P is for Piggy! (Some Pig)

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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.

88 thoughts on “P is for Piggy! (Some Pig)

  1. I LOVE LOVE LOVE “Charlotte’s Web” – the book that sparked my love for reading and writing. So glad you decided to draw sweet Wilbur. I actually re-read it several months ago and might have loved it even more!

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    1. awww….that’s so cool that you just reread it! Have you revisited other children’s classics? I have always had a fondness for Wilbur. I love rooting for the underdog. I loved Charlotte too. I’m looking forward to reading it again. ❤

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    1. Thanks, Rebecca! Drawing with ink is always a bit spooky, but it worked out with this one, I think. Maybe because it was so late at night. It puts in me in a “here goes nothing” mood, which usually helps in my artwork. I’m glad you liked it.

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  2. Copying from the masters is the way all artists learn…and then they go on to develop their own styles once they understand all the basics. 🙂

    I’ve been embarking on an illustration path. A terrific site with a lot of resources for both aspiring writers and illustrators of children’s lit is Kidlit411. I think you should do it! 🙂

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    1. Thanks, Teresa. I appreciate your advice. I definitely think you have the gift (including the one where you make up characters and illustrations, vs. copying someone else’s(!)). I’m just going to keep trying things until something really resonates. So far, the only thing that really sings loudly is portraits in colored pencil, but that’s not so much relaxation and fun like some of the other things I’ve tried.

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  3. I love that book too. Tissues out every time.
    I think… You should also write something every day. Even if it’s just 5 or 10 minutes, just to build up that muscle, and set the groundwork for story inspiration. Write anything… lists, thoughts, freeflowing ideas, mini-stories, memories… Anything.
    I can totally picture you writing & illustrating books!

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  4. I’m so impressed that you did this going straight to ink~ very nice! I think that if you were meant to illustrate books you’d feel strongly pulled in that direction. I know what you mean, though. I feel sort of inclined to one thing or another with my art from time to time. Recently I sold a piece that was where my heart truly is, and the collector commented on how she could tell that I was “in” the painting. That told me that my heart has been trying to guide me in the studio all the time~ I just don’t always listen.
    You also struck a chord with me when you say that we should let ourselves have time to just be. I wrestled with this very thing this morning, as a good friend of mine was holding a restoration workday and I thought I should be there. In the end I realized that I want to be in the studio instead. It is really hard to let go of “shoulds!”

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    1. Boy, I struggle with the shoulds all the time, Melissa! Wow. Some powerful advice there. Thank you very much. So interesting that your client saw you in that painting you felt so deeply. Very cool. Thanks again for your comment. Always appreciated.

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        1. You’re so kind! Thank you! I love this online art community where we can inspire and encourage each other. My work would probably never see the light of day otherwise, lol. (But maybe one day…) 🙂

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  5. I love that book! And love your pig! ❤️❤️❤️ I would like to illustrate children’s books too. I’d say, “Go for it, Laura!” Yet I’m really good about giving advice to others… I need to figure out how to make my dream a reality too. 😊

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  6. Your drawing is superb! If being an illustrator for books is your dream job you should go for it! You clearly have a talent – you’ll never know if you don’t try! I’m sure you could produce lovely original drawings – work at it – I’m sure you could do it! 🙂

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    1. Thank you so much, Evelyn. I don’t think it’s my dream job, but I used to dream of being a writer of young adult books….now I feel art is pulling me much harder….yet, to combine the two? Who knows. We’ll see how this plays out as I continue to experiment. Thanks so much for your thoughts; as you know, I really admire your work & talent.

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  7. I love Charlotte’s Web was one of my favourites as well and now I want to re-read it. Might actually make it the next book I sit and read with my children.
    Wonderful picture and I think you should definitely give it a go. You never know what you might achieve if you don’t try. I hope to have a children’s book published one day, have some written and still working on some as well, that would be my dream and always has been :-).

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      1. Thank you.
        I agree, children do need books and not on kindles or similar either but proper books they can hold and turn the pages of. My children love books. They love reading, being read to and making up their own stories as well as adding their own pictures.

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        1. I totally agree re: paper books. There is such a thing as too many electronics (IMO), particularly where our kids are concerned. Let’s just let them be kids. It’s sad to see a family when everyone is staring at their electronic devices.

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          1. My kids have a restriction on screens. None during the working week they only have access at the weekends. Obviously we are often busy at the weekends so they don’t watch TV or play screen games for long at all.

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  8. This is really impressive. I’m amazed that you were able to capture it so accurately going straight to ink. As for copying versus coming up with illustrations yourself, there’s definitely a difference but it’s not as big as you might think. This is definitely still the first step. Even pros use reference pictures. They just add a touch of imagination to the copying ;).

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        1. LOL, I’m envisioning similar results, trust me! hehe. Isn’t it amazing what we don’t even try because we just feel like we know we’ll fail? Very limiting. We must fling joy at those beliefs until they go away, lol.

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  9. This is fantastic! Yes, you should definitely consider illustrating children’s books! Illustrating children’s books is my life dream, so the last few years I have been researching, collecting books, and watching teaching series on illustrating. It is a whole other world (with a lot of work), but it is definitely worth the search. Whether you ever decide to illustrate or not, I don’t think you would regret the knowledge built. It is so fascinating!

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                  1. Visitors are gone. 😊 Unfortunately I´m moving again, this time from Spain to Germany. I´ll probably will still not be able to post every day, but I hope it´s gonna get better soon!!! I want my old life back! 😣

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                    1. I hope so too!!! Thank you for your kind words, Laura! 💕 3 languages fluently (German, Hungarian, English) and 2 a little (Spanish and French). That´s what living abroad does… 😉 I miss you guys here too – specially your joy and optimism! 🌞

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  10. One of my fave books as a child 🙂 you’ve done a great job. Also, copying a book you admire is a wonderful way to explore children’s book illustration. I think you could do anything you were passionate about!

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    1. Thank you! Any other illustrators come to mind? Maybe Winnie the Pooh would be a good one to try (I’ve never really thought beyond authors’ names; for all I know, Milne wrote and illustrated those books)?

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      1. Yes I love Pooh too. Who was it wrote “Cherries and Cherry Pits”? I’ll have to look it up. Her work is colorful. I just packed up all the kids books I saved or I would look through.

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