Sunday, 30 October 2011

Art, art and more art, plus another picture book!

I've had a real good week of art, art and more art.
I've painted lots of birds, even some miniatures on feathers.
I have a pretty blackbird who visits the garden a lot and he has been painted many times.
My garden birds sell well on ebay because I think people love to buy a painting of the
birds they see in their own gardens.
Along with the blackbird a cheeky robin has been visiting too and puffing himself up in the cold.
I painted him in snow as the contrast is effective.
With half term here in England, I've had no art lesson, except with my adult pupils, so I've had a little time!
And when I've got time I write and paint. So along with my painting, I've written another child's
picture ebook; all about slugs!
So now I've got the fun of doing all the artwork for it!
It'll be a few weeks before it'll be on Amazon, but my others are doing so well, which means people
like my work. This in turn, inspires me to do more.

Sunday, 23 October 2011

Artwork and Picture Books.

Hi, I've been real busy!
I've sold some paintings on ebay tonight, with a couple going to America. This makes me feel good, that people give me some of their hard earned money, for my art. It's a big confidence boost!
Also, a client of mine has seen the first drafts of artwork for his picture book series, soon to be on Amazon Kindle ebooks, and he's really happy with the first pictures. If my client is happy, than I'm happy!
It's quite nerve racking to design or create characters that are in someone else's mind, but he's a good client, who lets me create what I see in the story, which helps. It's much easier to do the artwork on my own picture books!
Once the picture book is up and running I'll post a picture or two on here!
Meanwhile check out the art work from my other books that are on Amazon Kindle ebooks:
"A Little Bear Behind..." - Traditional sketches with minimal colour for impact.
"Hairy Scary Spider!" - A mixture of traditional drawing and digital artwork.
"Little Chicks First Day." - Traditional sketches, full of colour.
"The Great Anwen Sheep Singing Contest." Sketches, that are layered for depth and digital enhancements to maximise the effect for display on electronic media.

Tuesday, 11 October 2011

I've been painting with big brushes this week - I'm decorating the kitchen!
I have had a little time to paint some birds though, in water-colours and I'm
working on some black and white sketches for someone's book along with
some cartoon characters for someone else's picture book.
I also have had some great art lessons with my students this week - they
keep me on my toes!
My picture books are doing well on Amazon, "The Great Anwen Sheep Singing
Contest" is popular in America! as is "Little Chicks first Day."
Has anyone else had success in America? I'd love to hear about it!
In the UK "Hairy Scary Spider!" is my best seller with "A Little Bear Behind."
doing well too.
There doesn't seem to be a pattern for selling though, I thought bad weather in
the UK would mean more sales, (more stay at home?) and good weather would
mean less sales, (people go out more!) but it seems not.
Anyone else have any views on this?