Tapping away at the keyboard is not a terribly exciting thing to watch or capture in a photo. Instead here’s what working on an illustration looks like. This photo shows me working in my studio at John’s house in Dearborn.
When I draw and make medieval maps this is the “antiquing” process. The original map is usually much smaller. I have a photocopy enlargement made (18″x24″ or 24″x36″ or 36″x48″) and then proceed to stain it, distress it, paint it, etc.
Back in January, when our Spring Spaniel, Molly, had leg surgery and could not go up and down stairs, I simply moved my studio drawing board to the living and camped out there for six weeks while she recovered. We kept a cozy, cheery fire burning in the fireplace and Molly was happy as could be. This photo shows the finished artwork for Gemma & Gus in progress (this book will be published March 2015)
Illustrations being worked on.
Me at the drawing board in the studio at Henwoodie.
This is the original handwritten journal that I wrote when I was seventeen years old and old photos of me as a teenager. The box contains the printed manuscript for my novel: 4″
The novel is based on this journal.