Tuesday, October 21, 2008

The best way out is Through...




At one of the SCBWI conferences went to last year - someone said this "The best way out is through".. and it stuck with me. It's been several rough weeks in family life around here. I found myself almost unable to draw. Completely not in the mood - for the first time in my life. I guess this is what writer's block must feel like. So - I have forced myself to work on this one illustration for the last 3 weeks - if only for 10 mins at a time. And now it's done - and now I'm through - and now I need to get back to work.

I went to a NY Metro SCBWI evening last week. It was very informative about marketing. I'll post notes on that another day.

I also went to a critique group in L.I. - another good story.

And I'm joining up with CBIG - because the L.I. critique group was not right for me!

So- here's hoping the next several weeks bring creativity and productivity and peace back to my life.

Oh - and I bought a Fez.

14 comments:

Christina Ann Rodriguez said...

Having "artist's block" does happen to everyone...what's important is that you finished a piece and are moving on. However I would be very proud of this new illustration, it is hilarious! and the frog just cracked me up!

Alicia Padrón said...

I'm glad you kept going even though you didn't feel like it. That is very hard to do and you did it. And look at the outcome! This is wonderful! I LOVE the color scheme.. oh and love the guy eating sushi! :o)

Gina Perry said...

The painting is fantastic - great job! I love the soft color palette, very nostalgic and fitting.

I'm so glad you joined CBIG, they seem like a great group. I highly value critique groups and the support and advice they offer. Hooray!

Congratulations on working 'through' your block - looking forward to hearing about the NY SCBWI meeting.

Roberta said...

You sure accomplish a lot with that ten minutes at a time!
Fantastic work.

kathy hare said...

what a wonderful illustration!

Chrissy Fanslau said...

I know how you feel ... but you did an awesome job with this illustration! The expressions are wonderful, and it tells a good story. It's kind of large, though, you may want to put your copyright info on it so it's not misused. You never know with Orphan Works. Hope getting back on schedule gets easier soon ...

Jennifer said...

Hope things are going better, Kelly. And good quote to keep in mind! :-)

sketched out said...

What an inspiration this post has just been to me! Thanks! Glad you got "through!" Hats off to you, or should I say Fez off?

sketched out said...

Oh, did I mention that this illo is fan-freakin'-tastic too!! Well, it sure is!

-J.Meyer said...

Nice piece!
Much love for the beavers, the newspaper is fantastic.

It has a nice time period feel to it.

When I start to get artist block, I will go out alot, book stores, new places, wonder around and stare at plants and such. Take note of anything that interests you, be it an object or just how light and color interact.

Kelly Light said...

Thanks everybody- I've decided the block is a momentum issue. I've got to keep it up -by going to SCBWI meetings and conferences. By joining a kind of local group for support... trying to break into the field of children's publishing is like jumping on to a moving train - you have have built up a lot of speed - so you can leap- grab hold and get thru the door! So- back to work!-Thanks for all of the great words!!

tom barrett said...

This looks awesome!! Is that digital or traditional painting (looks great either way!).

Kelly Light said...

Thanks Tom-It's digital watercolor- on the PS file -it has paper texture that didn't show up here in the jpeg. Why? I have no idea!

Eric Barclay said...

This is beyond awesome. I really like the sushi beaver and the foreman frog. Just beautiful.

Like your horse sketches too!