn how to build up my portfolio for editorial work. It was a good class. I stepped out of my comfort zone and did the class projects on Procreate. I prefer to use the good old fashioned way to create art but wanted to see what I could do with digital media. Sometimes it is just easier to use digital because I only need to take my iPad with me as it allows me to travel light.
The subject matter presented to the class were articles about how bad cows (beef) are for the planet and how going vegan and planting trees could reverse some effects of climate change. Seems logical to me that growing more plants, planting more trees, especially food producing trees just make more sense, right? And in light of the current virus running rampant in China, it just seems to make more sense to avoid animal protein, wash your produce carefully and eat better.
Eating sustainably isn’t easy. It’s a tough choice. Especially since so many foods and recipes have something from an animal in them. When coming up with my idea I thought about the different species on the planet that would benefit from choices that I make. You see things in the news about animals like polar bears and koalas and you think to yourself “do I really want to be responsible for killing the planet and these beautiful creatures?”
Changing diet is just one change of many that need to be done. Buying green vehicles, living in a smaller footprint like tiny homes and even a home vegetable garden are just small ways of making a big change.
We are slowly getting things more settled and my temporary studio in the garage is looking much more organized. During the move, I had been taking a Lilla Rogers class for artists looking to fine tune their skills and build a portfolio for illustration.
It was tough moving and working on assignments for the class, which ended this week. I never took one of these classes before and I didn’t know what to expect or what was expected of the students. I liked how the class was formatted and I learned a lot.
The portfolio building assignment was based on illustrating a song by Lizzo called “Truth Hurts.” One part of her lyrics refer to Lizzo going to her hair stylist to getting a man washed out of her hair which made me think of “South Pacific” and the scene where the nurse wants to wash “that man right out of her hair.” That stuck out in my head so here’s my illustration, done entirely in Procreate on my iPad because my art supplies were packed….