Exciting news, friends! Registration is now open for Inkwell: Story Warren’s Family Conference.
Inkwell: Story Warren’s Family Conference
An event for children aged 7 to 17 and their parents
Saturday, June 21
8:30am — 4pm
From the event page:
Story Warren is all about an alliance. We’re on your side. Our heartbeat is serving your family as you foster holy imagination at home and in your church/community…
In This Together: About the Kids, For the Family
We are focusing on the kids for (and with) the families. We aren’t just aiming to serve your kids, but to serve your family through your kids…
The Four Rotating Sessions Will Be:
Andrew Peterson — Writing/Storytelling
Zach Franzen — Drawing/Illustration
Rebecca Reynolds — Poetry/Lyrics
Randall Goodgame — Songwriting/Music
It’s going to be great. Seriously. Register now.
Here is a painting I did for the nursery of my little 8 mo. old baby bird.
And here’s my baby bird.
Did this Cardinal for James Witmer’s story warren post (The Brave Cardinal) a few weeks ago.
I contribute occasionally to a site called Storywarren. Starting this week, every Friday will feature a story, or poem, or song for kids. Some will be new, but some will be old. This Friday’s post is an old story about a young Alexander the Great and his horse Bucephalus. I did the illustration below in photoshop.
The great thing about photoshop is that you can thumbnail by zooming out. I roughed-in the necessary elements until I found something sort of satisfactory.
The eye scans the picture better if the composition is flipped. So I flipped the sketch and roughed in the values.
Next, I tightened the drawing up a bit. I wanted it to be a little loose but not unreadable.
Lastly, I tweaked a few things and added a subtle color gradient for interest.
And there you have it: Alexander and Bucephalus, or as the kids in the neighborhood used to call them, Al and Butch.
Loved listening to the songs on Randall Goodgame’s Slugs and Bugs album while working on the illustrations. You can learn more about it here and here.
Here’s another attempt to evoke the mood of Charles Dickens’ stories.
One of the new pieces in my etsy shop.
Here is a framed Buffalo drawing for sale in my etsy shop. It also is charcoal on vellum on graphite on paper.
Another piece available from my etsy shop.