Wow, I was really getting tired of looking at that not so wonderful mermaid every time I came to this blog! I finally have something else to put on my blog. The reason I haven't been posting is not because I have not been doing anything, it's because I have only been working on jobs that I have to wait until they are published to share. So here is a couple of illustrations I did for The Friend Magazine, September issue. It's for an article entitled, "It Pays to Listen."
Here's some news from the drawing board of Shawna J.C. Tenney:
I have been learning a lot about painting digitally on Photoshop- some from doing it on my own, some from friends. I decided the only way to learn the computer was to just dive in and start using it. So I was working on a little religious book of "The Prodigal Son" and decided to paint the whole thing on the computer. At first it went very slow, but things got faster as I worked and learned. I think they turned out pretty good- there are still some things I want to improve, but overall I think I made the finished products look almost like my acrylic paintings. I will post some illos from that book when it is published. By the way, this does not mean I want to go totally digital. I just thought it would be good to have a faster and cheaper way to get through those jobs that don't give me very much time and don't pay a lot of money.
I really hope to have my new website up by next month. I'm going to do this! I PROMISE!!
I went down to a lecture at BYU by illustrator Rudy Gutierrez, which was very inspiring. Here are a couple of things I wrote down in my notes.
Style is inside you- it's what you're feeding yourself (in other words, it grows from the things you look at).
When you have a gift, it's your responsibility to uplift and inspire others.
Know your value- along with that comes perseverance. Believe in yourself.
Art is therapy. Art is medicine. Respect it.