Mice Are Nice

I painted a series of mice going on an adventure in the woods. I grew up in the lush wooded hills of southern Wisconsin where spent many happy hours wandering the woods, building forts with my brother and sister. I love to the feel of earth between my toes.

In these paintings, I had a lot of fun with the mark making in the negative space.

Character Design Exercise

1. beginning shapes
Thanks, J. E. Morris for reposting this warm-up sketch exercise from Kelly Light's Character Design 101 Workshop at NESCBWI 2012. The exercise consists of taking the given shapes and creating characters from them. It was a challenge and a lot of fun!

1. The beginning shapes

2. by Alicia Schwab
3. created by guest artist ISABEL, age eight.
2. Here is what I came up with. Hope you like it.

3. I have a guest artist featured below. The artist ISABEL, age eight has been drawing all her life. She loves birds and she draws them all the time. I especially like the spotted claw in the lower right!