First Sketches

I thought I'd share a little behind the scenes look of my newest piece today! You may wonder how my art pieces come about, I know I am always curious at the process of the artists & designers whose work I enjoy, so I figured it was time to pull out some sketches. Often, as a trained graphic designer, my illustrations don't come incredibly naturally to me. I don't allow myself a lot of freedom & expect the same precision that I require of myself in my design work. Often, I'll hear or think of a phrase that really catches my attention and I will just ponder on that phrase for a (really) long time without ever putting anything down on paper. Because, during that time, something like this usually happens. :)

"Because - and this is the extraordinary thing about creativity – if you just keep your mind resting against the subject in a friendly but persistent way, sooner or later you will get a reward from your unconscious self." — John Cleese

But sometimes, I'll read a phrase and instantly know essentially what it will look like. When I first read the blog post shared by Lisa Leonard, after making sure it was OK with her, I immediately copied the words into my sketchbook & drew this.


Quickly followed by this.


I think it's fun to look at these very first sketches & see how little changes between the initial idea & the final. I worked on it for about a year, and still, in essentials, it stayed the same. :)

And, since I was sharing sketches, I thought I'd show you the original sketch from my You are My Sunshine paper cutting. On that one, the above John Cleese quote holds more true! I knew I wanted to do a piece with the lyrics from the song I sang to my girls every morning, but I just couldn't get it right for the longest time. Then one day, I saw an illustration that included a ladder — honestly, in no way similar other than the ladder, —  but when I saw it, everything clicked and this is what I immediately put to paper, along with the finished piece. :)

That one didn't stray too far either, did it?   :)

xoxo Lori Danelle