Friday, October 18, 2013

Etsy sale, reinventing myself and some Halloween decorating pics...

Before I forget, I'm having a sale in my Etsy shop. 15% off - just enter the code FALL2013 on checkout.

So...I've been working hard on doing some spot art for a middle grade chapter book I've written.

While I was looking for inspiration (and lots and lots of courage), I re-discovered Lynda Barry's book, One Hundred Demons. Barry is very in touch with her coming-of-age years, and shares stories/memories of the changes (and pain) that she went through. I love her art, and the pseudo-scrapbook feel of this book. I also loved the idea of sitting down and drawing demons.



Here are some demons that I drew:
( Maybe she's the demon of the popular girl who isn't very nice to others :)

 (Possibly the demon that tells me to buy lottery tickets because I'm sure to win.)

 (Looks like the demon of over-indulgence to me. Christmas fudge with walnuts.)

(Seriously, I have no idea. I worry about myself sometimes.)

It's a great way to begin a creative session, whether you're writing or drawing. I like doodling anyway, so this is a perfect warm-up exercise for me. I used a black felt pen and a gray colored pencil. I think sloppy scribbly demons are best.

And on a cheery Fall holiday note - here are some Halloween decorations at my house!




I hope you're all enjoying some cooler weather, and please tell me that you have a pumpkin or two at your house. Don't make me come over there and drop one off. Pumpkins, people!

22 comments:

  1. Hi Pam. The thing about your drawings is that they are awesome on paper and then you actually make them come to life with your dolls. Great work Pam. That looks like a fun book. Continue to have fun and I love your deco in your home.:)

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    1. Hi Gloria - thank you! You know, sometimes the dolls turn out completely differently than how I 'see' them. You'd like that book, I think. :)

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    2. Hi Pam. Thx for stopping by my blog. I clicked on your name but it took me to your Google page and I couldn't leave a comment there, but here I am. Again thanks and I hope you enjoyed yesterday. Have a wonderful weekend.

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  2. I was sure your house would be decorated to the hilt, love your drawings!

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    1. Hi Barb! It's not as crazy-decorated as when my kids were home, but it's very orange, and there are pumpkins! xo

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  3. OMG! I LOVE that book! and I can totally see a bright colorful AWESOME Fabulous book written and illustrated by YOU!
    Do it! Do it! Do it!

    Um..so far no pumpkins here but I have painted 2 for work!
    A dog and a cat of course!

    (and I've just rewritten my little book about Kanga again. I had Lily my niece proofread it and she likes this draft much better! sigh...someday!)

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    1. Don't you love LB? My book has B&W illustrations, but I would love to do something like this. And you go Cindi! Keep at it - persistence, my friend! :) (And painted pumpkins do count!)
      xo

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  4. Your demon drawings are very disturbing indeed. :o)
    Love all of your Halloween decorations too. Have a wonderful Halloween. xoxox

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    1. Hi Maddy! I've missed you. I'll have to pop over and see what you've been up to. And yes, they are disturbing - lol. xo

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  5. I love your demons! You could have stamps made from these images. People would buy them.

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    1. Jan - At first I thought you meant postage stamps. :) I think having a demon stamp is a great idea! Might have to look into that. Thanks! xo

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  6. I know it's sacrilegious around here but we have no pumpkins and the Halloween decorations are still in the basement! Your characters are always so full of life! Love them!

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    1. Lori...you HAVE to get a pumpkin. It's required! :) Some years we do more decorating than others, but the pumpkins have to be there. Thank you about the drawings! xo

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  7. Pam, I love your demons, I used to draw them perhaps I should begin again.
    I will not go see your sale, I will buy and I have no money and just got done purging things, so must ignore :-). xoxo

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    1. Hi Annie! I'd love to see your demon drawings! And I completely understand about no money and purging. Especially the no money - lol! xo

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  8. Hi Pam :)
    Wow, your house looks amazing! I would love to visit, treasures in every corner! Like a museum, only better. Those to have and to hold sugar skulls are incredible! And your demons don't sound so horrible...fudge and lottery tickets...Hey, that's a great title for a book! Happy Halloween ☻ ♥♥

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  9. Lisa, in every corner is a pile of stuff that needs sorting, or an army of dust bunnies! I use care in cropping all photos. :) That fudge demon is no joke...and fudge season is almost here! Aaaaaaah! xo

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  10. Pam, your demons don't have a mean bone in their demonic bodies. I would know them anywhere. They benefit from your non-demonic gifts :-)

    How I long to just knock on your door. I honestly think you would recognize my adoring grin

    Love
    kj

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  11. Hello my Halloween-lovin' Girlfriend! Oh the Demons....(particularly the *Doemon of Lottery Tickets*...he's my kind of Demon, from his curling Mustachios to his shoe tips!
    LUV! Your home is warm with the Spirit of All Hallows!!!! I do have most of my *thingies* out and about...Zombie Bunny is STILL a beloved favourite...outside my front door, two LARGE Pumpkins, one Orange, one White,Autumn Leaf Wreath is hanging...and I have brought some small Pumpkins and Gourds to decorate the Opera House Canteen! A-ha-ha! Love, ♥ Robin ♥

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  12. I love your decorating and your drawings...I have Halloween Zombie storybook Characters. They are all handmade and pretty fun.

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