From “It’s Gonna Be May” to “Bye Bye Bye”

It seems like just yesterday when the unceasing slew of “It’s gonna be May” Justin Timberlake memes were flooding my Facebook feed, and here we are over halfway through the month! What happened?! Time is flying by, and I have realized that I need to get a plan put in place to make sure I have things done in time.

First on my to-do list is sourcing a physical portfolio to take with me to the SCBWI conference in Los Angeles. I paid money to be in the portfolio showcase there, and I’m going to be kicking myself if I don’t have something to put in it. I think I want something with a hard cover and a screwpost binding system so I can easily update it in the future.

I also need to work on deciding which pieces I want in my portfolio and getting them printed and mounted so they look professional. I’ll probably use a few from the portfolio I presented Giuseppe Castellano at my review with him, but I have done a few more things since then that I’ve been quite happy with.

On that note, I have not done as much work lately as I was doing back in March and April, and I need to kick it back into high gear! I feel like I need to be making more work to keep improving. I don’t want to slow down! I have been participating in Mermay 2018 to an extent, but I have not been able to maintain my one-a-day pace. I have been using prompts from artist Jane Davenport to help give me starting points for each drawing. Here is a sampling of what I have done:

With May being such a busy month for us, I have not been keeping up with my color collective posts quite as well. I intend to dive back into those in a week or two. For now, I am doing occasional mermay drawings and continuing work on my woodsy piece. I think it’s coming along quite nicely!

After a few weeks of taking a break from it, I am also back to chipping away at a piece Giuseppe described as “ambitious.” There will be a total of 22 people in the scene by the time it’s done! Whew. I started this back in March as a challenge piece for myself. I don’t usually have more than one figure in a drawing, and I wanted to create a group scene. Group indeed. It is taking me a very long time! I go through periods of getting a lot done on it and then not touching it for a while. Here is what that looks like so far:

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

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