Monday, June 27, 2011
I did several loads of laundry.
I got the guest room (laundry room) ready for summer visitors.
I signed the kids up for parks and rec.
We went to a park and recreated.
Took the kids to the doctor for the yearly check-up.
Went to the neighbor's house to sit in the shade with an ice coffee while the kids swam in the neighbor's pool.
Now it is after supper and I am alone in the studio for a little while.
So, the plan for the summer is to sneak up here or sneak the laptop into the house whenever I get a chance.
I plan on keeping up with Illustration Friday and I hope to have enough time to work on some picture books that I have started.
I am also thinking about taking an online Adobe Illustrator course to sharpen my skills. I have gotten pretty comfortable working with Corel Painter and Adobe Photoshop but I have avoided really diving in with Illustrator.
I taught myself Photoshop and Painter by using online tutorials and books from the library. This method is cost efficient but not time efficient. A class would keep me on task.
I am having a good time working digitally. I am at the point where I am drawing my preliminary sketches with the pen tablet. The first time I used the tablet it felt like driving stick-shift in London when I am used to driving automatic on the U.S. Interstate.
A year ago I was only using software for clean-up and coloring of scanned images.
I'd like to change the saying to, "You can teach some old dogs, some new tricks".
Enjoy the summer, my favorite season.