I've had a Secret Project I've been working on, for a Twitter friend. Remember the Rubber Duckies?
One of my Twitter friends, Hana, does watercolor paintings of the cats that we post to Twitter. She did the most darling painting of Symon surrounded by little business duckies. I loved it so much that I asked if I could buy it. So, she sent it to me! From Japan! Here is her Twitter.
I wanted to send her something back, so I made her a sketchbook. I also hired a student to translate some notes into Japanese. I thought he'd write them out, but he said that if I wrote them myself they would be more meaningful, so I practiced copying what he emailed me.
Here is the sketchbook in progress. I added these photos to the Big Journal Covers post (it's way at the bottom of that post). Rather than a hard cover (using canvas panels) I glued Stonehenge paper onto canvas, so it has a soft but still sturdy cover. I really like this. The next one I make for me will have a soft cover like this.
Here is the finished Sketchbook:
We Tweeted some photos of us holding Symon in front of the painting, which we hung on the wall:
She also included some hand-drawn and painted calendar pages for October, November and December:
And a little cat drawstring bag, which I now use to hold my role playing dice:
I also wanted to send her a drawing of Symon. This part took the longest! After the #DRAWLLOWEEN project, I figured out some layering techniques with graphite pencil. And I have been wanting to practice drawing Symon. So I finally tried drawing Symon the way I draw my faces. After these drawings, I want to add more graphite layering to my face drawings.
Check out this painting of Symon going to see Star Wars!