I have heard over and over again that I should illustrate. It sounded like a great idea but I had never attempted to create one character and stick with it. Each piece I did had different characters, so I was a little or maybe a lot intimidated by the prospect of repetition. I also wanted to illustrate something I wrote before attempting to illustrate someone else’s words.
I had been tossing around the idea of starting a blog about our journey to California and our experiences living in an Airstream. With some encouragement from a friend “The Rivet Hall Review” came into existence. I always thought “it came to me in the shower” was a load of rubbish, well the idea to illustrate my blog actually came to me in the shower. So I guess I have to change my opinion on that one. But the idea to create a character for my blog didn’t come until a few weeks into the project.
My favorite character in one of my favorite paintings “Adventuring” was a little toad with “stripety” shorts. I started this piece before I knew I was moving…for real. I did not know we were going any where when I sketched this piece!
I loved the spirit of this piece and I thought the toad would be the perfect character to carry over into my blog. So here are my toad-ly illustrations thus far. (I have three of my favorites to debut next week. But I can’t spoil the surprise.) I love him so much!! If you would like to read the words that go with the illustrations please check out http://www.rivethallreview.wordpress.com