Monday, July 28, 2014

Friendship Day

Simply the best part of summertime for these two.  A favorite kind of day.

Happy Friendship Day on July 30th!!

~ Priscilla

Friday, July 25, 2014

Joy- beginning sketches

I can already see a lot of what I'd want to change with these beginning sketches of this spread. That's the power of sketching, right? At this stage you experiment, make changes and just keep drawing! Something better always comes up or you at least see how some of your first sketches may be the right direction. In any case, draw, draw, DRAW!

Have a great weekend, all!
-Joy

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Today is National Cousins Day!

I have cousins!
Dozens of cousins!
(Wish I'd thought of that title and book idea before the awesome Shutta Crum did, but she did such a fantastic job with it that I can't really complain.)

I have lots of cousins partly because of these two people:


That's my grandma and grandpa. I will probably write books about them eventually. For now, this is what they looked like in their early marriage, and re-figured as paper dolls. This is an early pencil sketch. Lots of things got smoothed out before the art was shared last December.

Below is something I worked on last week -- again, this is a rough pencil sketch that subsequently got cleaned up a lot and re-inked. This is a concept for my family reunion t-shirt. When I was a kid we formed a cousins band, and that's what this shirt art represents. We'll see how well it goes over at the reunion next month (where many of us will have musical instruments with us).


I love my cousins because my grandparents brought us together so often for family parties that we became more like siblings. Dozens and dozens of siblings.
Many of them and their kids have become characters in my Ellie McDoodle books.
Go draw a cousin -- real or imaginary -- today!

-- Ruth McNally Barshaw

Monday, July 21, 2014

Celebrate Hammock Day This Week!


Fifi can't help herself.  After all, she's a cat.  Of course she loves herself most of all!  Ralphie just thinks he's in her selfie.

Happy Hammock Day to you all tomorrow ~ Tuesday, July 22nd!!

~ Priscilla

Friday, July 18, 2014

National Ice Cream Month

This is the only thing I don't like about going out for an ice cream. Too many choices! 

Thursday, July 17, 2014

It's National Rabbit Week!

Bunnies on our back lawn. One of these vignettes might be an exaggeration...

- Ruth McNally Barshaw