An Illustrated History

Yes To…

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(a pop of red, and a tiny plane; self-portrait!; a back-lit leaf; more bare branches)

…enjoying blue skies and luscious light (even if it slows down my usually rigorous walking pace). My neighborhood was so pretty and golden yesterday afternoon. The trees are becoming more and more bare, and I’m getting more creative about layering my work-out gear.

I also spent some time with my sketchbook last night, and came up with this optimistic little spread:

(photo cropped and enhanced with some Instagram magic– love how the paper’s texture becomes so apparent)

(scanned version with crisp lines and truer colors)

When it comes to translating my hand-drawn art into a digital format, I love having options; my scanner provides the most faithful images (that is, if I wrestle my bulging/wrinkly sketchbook into the right position), but I’ve found that I also like taking photos with my iPhone. The photos definitely add some personality, and document my drawings’ tactile qualities. You get more of a sense of the materials– the toothiness of my sketchbook’s pages, the crinkles that occur with collages and wet media– and can see traces of the process of making.

The inspiration for this image came from a model’s pose in a J Crew catalog (Fall 2008!) that I’ve hoarded. The silhouette/cut of the clothes is pulled from that photograph, but the color/design elements are from my own imagination. 🙂

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