Life Changes, and Changes again…

Life, The Child, Traditional Media
Amanda Raquel Worr 2015

Amanda Raquel Worr 2015

Time marches on and I’ve been savoring every moment of it recently.  Haveing  two young children is amazing, exhausting and I love it.  I don’t have much time to myself nor do I have much time to work, as it is I’m having to stop writing this every few minutes to look at what my three year old has made, or help my six month old reach a toy, or once again put together a healthy snack because they are hungry again.

The cliches are however true, and this time goes by so fast.  The last six months since my youngest son was born has gone by faster than I would like and already he is sitting up and trying to crawl.  It’s an amazing time because he is learning so much so fast, and I find it fasinating when he discovers something new.

My three year old is hilarious and makes me laugh all day long, next fall he will be starting kindergarden and I will miss his silly company.  I will at that point have a little more time to work during the days, but I will have to decide whether or not to put his little brother into daycare.  I’ve been staying home during the week for the past three years, and working part-time evenings and weekends.  It had been grueling working late nights and having to wake up early with a hungry toddler, but we made it work.

I would like to change things after this current mat leave.  If I can spend my evenings and weekends making and illustrating instead of working elsewhere I feel like we would have a better quality of life.  It will be more work in the begining but I’ve made a resolution of sorts, to be the change I want to see in my life.

We will be moving this year, although we haven’t decided where we are going yet.  I am determined to bring into fruition my vision of our future.  It’s exciting and daunting since we are in the planning and organizing phase.  I find myself drawing up brainstorm idea pages for five year plans and life goals and going over them with my husband to see which ones jive with him.

Amanda Raquel Worr 2015

Amanda Raquel Worr 2015

So I guess time will tell where this goes and where we will end up.  All I can do is live my life the best way I know how.

Illustration Friday ‘creature’

Children's Book Illustration Promotions, illustration friday, Ink on Paper, Life, Portfolio, The Child, Traditional Media, watercolour

monster 1

I have quite a few creature images that I have done over the years.  These are a few of my favourites, they are ink drawings painted with water colours.

imaginary friend

koi girl

 

bedtime buddy

I’m also making the little man’s halloween costume today, so when I finish I’ll post up some photo’s of it.  : )

Bedtime isn’t always welcome

Children's Book Illustration Promotions, Digital Paint, In my Brain then on to Paper, Life, The Child

nosleepytime1

Nap time is often a challenge and now that he’s talking, he lets me know.

 

A brave swimmer makes a friend

illustration friday, Ink on Paper, Portfolio

braveswimmer

Illustration Friday theme ‘swim’.

Yesterday for Illustration Friday

illustration friday, Ink on Paper, Life, Sketchbook, The Child

I’ve been thinking about how quickly my little guy is growing and learning.  It amazes me how he learns new things everyday and is getting taller and taller.  I still call him my baby but he’s much more of a toddler now, walking, talking and getting into mischief.  It feels like just yesterday he was a tiny baby swaddled in my arms, now he’s an active toddler and who knows how he’ll change tomorrow.

portraitframe

Toddler in a Box eating an Apple

Ink on Paper, Life, Sketchbook, The Child

boybox1

My little guy really loves boxes!  He likes it best when we push him around in one like its a car, but just relaxing with a snack is pretty good too.

Ink on Paper

Ink on Paper, Life, On my Desk, The Child, Work in Progress

Every once in a while I have a burst of creative energy that inspires me to just draw.  It’s not planned and organized and more often than not I just end up doodling.  But the other day I drew some things that I really like, and it did start out as a doodle but by the end of the day I had a couple drawings of Aaron that I was happy with.

Starts with B

This time of year always has me reevaluating what I’ve done the year before and what I want to do this year.  The boredom of winter makes me restless as well, I feel the need to reorganize my weeks and improve my work situation.  As it is I don’t have a dedicated work space, the apartment has been toddler proofed so all of my drawing supplies are kept in our bedroom until I need to use them.  The dinning table then turns into my desk, until dinner time when I have to pack it all up again.

I wonder how other parents work from home but still keep the space kid friendly?

Vector drawing is a challenge

In my Brain then on to Paper, Life, On my Desk, Portfolio, Vector Drawing, Work in Progress

Most of my artistic experiences had been in traditional media, I drew on paper with a pencil, paint with a brush on canvas and print with blocks of wood on handmade paper.  More recently I’ve had to scale back on how much time, space and resources I put into making art.  I still have boxes and boxes of artworks and supplies, but I find myself using these less often and some now, not at all.  The tools that have gotten the most use in the last few years have all been new technology.

My computer is the main piece of equipment along with my tablet and scanner, they are my new tools of the trade.  I do still do a lot of drawing in my sketch book, but after that it’s brought in to my computer and finished there.

In the early days of working from my computer I used to finish a painting, then scan it in and just do the editing and touchups in photoshop.  But now I’m finding that I want to create entire pieces on just the computer, this means I need to learn something I’ve been avoiding for a long time.  Adobe Illustrator, I’ve been using this program casually for five or six years now, but I’ve never really invested the time to really sink my teeth into it the way I did with photoshop.  At this point in my life I need to look at more effective ways of creating my images, so I get the most out of my time, space and resources.

I’ve been working on a few images over the past two days and really working on picking up new skills so that I can create the images that I want.  The most challenging thing I find about creating vector images is how sterile the images look to me compared to my other work.  I’m used to tactile media and lots of textures, and recreating that digitally has changed the feeling in a lot of my work.

My next step today is to create a simple image with the warmth and tactile feeling of a mixed media painting.  Wish me luck!

Portfolio site frustrations

Portfolio


I spent the day fixing the bugs on my portfolio site, and while I was at it I also changed the colour scheme.  I had to fix and upload it over a dozen times before I got it right.  I had started fixing it last night and I ended up just getting frustrated and leaving it until today.  Some pages had text that was not showing up, the links and buttons were not working properly, the album function did not work at all at one point and each time I fixed something I’d find another part that was not doing what it was supposed to.

Despite all of this, after many hours of work I am now happy with it.

Enjoy

Discoveries in Digital

Experimental, Ink on Paper, watercolour

I’ve been working quite a lot in ink lately and I’m loving the feel of the rough brushstrokes and fine detail it creates.  The problem I’ve been having with it though is with colouring it afterwards, I don’t like the look of the paint that is brought in afterwards.  It’s a painstaking process that often leaves me frustrated.  So I’ve instead been trying some different colouring techniques in photoshop and I’ve been quite happy with the results.  The colours are vibrant and with all of the texture of the original drawing.