This year I will participate once more in the art challenges #INKTOBER and #DRAWLLOWEEN on Instagram. It’s a personal challenge for everyone that wants to take part where you get a prompt list with 31 words that should be addressed in the artistic work. I chose to combine the two lists of Inktober and Drawlloween to challenge myself. I will only use Pen & Ink on paper and try to make up little stories to go with the illustrations.
Here is the prompt list for #INKTOBER :
Here you can see what Mab Graves put on her list for #DRAWLLOWEEN :
I have already so many ideas in my head and I can’t wait to bring them all to paper! I have created an album that I will update with my newest creations!
I definitely encourage everyone to check out the hashtags on social media to see all the great work of other artists.
PS: Here is a pretty nice post about #Inktober!
Seattle, the beautiful emerald city in the Pacific Northwest isn’t just home of delicious food and breathtaking landscapes, it’s also the place where you can spend many days wandering through the Century Link Event Center, admiring art of all kinds and talk to lots of people from the creative industry.
This year the Seattle Art Fair impressed with a huge selection of galleries, museums, and cultural institutions, interesting talks and art walks.
I spent more than 2 days at the fair and its additional program and my head feels like it’s overflowing with all the things I’ve seen an learned.
I wanted to enjoy the art and not worry about taking notes or preparing anything (as I was in the middle of a move), so I will share some of my impressions with you.
On the lookout for great art and nice people
Today I joined the “SCBWI“, the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.
I was at a BBQ last year and I met a woman who told me about the Society and I was intrigued. But I didn’t feel comfortable enough to sign up, but today’s the day! I signed up and I will upload some images to my gallery there and I hope that they will be liked by others. I’m also looking forward to getting some critique so I can develop and improve my work as an artist.
I just love children’s books and my wish is to illustrate children’s books in the future. I think books, in general, are important for every person, but even more for children who have a different view of the world and are growing and discovering every day. I want to give children the opportunity to have a fun experience with books so they keep on reading when they become grown-ups and share their love for stories and pictures with their children and grandchildren. I remember when I learned how to read that it opened a door for me into fantastic worlds I could have never imagined. With the help of my precious library card I went on adventures, discovered new things and I was always learning something new that fascinated me. When I grew older I switched from the more positive centered world of children’s books to literature for teens and I learned to cope with cruel characters and stories that don’t always have a happy ending. I even started to pick topics (like psychology, biology, drugs, cults, …) I tried to read as much about as I could find in our small local library. And I always enjoyed coming back to picture books and children’s books when I read them to my smaller siblings, my cousins or the children I was taking care at a summer camp I volunteered at.
So here I am, painting pictures, hoping that a child out there finds themselves in the adventures of the story. And I hope the SCBWI will help me get discovered by them.
My Profile on SCBWI.
Off to new shores!