I used to dream about becoming a writer, and at that time, I was thinking about writing books for young adults and children. Since I started making art, I’ve thought at times about maybe writing and illustrating my own books for children. I’m not sure that’s my calling, but a friend encouraged me months ago to give the illustrations a try by copying the work of an artist I admire.
The first book that came to mind was “Charlotte’s Web” by E. B. White, illustrated by Garth Williams. It was one of my favorite books as a kid, and I still love a book that’ll make me cry. I’m probably the biggest sap there is, but this is a great book, one I plan to reread soon. I’d like to get the audio version; I understand White performs it himself. There is nothing like a great audiobook to accompany whatever you’re doing. It can even make doing laundry fun. 🙂
I inked this with the fine-nibbed 01 Micron pen. In hindsight, the next size up would have made the job quicker, and still would have given a fine enough line. Anyway, I have to say I am really happy with this drawing. I did this in bed (why do I do my best drawing in bed, between 10-11 at night? no clue) and it took me about a half hour, as I didn’t do it in pencil first, just went right in with ink. I think I’d like to draw more of the illustrations in this book, perhaps while listening to the audio! 😀 I’ve not read this since I was very young, so it’d be that much more fun.
Are illustrations in my future? What do you think? To be fair, copying an illustration vs. coming up with something out of my own head (which I struggle with in drawing) are two very different things, but I’m happy with this attempt, anyway. It’s a start!
Have a wonderful spring weekend. I wish you lots of time to create, read, relax, and just…be. We need more ‘be’ time, don’t you think? Peace.