A couple of posts ago, I mentioned that I was working on a BIG project that was going to consume a LOT of my time hence my skipping the round-up of December paintings and also missing last Tuesday’s blog. (Thanks to those of you who wrote me noticing that a blog hadn’t arrived in your inbox last week!) I’ve been given the okay to tell you about it. I can’t share all but I can give you hints. Curious? Let’s call it the DK Project.
Back in the middle of December, I received an email inviting me to be one of the artists in the Pastel section of Artist’s Drawing Techniques, a book the publisher is hoping to launch in the Fall. That publisher is DK – “the world’s leading illustrated reference publisher”! I love their books – travel, art, eyewitness books for children, are among the many I’ve seen.
Last year they published Artist’s Painting Techniques, a lavish and technique-focused book.
To tell you the truth, I sort of thought the email might be a joke, or a scam, but it turns out it wasn’t.
After a lot of backing and forthing in emails with questions and clarifications, and ideas and feedback/comments, things became clear and I was committed to the DK Project.
First off, I had to produce sketch ideas of what I’d be painting for various techniques. These were either accepted (or rejected) and if accepted, placed into layouts (a process still underway). Finally, a couple of weeks ago, I got the okay on a few spreads and so I could get to the main work of painting, photographing, and writing.
Here’s the deal – I’m working on 16 spreads of pastel technique. It’s a humungous job with a short deadline. So that’s what I’ve been seriously up to the last few weeks. It’s a fantastic opportunity (if a bit of a scary one) because I’ve often thought about writing a book but that’s not going to happen anytime soon! This book is a great way to get my ideas and pastel work out there. And in the meantime, I work on online courses – next up – Pastels 101!
So let’s take a sneak peak at some of the artwork I’ve been producing for the book. (I can show you pieces but no step-by-steps – those will be in the book along with a whole lot of other things!)
The team at DK are deciding between the next two pastels for the spread – To Blend or Not To Blend (and you know where I lie on that continuum!).
I finished this one yesterday:
And finally, the one I worked on today. Still some tweaking and adjusting to be done.
Three more pieces drawn up to work on over the next few days. Then I hear what else has been okayed and add that to my pastelling list! I’ll be at this until at least the middle of February. You can still look forward to a super guest blog and hopefully a January round-up!
I’d love to hear your thoughts about this DK Project. I am SUPER excited!!!!
All for now.
Until next time,