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I’ve been obsessed lately with Flight and Movement.

Starts with doodling.

Add color. Animate next.

Birds inspired by Alexander Calder exhibit. Animate these guys next.

My Fly mug available here.

One of my Comfort Cards. The movement of the balloons.


More movement


Posted in Art design lessons, artist sketchbook, Creative Curriculum, Creativity and imagination, Whimsical animation, whimsy and quirky art

Playing with Alien Botany

The Nursery Department grows and sells Alien Botany from seeds from all over the planets. I bet you didn’t know that.

I’m developing the pages for the book and here’s a sneak peek for all you readers.

What started out as a sketch…

Before clean-up and for the coloring page.

Creating a planet for the Alien Plants. It’s part of the lesson. Environments are very important and give meaning and understanding to the object.

Adding color digitally. It’s coming to life! Even the butterflies think so.

Adding a full environment and background — a photograph at 50% transparency. Oooh. I wonder where these plants are from. Well, there’s lots of trees there.

Until next time, thanks for being part of the process of creating the Idea Emporium Book & world!