The last couple of months have been crazy, yes, it's always busy around here, but recently - I just can't keep up. I feel like as my kids get older and leave home (we've only got one at home now) that life should be slowing down, but instead it has gone into hyperdrive and does not look like stopping anytime soon.
So, first up. I've finished editing my new e-book "Light and Shadow". I'm now onto the video-ing portion of the project, so estimate I'll be ready to have it available on the blog within about 2 weeks.
Because of the long break in the middle of the project whilst I finished up my PDC assignments I feel like this one has dragged on and on and on - but it was good to look at it again with fresh eyes after a bit of a break, and I ended up adding a bit more content, which is always a good thing. Glad to have the finish line in sight, though.
Would you like to see the cover? I think this will be the final, final version.
I'm super-excited (also equally parts terrified) - I hope you will love it!
By now you've probably guessed that this book is about shading. I had a couple of ideas in mind when I thought about doing a follow up e-book to Flips and Folds, and since how I approach shading is the topic I get the most emails about, it seemed logical to go with that. It has ended up being a bigger book than I first planned and I'm very happy with how it's come out.
Next.............something fun that I hope you'll enjoy! I'm working on a little pre-book surprise and am planning a special mail out to email subscribers in the next week. This will be sent in the same way as the 2013 Pattern Folio - I use a separate email distributor (Mail Chimp) in order to do this, so you need to have a confirmed email subscription to the blog otherwise I do not have the authority to email you. Unlike the folio, I will not be sending this out retrospectively (too much hard work as it has to be done manually), so if you want to receive it, you will need to have a confirmed email subscription by the time I send it out (to do this put your email address into the box under my photo on the right and follow the instructions).
I do understand that not everyone follows via email, and I appreciate you no matter how you choose to follow along, but this is the only way that I can have any control over sending out this type of content.
So, what else has been going on? I finally finished my PDC. YAY! I thought you might like to take a look at some of my final drawings:
Now, I just need to recover for a month or two before I start on the work for the Diploma.
Around home we've had our first lamb and put our piggies in the freezer.
We had such a cold night last week that our water pipes froze - this has never happened in the 12 years we have lived here (or anywhere I have lived in my life). The water froze in the stock water troughs and Ollie had to come and supervise the cracking of the ice to make sure it was done correctly. He's a hard taskmaster that Mr. Ollie.
That's it! Did you make it to the end? You are a super-star!
Keep an eye out for updates and, if you get emails from my blog, something fun in your inbox over the next week.
Have a great weekend!