Wednesday, July 6, 2016

New Preview!

Okay, so the holiday weekend threw me off my game. Fireworks + me + sleep does not equal anything good and I'm currently yawning my way through this morning. But? New preview!

Thursday, June 30, 2016

New Preview!

New coloring book preview! Progress has slowed down since I started doing the new patterns, but it continues! In fact, I should be finished with the 15th design by the end of the week, halfway finished! *bounces*

Thursday, June 23, 2016

The Coloring Book Project

So, it occurred to me that... Well, I may not have really explained what I'm working on right now. I tend to do this sometimes, I tell a few people what I'm thinking and then act as if everyone knows. *rolls eyes at self* So, here's what I'm doing...

All these previews I've been posting are small snippets from larger designs that will appear in a coloring book I'm putting out entitled "Symmetricals: A Grown-Up Coloring Book." (Because it's the coloring book that's grown-up, of course. We color-ers haven't! *G*)  My plan, which is subject to change at this stage, is to have 30 unique designs, which fill up their pages, and then postcard sized versions that show off the designs themselves. Although, they can't be too small or they'll be impossible to color without a magnifying glass!

The images here are examples of what I'm talking about.  This is just one symmetrical, but it looks quite a bit different when you can see the full pattern.  The problem is that my symmetricals (by necessity) are square, but books are rectangular. Plus, they're detailed enough that I have to consider how small the shapes and lines will be if they don't fill the page. I'm hoping to strike a balance, where there are the larger images that let people get into and enjoy the details, and then the smaller ones that let them focus on the overall shape and effect of the pattern.  Am I over-thinking this? No, really, I would LOVE your opinions on this!

Anyway, each page will be one-sided, because marker bleed through sucks, right? So, I'm aiming for between 45 and 60 pages total, and to have it out in the next month or two. Certainly I'd like to have it out before the holidays. We'll see how that goes, though. I was doing a pattern a day when I was doing line work on my older designs (I've been drawing these for years), but now that I'm composing new ones, it takes longer. Some of the designs I've had for years--although sadly a whole slew of patterns were lost in Hurricane Katrina. I'm kicking myself for not scanning them all in when I had the chance because they're not something I can reproduce. But, luckily, I can draw more, so that's what I'm doing. *nods*

Thoughts? Comments? Raspberries? *G*

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

If You're Reading This, It Means I Couldn't Think of a Good Title

Yesterday there was no preview because a migraine knocked me down, but I'm back and today I have something for you!

So, I've started on the new designs, the ones I'm drawing from scratch rather than digitizing from patterns I've previously drawn, and it's so much harder. I'm glad I started on the older patterns because it meant I didn't have to compose (as much) and I could think about the actual techniques of creating them. The pen tool in Photoshop is not something you just pick up and start wielding competently. The line work I've been doing, and those first symmetricals, really helped me get a handle on some of the finer details of working with it, which means that now I can actually think about the composition.

Still, composing them takes longer and requires more thought and attention. I've been working about 10-12 hours a day for the last two weeks, since I decided to do the coloring book (excepting weekends, which I've so far managed to take off) and most of that is down and dirty 'arting', building them line by line.  It took me a day of work to do a pattern I'd already drawn, and now it's taking me about two to three times as long to do the new patterns.

What this means, in practical posting terms, is that I probably won't have a preview every day from here on out.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Today's Symmetrical Preview!

Today’s preview! Still working on this one, but it’s great to be doing the new designs. All the previous ones were based on symmetricals I’d drawn by hand over the years, but this one is completely new!

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Today's Preview!

So, here's what I spent much of yesterday working on! The designs are coming along and the more of them I finish, the more I start thinking about everything else I need to do for the coloring book. There's still so much formatting to consider, so I've been snatching moments here and there to brush up on my InDesign skills. I'm also considering how I want to format the designs, whether they should take up a whole page each, or if I want the person coloring it to be able to see and color around the outer edge and the shape, or if there's a way to do both.

I'm trying not to get too caught up in all of that, though. I'm obsessing enough about my lines!

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Brain No Work

This morning is not looking good for brain function.  But! I am still managing to get some work done.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

7 of 30!

Okay, so it may not seem like much, but I'm about a quarter of the way through the 30 designs I've planned for the coloring book! *bounces* This makes me so excited, and it feels like a huge milestone.

On today's preview!

Monday, June 13, 2016


So, I took the weekend off and you know what? The world didn't end! This is something of which I need to frequently remind myself. I tend to be a bulldog once I start a project, I have a very hard time putting it aside for anything at all, but after a weekend of not 'arting' I've already (this morning) finished one pattern and nearly finished a second!

And, now to today's preview!

Friday, June 10, 2016

Coloring Book Preview!

Today's bit of art is a preview of the symmetrical I'm working on.  It's a complicated one, but it's been fun.  Well, mostly fun. Yesterday I kept making little mistakes that snowballed and that wasn't my favorite thing ever.