Thursday, November 8, 2012

Doodle 100 - Giveaway!

Wow... my 100th post. I sort of can't quite believe it I have made it this far already, I am pretty sure I am well over the 100th mark for individual doodles as well, and I really haven't doodled this much since I stopped drawing.

I have started to notice that, not only do I enjoy drawing, but also the storytelling that can come from a single frame. Coming up with stories, backgrounds and reasons for a drawing as I go is now part of the fun.

My mind is starting to exercise more and more and my imagination, though still a bit stiffled, is starting to shake its wings and flap about.

The drawing for today will be up for grabs by anybody. It is indeed an original and will come straight out of my notebook:

Gathering Courage and Counsel - green and black mechanical pencil on plain Moleskine notebook. Aprox 20 mins.
She is a princess that has been exiled due to a curse set upon her, the curse shows itself in the shape of a ribbon that wraps around her neck and stops her from speaking to any humans. She seeks refuge in an ancient forest that borders her kingdom, it is said that, in a spring, deep within the woods you can find water lilies that house fairies as old as time itself.

These fairies are immensely wise and hold the key to help the princess break the spell she is under.

After finding the spring she speaks to the fairies, and they tell her that the curse she suffers from was actually self-imposed. She must gather the courage to return to her kingdom and speak for herself to regain her crown to break the spell.

And now, for the contest. I want as many of you to have a shot at this, so this is what we'll do:

- Comment on this post (1 entry)
- Share the post with this contest on facebook (1 entry)

You can have up to 2 entries! I will give everybody until Sunday at 10:00 p.m. to enter, then I'll select the winner randomnly.

Thanks so much for all your support so far, and even if you don't win the original, I will make the drawing available for purchase at redbubble.

20 comments:

Lauren said...

this is awesome. I love the story and think it would be a really interesting read if it were a full book! :)

Andrea said...

That is so beautiful, and I love the story that goes with it!

LeAnn Woodward said...

What a great story! It makes me want to finish it!
This is beautiful!

Marebabe said...

Wonderful! You have the makings of an enchanting children's book right here, if you wanted to develop it. Get yourself a publisher, an editor, maybe an agent... POOF! You'd be that rarest of children's authors, one who does her own illustrations.

Jennifer said...

Beautiful! I find myself looking forward to the next post to see your drawings and to hear the whimsical tales you add. Don't ever stop believing in your ability as an artist...in both the drawing and the literary sense.

Maple Girl said...

I think she's at the moment of despair right when she finds out about the particulars of the curse. The moment of "there's no one else to blame" and "you must break this curse yourself".

How heartbreaking that moment would be! But indeed - this is a novel idea worth developing for a novel. hahaha (pardon the pun)

J and J Mommy said...

I love the backstory too! And I want to say thank you for taking us along on your journey back to your art and your soul. Your images are beautiful and the stories behind them are little snippets of wonderful tales, waiting to be told!

Medea said...

I love it! Your drawings are inspiring and so are the stories behind them, both when you actually tell them and when you just suggest them with a frame :) Keep working! I don't want to miss any step of your progress, you are getting better and better by the minute!

Kirsti said...

I love that fairy! Whether or not I win, I want to let you know how inspiring you are: keep up the good work!

NatalieG said...

I've really enjoyed following your journey on your blog. You are so talented! I enjoy reading the stories and background on the characters that reveal themselves in your notebooks. If I am lucky and win your 100th doodle, I would frame it for my daugther Ali's room - she's almost 5 and is definitely a princess herself! :)

FlatlanderInVT said...

Beautiful as usual!

Voltaire said...

I wish I had something more original to say, but I think you're amazing! Your posts are so brave and fearless and your art is amazing! Thank you for sharing it with us!

Becky said...

Yey for 100 posts!
Girls with ribbons on their necks make me think of the scary story where the ribbon was holding the girls head on. I like your story better though, more Little Mermaid, than horror story.

Jan said...

Your story telling ability is as strong as your drawing skills. You must write a picture book. I love so much that you appreciate nature and I wish more people felt that way.

Lady J said...

What a fabulous story. You have a double gift there - the ability to spin a fabulous story to go with your amazing art works.

(Ps: Thank you so much for giving me permission to print out your picture of the Mama cradling her babe - I was having trouble driving the comment thing, and ended up commenting as anonymous, which I didn't mean to do).

Sarah said...

I love that you always have a fun little story to go with your sketches. I wonder how long before that translates into a book (I'm thinking something like Spiderwick). I would totally buy it.

Anyhow, I love all your sketches, enough to share this on facebook too :)

Christina LMT said...

Thank you so much for sharing your journey of imagination and creativity with all of us, it's REALLY appreciated. I have no drawing skills at all, and I've always admired and envied those that do. Keep up the great work, we'll always be here to enjoy it. :)

AppleCore said...

I so enjoy looking at your posts every day. I am trying to reconnect with my creative side after a long haul with nerve injuries to my arm. You're so inspirational to me. I appreciate your generosity in sharing your drawings and stories. Thank you.

Marie from Germany said...

I love your paintings/doodles but sometimes I love your stories even more.Anyway..I look forward to the e-mail notification every day. Thank you so much and YAY for 100!

Kelly said...

Love the scene, love the story!! I so love hearing the story you make for your characters.

Thank you for sharing your journey with us, it is lovely to be a part of and get to hear about your adventures.