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For the 12 Days of Christmas by Julie Hedlund, I did an exercise where I made a list of all my successes from 2016. I’m going to try to do that on a monthly basis because it was such an awesome way to get motivated!
So what did I do in January?

  • I participated in Storystorm run by Tara Lazar. This is an event where Tara has guest bloggers talk about different aspects or ways to get inspired and then we, the participants, try to come up with one story idea each day of the month. I got behind, but I finished!
  • I finished my 2017 calendar. I usually finish it in the fall, but my part time job turned into a full time job in September. I’ve had a lot less time for art, and have struggled a little to get stuff done. However, I wanted to finish it and I did! I even sold a few.
  • I went out to Washington to see my sister and brother-in-law and paint a wall in their nursery. That was so much fun. It was challenging since I haven’t ever done anything like that before, but I am so glad I did it because the finish was super cute. I can’t wait for my nephew to enjoy it. I posted the preliminary sketches in my previous blog post. The progress pictures are on my Instagram. And here is the final wall:
  • I filled my first order for large prints. That might not seem like a big deal, but I’ve never shipped anything bigger than 8.5×11 so it was a learning experience. And now I can do it again if needed!
  • I uploaded two designs for Valentine’s Day on my society6 store. They aren’t new, but they are new to my store. Check them out
  • Finally, I wrote a mini story for my characters Chick, Hedgehog, and Dragon. I wanted to have a color version ready for this blog post but I only finished the drawings yesterday. Be on the lookout for color. I want to make this a regular thing, so follow their Instagram to keep track of the stories. Here’s the cover for this week’s story.
    Today I’m going to quickly write a draft of a story for 12×12. I want to get all my monthly badges this year!
    January was a pretty successful month. Some family things threw off my schedule a bit, but overall I am pretty happy with what I got done. Hopefully tomorrow: What I am currently working on!
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Hello everyone. I hope your January is going well. I am writing from scenic Washington today. I say scenic, but as per usual for me when I travel, it has been pretty overcast for the time I’ve been here. However, I have still been having fun champagne tasting, cider tasting, board game playing, and going to a super cute picture book themed baby shower. It’s been a blast and I am only half way through my trip.

Cute name tag table at baby shower for my sister

I’ve also been working on an amazing new project. In March, my sister and brother-in-law are having their first child and I will get a new nephew. I am super excited. When they told me they were expecting, they asked if there was any way I would be interested in helping them set up a nursery for their baby. I couldn’t be more excited about a project. I have never done anything like this before, and, while I am nervous about this, I am happy to challenge myself with something new!

My work station for the week. So much planning!

The theme for the room is hot air balloons. I wish I could take credit for coming up with such a great idea but that was entirely my sister. So cute and creative right? We have painted the room a beautiful grey blue color. Next I got to work planning the accent wall. I will be painting animals in hot hair balloons on this wall. So far, I have drawn some concept pictures, made a stencil, and planned a preliminary layout. Here are some of the sketches. I will share more pictures as soon as it is finished. follow my instagram to see pictures as I make progress! ( hopefully I’ll be able to get better pictures of the finish)

Potential plan for wall

Penguins!

Giraffe!

Dinosaur!

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Hello everyone! I was going to say good morning, but by the time I publish this it probably won’t be morning anymore. I had such grandiose plans for today. I was going to get up at 7, write, get ready for the day, write this blog post, and then draw the rest of the day. When my alarm went off at 7, my body was like HAHAHAHA that’s funny. . . so needless to say it is almost noon and here I am just starting this post. There is still a lot of day left, so I am sure I will still get a lot done. There is always tomorrow to try the 7 am alarm again. (I know this doesn’t seem early to most people, but I work an evening job as a part time job in the beginning of the week, so sometimes it’s harder for me to tap into my morning person personality later in the week.)

So you are all waiting for some sketchbook posts! This week I actually have some of the finished projects on my computer so I will share those along with the sketches. This sketchbook is also from my 3rd year at FIT. It’s so fun looking back at these and knowing the projects they eventually inspired. It’s also cool to me to see how much of my style has stayed the same and how much has changed.

For my History of Illustration class we had to pick two musicians to paint. I picked Buddy Holly  and Cyndi Lauper. We had to use photo reference but change it enough so that we weren’t violating copyright. I am not sure I accomplished that, but I will never sell these. It was a good exercise. For the rest of my life I will sing “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” and “Buddy Holly” by Weezer every time I see these. These sketches were done in pencil.

pencil sketch

pencil sketch of Buddy Holly

pencil sketch

pencil sketch of Cyndi Lauper

And since I actually have the finishes on my computer:

Watercolor of Buddy Holly

Watercolor of Buddy Holly

Watercolor of Cyndi Lauper

Watercolor of Cyndi Lauper

I don’t work like this much anymore, but looking back at these, I can see where my love of graphic shapes and patterns in illustrations was starting to appear in my work.

The next sketches were for a linocut we did in another class. For this process, you transfer your drawing onto some sort of block (we used easy cut blocks) and make a stamp of your piece which you then ink and transfer to paper. It was a super fun project. I was the only one prepared for class that day, and my teacher made my classmates all pay me to use my supplies. I think I made money that day! It is still a favorite memory from art school.

These are very loose sketches for concept:

thumbnail pencil sketches for linocut

thumbnail pencil sketches for linocut

And this is the sketch I ended up going with:

Pencil sketch for linocut

Pencil sketch for linocut

i really liked this sketch and since I still have the linocut, maybe I’ll make some more prints with this! (Note: because of the way the art is transferred, the final piece would be a mirror image of this sketch.)

Last but not least, here is a sketch I ended up doing for a project in my photoshop class:

pencil sketch: under the willow tree

pencil sketch: under the willow tree

This was a frustrating class for me. For some reason, I just could not get the hang of what we were supposed to be doing. So finally my teacher just said, create something you love in a style you want to. . . so I drew this. In the final piece, the girl is surrounded by hand drawn rainbows and flowers and butterflies…as if her drawings are coming to life. I am not sure what he was expecting, but I did have fun creating this piece.

That’s it for this week! Be sure to subscribe on the right to never miss a post!

Before I forget, I also started a new store on Society6 this week. I will be adding more art in the following weeks, and you’ll be able to get all sorts of things on phones, tote bags and more! Check it out.

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This week’s post is another Flashback Friday instead of Throwback Thursday. I may have to change it to just be Fridays! I think for now, this post will appear on whichever day I have more time. Subscribe on the right to be notified when I write a new post!

This sketchbook is from my third year at FIT. Therefore, it has a mix of some fashion illustration and some general illustration. I had already graduated from the Fashion Illustration program at this point, but I still loved it so fashion illustration is strewn through a lot of my sketchbooks. Most of the sketches in this particular sketchbook however, are sketches for projects I did in school. For now, I will simply post the sketch, but someday when I can go through all my files I will show you the finishes too!

anneappert-dorm

This first sketch is a picture of my dorm room done with pen and marker. I was obviously sitting on my bed when I drew this. There is no way my dorm room was this clean; I must have edited! I used to have art supplies all over the place. My roommate was the most understanding roommate ever. The room was a studio style room. After our first year living together, we decided we didn’t need the kitchen table so my roommate let me take it as an extension of my desk. I like the limited color in this sketch. I also like how I drew my art supply drawers!

anneappert-seasons

This was a sketch I did for my illustrator class that semester. We had to create a promotional pamphlet for ourselves. I decided to do mine based on the season, with my twin sister and me as my subject. These are the sketches for winter and spring. (sledding and puddle stomping). The puddle stomping image is still one of my favorite pieces from this class.

anneappert-dr.jekyllmrhyde

This was a sketch for a project we did in our History of Illustration class. We had to do a piece to illustrate Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. I wanted to do something that showed both personalities. The finish had to be black and white, and I did the final on scratchboard. (We may have had to do it on scratchboard). This is done in pen and marker and based on photos I took of a model who posed for us. It was my first time using scratchboard, and I liked the look, but the scratching part was kind of irritating so I haven’t really done it again.

anneappert-fashion

Last but not least I found this illustration I did. Like my last post, this was based on an ad in a fashion magazine. It is drawn in pencil. Something about this drawing is very appealing to me. Maybe because I actually drew the face!

I am always surprised when I find these sketchbooks and they are only half used. I did do a lot of concept sketches on loose pages, so that explains why they aren’t all in sketchbooks. I will have to go back and fill them all up eventually! This sketchbook was obviously well loved as it is coming out of it’s spiral binding. I have a feeling a lot of pages were ripped out.

Until next week!

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Hello All!

It has been awhile since I posted here, or on social media at all. I have been super busy. However, I wasn’t busy with anything I could actually show you so that meant radio silence on my end. I need to work on working on both my projects I can’t share, and things I can share at the same time so you all don’t think I’ve forgotten about you!

So what have I been up to? I have been reading ALOT of books. . . picture books! I took part in a challenge called ReFoReMo, or Reading for Research Month. The idea of the month is to actually research picture books: how they are written, what the balance between text and illustration is, what kinds of books are out there, what formats are they written in etc. Each day, someone in the industry would write briefly about one aspect of writing for children, and then share some books that they thought would be good mentor texts to illustrate their point. I have learned a lot about picture books; both what I like and what I don’t like. I also have two new manuscript ideas from reading the selected books. It’s been a great month! I still have to read some of the selections, but it has been really a great experience. There is a new post every week during the year with useful knowledge, and if you want to participate next year, check out the website!

I’ve also been working on a project I really can’t show you because it is a present for someone. Eventually I will post it here!

I have been working on writing several manuscripts for children’s books.

I also have been cleaning out my art room which is a slow but necessary process. Today, I got to clean out a closet that had all my old sketchbooks in it. Then, I was inspired. Every Thursday, for throwback Thursday, I will post something from an old sketchbook for you all to see! Going through them today, I realize I used to have a lot of fun in sketchbooks. I have no idea what happened, probably life, but I don’t spend the same amount of time in sketchbooks as I used to, or as I should. I am hoping this experiment will be fun for you, and reinvigorating for me.

I definitely have posted this on an old blog, but I thought I would start with my first special sketchbook. I have sketchbooks from when I was 7 or 10, but this was the first sketchbook that really meant something to me. It was also the start of me beginning to realize I loved art.

The First "Real" Sketchbook I owned

The First “Real” Sketchbook I owned

I was 12 and I had just won a 20 dollar gift card to Barnes and Noble from the Book-a-Thon at school. I was rich. I could buy two books with a 20 dollar gift card. (If only that were still true!) I didn’t know what I would get, but I knew it would be the best book the store had to offer. Then I walked passed the journal section and this caught my eye. Something about the fake wood I thought was beautiful. I picked it up and flipped through the blank pages, feeling excited. I put it down. I wasn’t an artist. And if I bought this, I may have money for a book, but I may not. I left and came back. Picked it up again. In my memory, this indecisiveness lasted a long time. I can’t imagine how annoying this must have been for my dad who had brought me and my sister shopping. Finally I decided to just go for it. I bought it and brought it home.

This was the perfect sketchbook. It had to be filled with the perfect drawings I decided. So I sat with it, started drawing, didn’t like it, ripped it out…this happened several times. Then finally I just drew.

The "perfect" drawing. Note the ripped edges of the pages I deemed imperfect

The “perfect” drawing. Note the ripped edges of the pages I deemed imperfect

It took forever, but I finally decided I was satisfied. Then, being the truly focused 12 year old I was, I left it on the couch in order to go outside with my sister and friends.

I came back in to find my dad looking at the drawing I had done. I was mortified. No one was supposed to see it! I felt like I was pretending to be something I was not. Then my dad looked at me and said, “Anne, this is really good!” While still embarrassed, now it was for a different reason. I was proud and so happy my dad had thought I could draw. I probably mumbled a thank you and grabbed the sketchbook. I don’t remember that part. I do remember that after that I really thought about creating art more often.

The funny thing is, that is the only drawing in that sketchbook. Even though I went on to fill more sketchbooks, take art lessons, experiment with media, I never came back to this sketchbook. Thinking about this sketchbook, I also realize all the earlier times I had filled sketchbooks, illustrated stories me and my sisters wrote, made pretend boardgames all should have been clues to how I really had always loved art. I guess I was pretty clueless. This drawing was really the beginning of my awareness of the importance of art to me.

This is my first throwback sketchbook post. Tune in next week for the next installment!

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Hello everyone and welcome to my new blog and website! I am so excited to finally share this with you. It has taken a lot of hard work, but I think it has really paid off, don’t you?
I’ll be updating this site more often now, so be sure to check back often! Also, follow this blog! Here I will be posting about current projects, my process, and what inspires me.
I look forward to sharing my art journey with all of you.

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