Book 3: People
Can I tell you how excited I am to have a blog hop for this book? I am Thrilled! Colleen worked so hard to pull together all the finishing touches to make this book a reality. I had a lot of fun working with her to create the tutorial images. We really wanted to get a wide variety of looks and styles into this book, and I feel that we succeeded.
Today we are doing a very special blog hop, in honor of the Copic Coloring Guide, Level 3: People. I was asked to share my favorite project from the book, and while I really love my card project, I must say that one image I had the most fun drawing and coloring was my Author image/self portrait.
You can see here how much I enjoy coloring. I love this image. It is me in an idealized world. Nowadays, I am usually sitting at my desk, coloring and working on something that needs to go straight onto my computer because it was due last week. Not quite as much fun as laying on the floor, just happily drawing whatever I want.
I really don't like self-portraits. I hated those assignments in art school, and I never liked drawing myself in a realistic manner...so I wouldn't. I almost always draw myself as a comic. The hair length is usually reflective of actual length at the time of drawing. Here's a self-portrait form a 2008 blog post. You can see in this image I have shorter hair. Some artists never change the way they draw their self-portrait, and so it may not be reflective of what they really look like. But you could totally pick me out in a crowd, based on my author image, right?
The picture I drew for our third Copic book is actually based on one of my favorite self-portraits, however. This image I drew back in 2006 for a gallery show. I think this pretty well sums up what I feel about the notion of realistic self-portraits in general. I was not happy at that time with the notion of a self-portrait, but it was rather important, as it was supposed to go with my artist statement.
Not very nice to throw darts at your own picture!
Now, to get on with our exciting Blog Hop!! Please visit the other contributors to this fabulous book.
Inside Copic Coloring Guide Level 3: People, you will find a CD with blank tutorial images to color, and detailed step-by-step directions, as well as many fabulous finished card projects.
Each participating designer is hopping today to give you a peak at their favorite project from the book - and a chance to WIN your own autographed copy!
To help kick off the celebration of the new book... each designer on the hop is giving away an autographed copy of the book...signed not only by Colleen and myself, but by the individual designer too! Please comment on this post for your chance to win your copy of mine! Commenting will be closed on my blog at Midnight, on the 26th. Winners will be announced on each designer's blog.
Can't wait for your copy?Copic Coloring Guide Level 3: People is now available at many stamping and scrapbooking stores. Visit your local store today and ask about availability. It is also sold through the Annie’s catalog, accessible online at Annie's.
OK, have fun hopping along, and good luck winning your own copy!!