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Wednesday, May 28, 2008

The Dangers of Downtime...

I have done a rash and impulsive thing...

I have signed up to attend this:


It is an absolutely amazing sounding week of artartart with killer, top-of-their-field painters. Of the SciFi/Fantasy variety. A market I have always been drawn to, but instead, keep ending up painting fairy wings for seven year old target readers. Who like glitter.

I only ran across the existence of this workshop a few days ago (now that I can actually read things online again). After some deliberation - and trepidation - I took their last open slot. I now have to start working on a fantasy cover 'assignment' for this, in addition to the two twinkly fairy covers I am doing in June.

I am excited, but intimidated as all get out. (I suspect that this workshop's target demographic is not middle-aged, watercoloring, children's illustrators... I don't have a big-bosomed, metal-bikini-wearing, warrior chick anywhere in my portfolio...)

If I survive it all, I hope to come back transformed.

Maybe it'll be me wearing the metal bikini.

12 comments:

Gina said...

LOL, sounds terrific! I can't wait to hear all about it, and I know you'll take pictures, of the metal bikini too : ) And listen, you are uber talented and so super smart that you'll fit in anywhere.

Jeff said...

You do realize that the last line of your post is begging... BEGGING I say... for me to break out Photoshop? :P

She Who Flies said...

That sounds like a wonderful thing for you to do right now! Something for you, a nice creative challenge, pushing out of your comfort zone in a fun environment...

Have fun!

PG said...

LOL! What an image I now have in my head (you mean you HAVEN'T got any big bosomed scantily clad girlys in your portfolio? I thought everyone had...)
It will be a welcome break from twinky fairies! And do I spy Boris Vallejo? Crumbs, that is top stuff!

natural attrill said...

Wow, how exciting! I am sure you'll come back inspired and it'll influence your work in some way.
P.x

michelle said...

Way to go for it Tara!!! I'm so proud of you. Metal bikini and all.

Rebecca Bush said...

It *is* exciting to throw yourself out into the void and take a chance! Ya-hoo! :) Congratulations!

dinahmow said...

Just what you need ,after all those Fairy Chronicles. And remember, after this class, you'll have a new kind of portfolio and maybe even a new direction.
(If you DO go for the bikini, keep some calendula cream handy!)

Elizabeth said...

I think you need to dust off the metal bikini.
So many of the kids I taught were into the Japanese style of illustration - I'm more of a Tara Chang Arthur Rackham fan myself....
I think traditional illustration has much to recommend it....
So glad you have reentered the blogosphere - I know you have been very busy.

Hayden said...

(chuckling) Yep, time to don the Power Goddess Outfit - sounds like it'll be a wonderful adventure!

Soozcat said...

Yay! You can do it, Tara, I know it!

I look at all the blackberry brambles around here and think of great visuals (which, of course, I cannot draw). Something like a blackberry witch, with beautiful dark-stained lips and leaf-green eyes, but bristling with thorns like a vegetable porcupine.

Vickie said...

I can't wait either to hear about it!! I think you'll hold your own! You have a creative imagination that's what counts the rest comes from practice and training your mind to look at things in another way. Your quite capable!!