Day 17

This #Storystorm idea is based on memories of my father showing me how animation works. When I was around four, he made me a little flip book: it was a stick figure of a man in a bowler hat kicking a football–as he kicked, his hat fell off his head backwards, and the ball went spiraling off in the other direction. Today, I thought I would try to make a 3D character out of the little stick figure, but this little guy showed up instead!

Day 14

The prompts for this #sketchsquall challenge are the ideas gathered during January’s #Storystorm–so Day 14 reflects whatever i was thing on January 14. It just happened that my idea on that day was about holding on. This is an important concept for me–the necessity of finding a way to hold on in tough times. Finding someone to hug seemed to work happily with Valentine’s Day.

Day 10

This was going to be about Distraction–as a bad thing. How you’re trying to do your best, but keep getting distracted. But as I was sketching, I was keeping an eye on the impeachment trial, with the new, horrific, video evidence. So then it was going to be a child watching tv, and this spirit of distraction trying to protect him. But that was too dark for me. So now there’s a child reading, and the Distraction Monster is more of a happy Imagination figure. Better? I don’t know.

Day 9

Sometimes the best ideas are the quickest. January 9 was my husband’s birthday, so gifts were on my mind. I always get very anxious over gift-giving–I second-guess my choices and whatever I choose, I’m sure it’s the wrong thing. And then I thought about a child being unsure of a gift, and what I hope I would say: “YOU are the best gift.”