Thursday, July 22, 2010

If you ever wondered if you could make a difference...

 It's only been almost 2 months since I posted the first sketch on my own blog. Ripple took on a life of it's own so quickly- becoming way more than one person's attempt at a small act. Almost $9,000.00 has been raised by about 850 artists. Each one picking up their pencil- or paint brush - or stylus to help. I feel like Obi Wan Kenobi -  all I did was create the opportunity for all of them to show what a force they could be. (when stuck always use Star Wars metaphors)

Aside from all of the giving - there's just great art. I see them first. I ooh and ahh and then wait to unveil them to the world. I can tell you it is hard for me to not keep some for myself!  The Sketchables have done some of my favorites - not just cause I know these ladies- but- because they are so good at what they do. I am a lucky chick to be a part of this here and over at Ripple.

Yesterday a gentleman from the International Bird Rescue Research Center called my house. He called to thank me and all of the illustrators for doing this.  They firmly believe in the ability of every individual to do small acts to help - and they think Ripple is a great example of that.  - They also love the art. It was nice to hear.

This is my last Ripple sketch- I spent 5 minutes on it. I wish it were more- I'm getting the shakes a bit from drawing withdrawals.  I have to say- that's a tern not a penguin - and a plover not an owl.  - my daughter thought it was a penguin- "WHAT? THERE ARE NO PENGUINS IN LOUISIANA!"

So- if by chance.. I missed showing you the School Library Journal article while FB'ing and Tweeting 6,000 times about it- here it is.  I regret the beret pic- but my Mom insisted.

School Library Journal Ripple article


  1. Thank you for inspiring us, Kelly!

  2. I'm so grateful for all of your help Nina!

  3. You are definitely one class act, Kelly. Thank you for allowing us to help you, and in turn help the animals of the Gulf. If not for you, I'd still be feeling helpless over the whole thing.

    And boy can you put some personality in your line work! Love the attitude of these birds. :

  4. Diandra said it perfectly, Kelly. It was such a great idea you had starting ripple and besides helping a whole hecka lot of animals, you helped a lot of us feel great about being able to do something to help. I know it was a lot of work for you (understatement there), but know that we all appreciate what you've done!!

    Your birds are chalked full of personality for sure!

  5. Kelly - you are made of awesomeness! Thank you for sharing this amazing journey with us. And hey, those were a well spent 5 mintues - I love those guys!

  6. Kelly!

    Thanks so much for all the effort you put into this project. It's amazing when things take on a life of their own. You made it possible for us to offer a small helping hand.

    And the faces on those birds are classic!

  7. I would like to buy you all a fruity umbrella drink.