Every so often I participate in an illustration challenge…a group one or self imposed. In the past I’ve done "Inktober" and "Mornings-in-May (3-word prompt)" and "Illustration a Day" which you can find in the "Featured Posts" sidebar. >>
Now I’ve come up with “Finished by Friday” which allows me to concentrate on one illustration for a week. The reason I do these challenges is because it flips a switch in my head. Daily experiences are filtered through the challenge, so if I hear a phrase, or if something catches my eye or attention, I’ll see if I can interpret it visually.
This summer, one of my backyard trees never sprang back to life. Sad, in that it is the hammock tree, the bird feeder tree and the deck-shading tree. At the prospect of cutting it down, I began to see a shape of a woman with outstretched arms, facing the yards, welcoming all of nature. Now we are considering calling a tree surgeon to cut off just some tree limbs, and letting me loose with a mini chain saw to sculpt the rest. Scary! But in the meanwhile, I illustrated it (June 3rd illustration shown at top).
Above are the subsequent “Finished by Friday” illustrations (also shown on my Portfolio page). Friend me on Facebook or follow on Twitter to see what develops next!