Ring

Happy Inktober!

The first prompt is “ring,” and really, my first thought was something related to Lord of the Rings or an engagement ring.

But somehow my mind landed on the idea of a ring of trees, and here we are. Inspired by the prettiest place in Texas, Mission Tejas State Park, this is meant to show the towering pines seemingly bending over you while you stare into the sky. That place is beautiful and does not have good cell phone service. If I were the type of person who camped, I would camp at Mission Tejas.

It’s really fun to see how everyone else interprets each prompt. I’ve only seen one LOTR drawing and one engagement ring so far. I wonder what else will pop up…

Inktober is nearly upon us…

This is my first year to officially keep up with all the prompts and fun. So exciting! I hope to post to here and instagram everyday. Follow at Instagram at @tatumhartdesigns.

Are you doing inktober? Where can I see your work?

Work in progress for “dark.”

“Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”: Top Five Christmas Song #3

Have yourself a merry little christmasToday’s song: “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”, 1957, by Hugh Martin. (The original was written in 1944, but Martin added the line that inspired the picture above in 1957.  Thanks, Wikipedia.)

This is such a great bittersweet song.  When I hear the line “Hang a shining star upon the highest bough” it makes the think of a dad holding his son up high in their sparse apartment living room to put the star on the tree.

And, honestly, it was a good reason to try a piece from a different vantage point.

Two more songs to go.  Check back soon.

Serendipity

Do you ever do something on accident and then wish you knew how you had done it?

I drew this tree in pen and scanned it.  I had plans to color it with a digital watercolor sort of flair, but I did something wrong, and this is what happened.

So, then I had to figure out how I had done it.  But I didn’t want to lose the tree, so I saved it and got to work on a new fish.

And I did it again.  Sort of.

In the tree, I think I had the paint brush set to Color Dodge, so it turned my black lines green, brown, etc.  In the fish, I had the layer set on Linear Dodge, so it kept the lines a little dark and just added a bit of color.

Not sure how to turn this particular sort of art into a children’s storybook…but a children’s poetry book?  Yes.  And do I have some poems in the works?  Yes.

Will I publish them here?  No.  I’ve read that if you publish your writing online, some publishers will not accept it because it’s already been published.

And now you know.