Thursday, April 12, 2012

New beginnings

I'm giving this blog a good shake to the shoulders - wake up! Something's happening!!

About a month ago I decided I NEEDED a hobby. Although saying that I write for children is fun and allows me to hang out with super amazing people at SCBWI meetings, I got tired of repeating the same old line about being too tired to write at the moment. I guess the fact is that although I enjoy writing, it involves way too much rational thought at the end of a long day of child wrangling.

So ... illustrating ... how YOU doin'? Yep, I'm looking at you. I have always been a fan, but considered myself not gifted in that way. Well, after giving it some thought I realised that I enjoy taking pictures that tell stories, so why not try making pictures that tell stories? 

When I really stopped to think about it, I realised that I have some handy stuff in my toolkit that might just be useful. So at the moment I'm using every spare minute to dabble in sketching, watercolour and digital rendering. I feel so excited that I can't really put it into words. It's a really cool place to be.

So if you're out there in blog land and you have some words of advice, please go right ahead and share. If not, I'm just going to be doing whatever I feel like and I'll let you know what happens :)

Oh - and by the way, I am absolutely thrilled to have found Will Terry's online tutorials. So far I've watched How to Illustrate Children's Picture Books and am working through Digital Painting in Photoshop I've also been really impressed with what he has on his blog. I feel like I've struck gold, here!

Here's a picture of the first watercolour I did a few weeks ago. It was finished within 24 hours. I was so proud that I framed it (and learned that stretching paper first is a really good idea - a few wibbly wobbly bits under the pristine glass :P )



Will Terry said...

Thanks for the kind words Caz! I wish you all the success you will inevitably work for! If you love it you'll do just fine - it takes time but we have a lifetime of that right?

Caz Williams said...

Thanks for taking the time to stop by, Will! Yes I intend to keep building up those hours! To 10,000 and beyond! :)

Anonymous said...

Awesome...loving your stuff Caz. I can't believe you pretended you weren't an ilustrator for so long. You're rocking it!

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