Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Multiplying like bunnies

Uh, I guess I've become an "occasional" blogger. I don't know why sometimes I want to blog like 5 times in a day, then I'll go for a week (or two) without anything. I imagine it is like when you wait too long to thank someone for something, then it becomes embarrassing to thank them at such a late time and you just keep putting it off, but the longer you put it off, the worse it gets.... Wow - was that a run-on sentence or what? Holy cow, I'm tired.

So, back to what I originally was going to post about: bunnies. My mom was visiting last week (hooray!), and we got a lot accomplished! She brought her original watercolors she did for these baskets, and I scanned them into my computer. I used my uber-cool new printer to print some amazing stickers from her artwork.

We decided that we should make a set of stickers featuring 5 different bunnies - kind of like a
sampler of our work. So, she got to work the next day doing more watercolors, and I got to work doing some sketches. Well, that is not totally true. My mom dutifully did some new paintings while I napped with the kids.

But, while the kids were coloring later, I snuck a crayon and some scrap paper and sketched a crazy edgy blue bunny. Then I started cutting shards from my kids' scrap to glue on. You know how you have to craft "with" the kids to keep them interested. I didn't think it was anything, but then my mom liked it, and then I liked it, and voila! I scanned it in and played around with the colors, and came up with this even cuter pink and white hare:

Mom was only visiting for a few days :(

But, she got my creative juices flowing! I came up with the following bunny after she left, which I am rather proud of! Since I don't have any live bunnies to draw from, I googled "hare" and found a photograph I liked to sketch from... I've never had a line drawing come out so nice! I originally drew it on the back of used copy paper with a black ink pen. Then I used some clean copy paper to draw over it again and tweak it. Then I scanned it in and cleaned up the white spaces. I started deleting lines until I liked what I had. That is a trick one of my best teachers in college taught me. Do something you like (over the top if need be), then subtract from it. He was right - I really like how this turned out!

I spent a good amount of time on Saturday and Sunday taking photos of new stuff. So much time, however, that I was too tired to list it. Also, I think my kids have screwed up the settings on my camera. I went to download all the new photos, and they just didn't turn out as great as they usually do. I had great overcast natural light, and I used the same angle I usually use, but for some reason the photos look terrible. I spent a lot of time trying to "fix" them in photoshop just to make them look true-to-color. Looking back, I probably would have done better to use my time to find my camera instruction manual and fix the darn camera.... then take new photos. Oh well. Tomorrow is another day.

Besides - tomorrow is my day with my awesome babysitter, so I might actually get some work done!

1 comment:

  1. I can definitely relate to the first paragraph re: blogging. I thought I was the only one! LOL!

    I LOVE all those bunnies. The sampler stickers are a great idea. And I love your sketches!


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