I finally got to work on the black and white drawing based on the sketch I started last month — here is it, ready for coloring, more or less (I’m seeing things wrong already). I’d like to say I’m rusty, but the truth is that illustration is a different set of skills, so this is all new to me.
ETA: OK, so I spent the day trying to learn how to paint in Photoshop, and it was fun. Still not right with lots of things but I am liking it.
So here’s an illustration study I made for the short (which is middle grade level):
Fun to work on! I fudged the hands a bit, and I didn’t really draw the faces yet, because I was working on the children’s positions. But the real tricky part is turning it into a finished illustration — maybe a cover, if I decide to self-publish the short. I don’t even know what media to use to color — I’ve always been a a pencil and ink person. Boy, illustration is hard.
Wynnewood Valley Park is our neighborhood backyard, and yesterday it was the setting for the first annual Penn Wynne Earth Day Celebration. Chuck Scott, president of the Penn Wynne Civic Association, invited me to take part because the park was the inspiration for DEADWOOD.
DEADWOOD is fiction, of course. Penn Wynne itself is a thriving, tidy neighborhood and the real Wynnewood Valley park is a small, natural gem running along a tributary to Cobbs Creek. Home to foxes, birds, frogs, and turtles, its playgrounds and tennis courts are also heavily used recreationally.
Yesterday it hosted a wider range of activities — crafts, food, scavenger hunts, a freecycle event, and education on composting, tree care, and the ecology of the park.
I was fortunate to be seated next to Rob Witmer and Rich Widdman of the Lower Merion Shade Tree Commission. I was able to pester them with tree questions and exchange rants about the knotweed in the park (my nemesis) and the emerald ash borer.
The events, including live music, were distributed throughout the park to encourage visitors to use the whole open space.
The kids found some interesting creatures in the creek — at least one crayfish, some boatmen, and many worms. My daughter decided her cowgirl boots were waders and only fell in twice.
It was a great day in the park, and if it’s repeated next year, I’ll be there again. Thank you to Chuck and the Penn Wynne Civic Association for inviting me.