This was a fascinating process for me.
Kirsten Hall @HallWaysKirsten the Managing Agent, USA at Bright Group - International
put out a Twitter blast asking for (bored) illustrators to make her a rainbow seahorse.
I knew I had a seahorse in my sketchbook pile so I loaded it up and answered the call.
"That is fantastic. Color it! Seriously!"
So I did!
"Love it. Can he look happy?"
So I went back the the drawing board and attempted happy...(not a normal emotional state for me - I had to Google reference photos)
It is harder than you think to make a seahorse look happy!
*where, exactly, is their mouth?*
*do they have eyebrows?*
I learned a lot about the evolution of creativity, about pushing through and digger deeper.
I learned that I can get stuck on being TOO LITERAL and GETTING STUCK IN MY HEAD.
I learned that I give up too soon and too easily on a lot of my projects
I learned a bit about art direction and how it forces an artist to think outside their own little box...(I LIKE ART DIRECTION, BTW...)
*how does one make a seahorse look happy?*
*how does an artist who can't really paint find a happy medium?*
When I closed the book on my seahorse last night I wasn't sure of his success so I posted him on Facebook and went to bed.
This morning my notifications were off the charts! I've never had so many likes on a single image unless it was a post about my daughter or my dog!!!
A Caldecott Award winning illustrator, whom I admire greatly, messaged me to say the "new illo was banging!" - it was such a lovely compliment!!!
So, my little seahorse may not look the happiest (and I wept many a frustrated tear in his crafting)
but he sure made a lot of people smile today!!!!
and I thank God for that gift!!!!!