All posts tagged: illustration

“Anything You Can Do I Can Do”…But Why Should I?: Creating My Way

First, the title of this article is not necessarily true in and of its self, but I am trying to paint a picture with words here, so follow along, will you? I am not sure if you are familiar with the old musical “Annie Get Your Gun” starring Betty Hutton and Howard Keel. In the movie, there is a song that they sing to each other. It’s more two people shooting arrogant verse at each other as if they are bullets. “Anything you can do I can do better. I can do anything better than you.” As creatives, we are all looking for our own place in the world, our own voice. Even when and while we are inspired by and appreciate the expressions of others, we can sometimes find ourselves looking at fellow creatives with competitive eyes. “I can do that and I can do it better. Maybe I should try.” Being human, no matter what we are aiming to do, we can all go ahead and admit we’ve  done that once or twice.  …

News for a New Month: Actions and Progress from June 1st NaNoWriMo and Such

Happy June 1st, lovelies! I don’t know about you, but I, since 2013 have held a great anticipation for this month. Why? Because I since that year have been using this 30 day period as my own NaNoWriMo. No, I have never participated in November as I find June to be the perfect mid-way mark of a year to focus on such a task as writing  a novel in 30 days. Here in the States, June, unlike November has not national holiday, so there is not a single day that must be dedicated to any other celebration besides being creative. With that in mind, I have to mention that today is the one year anniversary for Ascension Graveyard. Bless that novel, it is a year old and still not finished. That being said, I have decided to not use June to write anything new BUT to correct the errors that I have made within the plot of Ascension Graveyard. This month (should other plans tarry) shall be used in trimming AG’s fat and cutting out …

Leo and Diane Dillon: Art Heroes of Mine

Last year-when I started this blog-I spent the better part of it really warming up or getting myself re-acclimated to the climate of creativity. Before that, before my 10 artistic soul revival in London and Ireland, I had been trapped in somewhat of a creative prison. Perfection had held me hostage, so much so that I would purchase new art supplies but I would never use them out of fear of “messing them up.” Praise Yeshua Jesus I am far beyond that place even though there are times that I am tempted to take on that old mind set. So last year I stole away 15 minutes or so whenever I could to do a sketch or write a few words. Out of these exercise came the birth of new novel ideas as well as artistic collections. In our attempts to find “self”, we must look to those who inspire us the most. ~Candice Coates This year I want to take things to the next step. I would like to try my hand at spring-boarding …