Spring…

Saturday May 17, 2008

Wow… I haven’t posted anything in here since February. I guess I kinda fell off the wagon with that resolution. Oh well … will try to get back into it again. At least the weather is nicer… and my hair is growing back. I haven’t gotten a cut since the infamous cut back in February. I’m hoping that it will be long enough for the hairdresser to work with in a couple weeks. I have to look good for my brother’s wedding… and my 40th birthday. That’s coming up too soon. We’re about half way into May… and it’s the long weekend (Victoria Day weekend) here in Canada. This morning it rained and I was kinda annoyed, because I wanted to start working in the yard. It’s a mess. This afternoon it kinda cleared a bit and I was able to tackle the jungle out there AKA the back yard. We only have a little manual push mower which is just a step up from cutting the yard with scissors IMO. The first cut of the season is always the worst… and you have to make sure that you keep up with the cutting and not let it slide. Unfortunately… letting it slide is something that normally happens around here… either due to rain or laziness. Anyway… it looks better than it did… but the yard needs alot of TLC. It smelled wonderful under the apple tree. Apple blossoms. The trees are almost pure white. I just took some pictures of it for my reference library that I’m building….

apple tree in bloom

I’m gonna go around with my camera & take some pictures of other flowering trees & bushes around the neighborhood this weekend. It’s just so beautiful around this time of year.

In other news, I’ve agreed to illustrate another book for Pemmican this summer… I need to finish it by the end of August. That’s gonna keep me on my toes. I’ve been rather busy doing design work for the past 7 weeks. I finally got around to doing some sketching for it last weekend. I think this book is going to be really fun to illustrate. The story lends itself more to a more cartoony & whimsical illustration style than my previous book. I love working in that genre. I’ve already fallen in love with the characters… an odd thing to say… but I do that from time to time whenever I create characters. But what’s more interesting about this… is that the characters that I’ve fallen in love with are human… for me that is rare. I’m planning on getting a Wacom Tablet & painting this book on the computer. I love my watercolors but I’m never happy with the colors when they are scanned in. The greens & purples just never replicate on screen & print. When you paint on the computer… what you see is what you get. The color is way purer. Also, I have beautiful light detail in my paintings that the scanner never seems to pick up, which is kinda annoying to say the least. I used a tablet at Image Craft when I worked there. I miss the tablet, even for my design work. Though I’m getting used of the mouse, using the pen is just a lot quicker for some things. So I’ve been looking into the tablets and trying to decide which one is best for me. That’s been kinda fun. Today I was looking at the Cintiq … have a look at this:

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I think that’s the one that’s best for me… but unfortunately I don’t have that kind of money. (it costs about the same as a yearling bull was going for when I lived on the farm… LOL!)  So… I’m thinking of getting the Intuos 3 (6×8) tablet which is a step up from the one I had at work (Graphire). I have a feeling I’m gonna like it too.

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