Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Awesome Art

This picture is hanging above the hallway entrance to the washrooms at a local watering hole. I loved it. I don't know who drew it, so I can't give them credit, but it's awesome... right?  Is it just me or does that one eye look like it's about to water? I wonder why that would be...

Jules :Ohaha!

Saturday, March 16, 2013

bedtime story status achieved...

I went over to my friend's house tonight for a movie and she greeted me with warmth, as always. We got talking somehow about my Moms Are Magic book. She has two daughters and one son, all under 10 years of age. She said to me: "Oh Jules, I have to tell you... I read your book to my girls every night at bedtime, they ask me to read it to them. And if I give my youngest daughter my ipad she'll take it into her bedroom and I'll find her flipping through the pages on her own!"

So naturally, I very happily beamed and thanked her for telling me that! It made me feel super good because I was told by someone who offered the only less than favorable review it has gotten that it wouldn't become a classic bedtime story or anything.

She went on to say tonight also that her daughter's favorite page is the "smarty-brainiac" page. The whole thing made me just glow. It's one thing to have an adult appreciate your work, but to get positive feedback from children is awesome on a different level! Thanan adores it also, but he's biased, I would say.

So I told her I was working on my next book and on making this one printable and she jumped at the chance to buy a hard copy.

I might not get rich off this new little endeavour of mine, but if I'm the cause of bringing a smile to a child's or parent's face, or if my book will help a child learn to be literate, then I say this has all been more than worthwhile!!

It's easy to find my book, if you'd like to check it out. Just google "Moms Are Magic".

Jules :OD

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Do's and re-do's...

I haven't been blogging much, because I've been in a rush to accomplish a goal I've set for myself.

My whole web designing career (back in the day), I used a very basic illustration program called Microsoft Image Composer. I went and took an Adobe Photoshop course at the college here way back when, but it didn't seem to do what I needed it to do at the time, so I defaulted back to Image Composer. It was easy, straightforward, and I could design some pretty cool stuff for the web with relative ease.

Well, when it came time to illustrate my book, all I had was good ol' Image Composer, so off I went on my merry little way, illustrating with it. Then to make a long story short, when it came time for me to go through the process of print-on-demand for my book, I couldn't do it because Image Composer isn't a good enough program, and it wouldn't save my work in 300 dpi. I took a very small leap of faith and got a book printed using my illustrations anyway, despite the warning that they gave me about it possibly being pixelated when printed. I just had to see if it would work out.

I got my draft print book in the mail about a week and a half ago now and that day I went from total elation, from actually having a hard copy of it in my hands, to lower than low, because I realized they were right. The quality of the graphics was ALMOST good enough, but I wasn't happy with what pixelation did occur. So with Thor's encouragement to learn a better program, he suggested I work in Adobe Illustrator, I went in search for a downloadable trial. I was anxious about it. I thought that it would be too difficult to learn, and seem backwards like Adobe Photoshop did way back years ago. I was afraid of failure, or of not being smart enough to figure out how to use the program.

To my surprise, it's been easy to learn and understand. So since I downloaded the trial, I've completely re-illustrated 4 of my Moms Are Magic pages, and actually, while they are the same, they are much smoother looking, much better quality and I am able to save them in the resolution I will need to get my hard copies made. It's taking up a lot of my time right now, because I wanted to try and get it done before my trial ends. I think I have 26 days left, or something like that. This weekend, I'll have to myself, for the most part, so I imagine I will be doing a lot of drawing.

So.. sorry for my absence. I will try to remember to come check in more often. For now though, wish me luck on getting my illustrations re-done in time!

Jules :O)

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

tea droplets

Enjoy a cuppa morning peppermint tea, on me. 

Jules :Oahh...)

Sunday, March 03, 2013

gut instincts

Well, I was going to go meet Thor in Radium this weekend, but we had to regrettably call it off due to my cold and the winter weather alert. It's a good thing we did, too, because my cold's gotten worse, it snowed a foot here and it was due to snow way more south west of here (en route to Radium), and Thor has car issues to contend with which would have resulted in towing it back to the US had he driven it up there. 

Sometimes you just have to follow your gut instinct on things. It would have made for a stressful weekend, and the last thing you want is to be stressed when you either a) are at Radium or b) are with your partner that you don't get to see much. 

So this weekend, instead of travelling, I spent it with my loved ones, and I started to write and illustrate my next children's book. I hate to sound predictable, but since the first one was about moms, this one is about dads, but in a totally different format. I guess we'll see how it comes together. The one after this will be a totally different concept. I already have it written and it's been one of those "laying in wait" projects for a while now. I'm on a roll now, might as well keep on going. It's a fun new hobby. 

Consider yourself all caught up on my goings-on. 

Jules :Oj