Black and White

My husband and I moved two weeks ago, and though we unpacked a fair amount, our new apartment is still filled with a sea of boxes. The studio, alas, is no exception. While I search for proper furniture for the space and new places for my paints and brushes (we lost a significant amount of shelving space when we moved), I've been playing with basic supplies and black and white.

There have been a few middle grade characters floating around in my head of late, so I used the moving-chaos and the characters as an excuse to do a few small experiments in black and white using only pencil and watercolor graphite. Here are two of them:

School Visit

This week I'm doing my first school visit for A Penguin Named Patience at my old elementary school. I've been prepping a presentation for the kids with loads of pictures and drawings of the book as well as  work I did when I was at Lakeville elementary.

This week, my folks unearthed a few choice pieces for the presentation, including my 1st or 2nd grade (alas not dated) school photo:

And a cat that I drew c. 1989/1990

That cat...

::shakes head::

I may as well throw in the towel. That is the best cat I have ever drawn and will ever draw.