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