Trying to get in a blog before I start blogging day to day about the Armadillo, I got a few things to say. First up I gotta talk about these baby cows we have been seeing, this is about the third one since being back. This little guy must have just been born since he looked kinda wet and the mother had some afterbirth showing. Life out on the ranch is wonderful when the babies start coming, still wish I could get close enough to pet them. Can’t wait for more goats and sheep, oh and if you want to pick up some new socks check out these bad boys now being sold from the mohair harvested out here.
We have been tying up all the loose ends, making sure we have all the parts to build our booth, got all the hangers and art all priced. We framed a few of my pieces to have a little more “art by nemo” present in the booth, I have been making drawings here and there but have just been stacking them up in a binder, I got a ton of great looking pieces I forgot about. I am not sure if I am going to take something to work on during the slow times of the show.
I have been trying to come up with comics based on the book and the book inspired paintings. I want to share a little piece of the comic I have been working on. I talk a lot about writing and drawing, which I have been working on. My drawing is coming along a little but I have been paying attention to animals and how they move and work. I am understanding how to start with basic shapes and turn them into animals, I am really having fun doing this. With the writing of a comic I have taken on another thing I have always wanted to do. Drawing a comic book has always been on my mind since I was young, almost did one with a friend but we had no drive. I have been reading online about how to do this and I read that you needed to know the back stories, hopes and dreams of each character and you need to keep a close watch on them all. So in the past week or so I have been trying to come up with stories for each of the 8 animals from the book. I am trying to build the characters based on people in my life and characters I love on TV and movies. With the writing of my blog these things do not matter cuz it’s just me and what I do but with a story line for something like this it is oh so different. I never knew what it took to write a book or a screen play. It’s like a whole other world you need to step in and out of, sort of like one of the video games where you have a whole other life and do different things in. This is going to take a lot of practice to get the hang of.
Ok, still working on this one painting on a canvas that I was given. We built sort of a frame thing to help unwarp it but it only helped a little. I am still pouring paint on it trying to hide the messed up parts and build texture. I am going to draw a big Dog head on it like the one on the cover of the book to help sell the book at shows and events. A billboard as it were.
I have also been sneaking in an hour here and there to work on Book 2. Here is the current drawing I am working on, it is a piece we are going to use to piece together to fill in the tank of the aquarium where Dog and The Panda talk to a dolphin and sting ray. Come January and February I hope to spend some real time on this book and get a lot of the animals done. I am hoping to get all this done for 2015. With the paintings I have been working on I have been getting ideas of using mixed media in the book, well maybe the next book. I got way too many ideas and no time to develop them, remember my aspen tree? How about the letters I was doing?