I remember drawing a self portrait in Kindergarten. Complete with brown page boy haircut, blue eyes, one lower than the other of course, a very cool striped skirt and one leg about three inches longer than the other.
Care to join me?
NAKED AS A JAYBIRD
I woke up with a start today,
because my dream went wayward.
I dreamt I went to my first class,
naked as a jaybird.
Waitress, I’d like a refill on my coffee and a side order of doodles… the diner is open for business…and I’m proud to be a part of this sweet, wacky, crazy-talented bunch of folk.
We’ve all been asked to answer a few questions to break the ice and here are my blatherings:
1. If you could only use one colour to draw or paint with forever and ever, which colour would you use?
Green. Any shade or tint will do. A bright, yellowish green evokes excitement and liveliness. Olive or moss green has a range from comforting to morose. Jade green can be mystical or refreshing. With a palette full of greens I feel I can communicate just about anything.
2. Other than your personal style what illustration style are you drawn to and would you ever consider trying it?
Although it’s a bit of a departure from the sketchy style I’ve been playing with lately, I am drawn to a more graphic, vector style. I’ve dabbled with it here and there over the years, but after being exposed to some fantastic vector artists of late, (like fellow Doodle Diner, David Sones) I feel inspired to get back into the Adobe Illustrator saddle and play some more.
3. What is the first thing you remember drawing?
I know I drew many things before this, but the most vivid early memory I have is of Fatty the puppy. My younger sister Susan was a big fan and she and I would create an ongoing illustrated story of the adventures of Fatty as I drew. So I suppose this is also my earliest recollection of artistic collaboration as well!
4. When you go to a diner, what food would you be most likely to order?
On a typical day I tend to lean more toward a salad or the ever popular Mediterranean style diet. However, on the odd occasion (less odd lately) I find myself craving diner food (AKA comfort food). It’s at these time I’ll have myself a patty melt with fries and a chocolate shake (the shake for dipping the fries in, of course.) Mmmmm… diner foooood!
5. Is there a certain person from your childhood that especially encouraged you to pursue your love for art?
Both my parents encouraged my love of drawing as a child. However, my earliest recollection of that support is my dad bringing me pads and pads of bond paper home from the office on a regular basis. I would fill up these pads with drawings of strange characters and goofy animals as fast as he could bring them. (I wish I was that prolific now!) He also bestowed upon me, at an early age, many of his old art supplies. He gave me pastels, oil paints and a collection of how-to books. I played around with all this stuff and found that I had some natural ability and was hooked on creating art from that point on.
1. Your studio… used to be the library of the brick school house we live in.
2. What is the first thing you remember drawing? Obviously, I drew lots of things before this, but I remember looking at a ballerina on my jewelry box. My family was waiting for me to come out of my room so we could go somewhere. (First things first! heehee) When I came out, I showed them what I drew, and they could not believe I did it without any help. I tried to draw it again soon after, and it didn’t turn out so well. Sigh.
3. When you go to a diner, what food would you be most likely to order? Something with ranch dressing. And I will still want to taste whatever you ordered. Unless what you ordered a reuben. You are safe with a reuben.
4. Is there a certain person from your childhood that especially encouraged you to pursue your love for art? Lots of people—art teachers, parents…but especially my grandparents. My grandma used to make sure I signed and dated my artwork. It really made me feel like a real artist, and like the art was important and official. One more example: my parents knew I liked to color. Once they woke me up in the middle of the night just to have popcorn and COLOR with me.
5. Is there something in your artistic life you take for granted? Yes. My thumbs.
I am so glad to be a doodler! Woohoo!
Hooray the Doodle Diner is open for business! To celebrate to launch Pickledog has created a dilly-diner illo, and answered 5 questions created by his fellow diners. Enjoy!
5 Questions with Pickledog
Q: Do you have an agent…if not would you like to work with one?
A: I do not currently have an agent, but I would eventually like to work with one. It would really depend on wether I found an agent that was good fit for me and my illustration style. Of course it would also depend on wether there’s an agent who wants to take on a cartoon dog.
Q: What is the first thing you remember drawing?
A: It may not be the first thing that I ever drew, but I remember drawing a red and blue house in kindergarden. The house was just basic triangles and squares with smaller squares inside for windows and doors. I think it was built into a giant tree, as I was (and still am) crazy about the idea of living in a tree-house. I think it would be fun to try to recreate the drawing from memory someday.
Q: Do you have a favorite memory from an art class?
A: Most of my memories from art class were great, but one that sticks out is when I was told to always paint from the top of the paper down so I wouldn’t get my sleeves dirty. Really, if you can’t get dirty, then what’s the point?
Q: When you go to a diner, what food would you be most likely to order?
A: That’s easy, a hamburger topped with cheese, bacon, tomato, pickles, onion, ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise, and slaw instead of fries. If the diner has an All-Day Breakfast menu that’s a totally different story.
Q: Is there a certain person from your childhood that especially encouraged you to pursue your love for art?
A: Both of my Grandmothers encouraged me to draw, and paint. I think ownership of all of my childhood masterpieces was spilt between them.
I’d just like to add that I am super happy to have been invited to stir up trouble here at the Doodle Diner. Let’s get cookin’!