Scene from my desk… bunny & daffodil sketch resolved this morning.

Scene from my desk… bunny & daffodil sketch resolved this morning.

Working on the composition for the April illustration…

Rush playlist… sort of chronological. Not entirely chronological…

Rush playlist… sort of chronological. Not entirely chronological…

Scene from my desk… the illustration is done.

Scene from my desk… the illustration is done.

The luna moth - irises picture is done.
(aside from the part where it needs a name)

Sometimes in the present I want a time machine… so that I can go back and tell some younger version of me: “Hey, you’ll think this is funny and weird. But of all the things you will ever draw — pictures of laundry are the ones that people are going to want. Yes, I said laundry, as in items hanging from a clothesline.”

I expect younger me to be amused.

Sometimes in the present I want a time machine… so that I can go back and tell some younger version of me: “Hey, you’ll think this is funny and weird. But of all the things you will ever draw — pictures of laundry are the ones that people are going to want. Yes, I said laundry, as in items hanging from a clothesline.”

I expect younger me to be amused.

spring goldfinches color block for the illustration…

spring goldfinches color block for the illustration…

Progress on the calendar illustrations. 
Birds, trees, moons, flowers, and moths are dominating so far in the repetitive theme department. There is, of course, an iris picture, a tulip picture, a cardinal picture, a clothesline picture, a bluebird picture, and something with hummingbirds.

The Christmas picture and the obligatory spring-bunny picture are still unresolved. August would be further along, but at the present moment I’m using my breaks and lunches at work to ink the poppies. The seeds and centers on the flowers take a long time to render.

I have 18 weeks to finish 9 illustrations… assuming that I intend to assemble it at the last possible moment. May & June are actually done; “complete” just means the final illustration needs to be scanned. Ah, technicalities.

Progress on the calendar illustrations.
Birds, trees, moons, flowers, and moths are dominating so far in the repetitive theme department. There is, of course, an iris picture, a tulip picture, a cardinal picture, a clothesline picture, a bluebird picture, and something with hummingbirds.

The Christmas picture and the obligatory spring-bunny picture are still unresolved. August would be further along, but at the present moment I’m using my breaks and lunches at work to ink the poppies. The seeds and centers on the flowers take a long time to render.

I have 18 weeks to finish 9 illustrations… assuming that I intend to assemble it at the last possible moment. May & June are actually done; “complete” just means the final illustration needs to be scanned. Ah, technicalities.

That paintbrush on my desk…

It’s there. It’s omnipresent, right along with the prismacolors, the pencil sharpeners, and the bird knick-knacks. Since I draw with prismacolors, its presence may seem like an anomaly. It does actually serve a function.

The paintbrush is there to brush away unwanted wax. When you build up layers of color with pencils and finally burnish them into one solid block (either with a color or a colorless blender) there is usually wax residue that either breaks off the pencil or gets pushed off the paper. Brushing it away with a paintbrush is the most efficient way of getting rid of it.

Sure, you could blow on it, and also accidentally spit on your picture. Or you could try to brush it away with your hand, which will smear it all the way across your picture. Or, I suppose you could pick the picture up and shake it, and risk denting or folding the picture in the process.

So, yeah, brush the wax crumbs away with a paintbrush.
And you can burnish with it too.