Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Nose to the Grindstone

It's hard to stay positive about the book-writing-illustration world when you hear news like this. But as my agent said recently, look at a market downturn as an opportunity to grow, to try different things, to reinvent yourself. Great advice to keep in mind.

Last night I doodled while we watched Antiques Roadshow. It took my mind off bad news and also, doodling makes TV more interesting. I'd call these blind-contour ramblings. The show cut between headshots and items being discussed-- I was focusing more on the heads.



















There was one woman who just would not stop interjecting while the expert was telling her about her find. In the bottom right corner I scribbled what she said. I wanted to yell at her-- Stop talking, and listen, puh-leese! You'll learn something! (I can't even remember what they were talking about, she was so distracting!)

Anyway, it felt good to keep the hand moving, and good to keep drawing.

13 comments:

Vivian said...

Thanks for sharing your sketchbook. This lady sounds like an interesting character...

Best of luck with your work!

Have a great Thanksgiving.

Elizabeth said...

I adore looking at the people in the background of antiques road show.
Utterly mesmerizing but usually not catwalk ready.
Some astounding costumes!!!

Jennifer said...

Thanks, Vivian, you too!

I agree, Elizabeth. It's fun to see their reactions, too. :-)

Frank Gardner said...

Well, that link does seem like a good temporary business plan. If not as much is coming in you should cut back on what your spending or you'll eventually run into trouble.
I have cut back a little on buying tons of frames and linen panels and stuff. I have more than I need right now anyway. I'll just buy supplies closer to the time I actually NEED them for now. Just that it takes so long for things to get to me with shipping and all.

Cool sketches. Sketching people off the TV is a great idea. Free gesture poses.
I cant read what she was saying it's too small. I'm sure it was annoying though.

sketched out said...

Great sketches, and great idea to sketch folks on the telly. I tend to draw at cafés and get the dirtiest looks sometimes, hee hee. A bit safer when there's electronics between you and your subjects.

Thanks for both the articles. It's a little scary, especially when I finally got around to getting my first dummy ready to send. Great timing, eh?

Christine Mercer-Vernon said...

bummer of an article. but love these little head studies you really managed quite a number of them!! i love antiques roadshow...love it...i too hate when people interrupt the appraisers.

Jennifer said...

Hi Frank-- I guess it's a good plan in theory, though it is unprecedented in publishing. But I'm with you on the cutting back. We're doing the same. Personally I think a lot of people have too much "stuff" anyway... so it may not be such a bad thing...

Hey, do you guys do a "Día de Pavo" down there or something?? ;-)

And thanks, Linda! (Just found your name on your blog!) Ugh, for timing. It seems like there's always something. I say go for it though, if you think your dummy is ready. And yes, TV sketching is entertaining-- especially when my daughter wants me to watch the same episode of "Jon & Kate Plus 8" with her for the hundredth time...

Hi Christine-- Yeah, well, just gotta keep moving forward, right? :-)

We love the show too. Fun to guess how much each item will bring.

Frank Gardner said...

Hey, we watch jon and kate+ 8 too!

yes, we do Accion de Gracias tomorrow. That is just the translation in Spanish, it is not a holiday here or anything. But there are so many gringos that it is a popular day and lots of Mexicans join in. Who can turn down a good meal?

I don't buy much "Stuff" anyway, but I slow down on the material buying. Just a bit.

I agree, the credit and buying too much is one of the things that got us in this mess to begin with.
I never buy if I can't pay.

Jennifer said...

Oh, I forgot it was called that! Pues, felíz día de Accion de Gracias, amigo. ;-)

And sometimes... that show makes me want to tear my hair out...

Christine Mercer-Vernon said...

hey you two jon & kate fans....they live across the bridge (about 20-30 minutes) from me. my friend ran into jon at the mall....had to help him find his way back out to his car.

Jennifer said...

Haha Christine! My daughter will be THRILLED to hear that! Now she's gonna ask if we can come visit you... ;-)

(I don't dislike the show... it's just that I've lived through the crying, diapers, snapping at the spouse, etc... don't really need more!)

Christine Mercer-Vernon said...

LOL! tell her anytime, we love visitors! i've been to many of the places they go on the show, it's all local here. shelby likes to watch it, i can only take so much too. although, i have picked up some great ideas from her, like the travel backpacks and stuff.

Jennifer said...

Cool-- we just might! And yeah-- I could use some of her organizational skills, for sure. :-)