My newest cabin fever ecard was born from being cooped up during this coronavirus pandemic. As we’re nearing the end of March, it feels like we’ve been in this “new normal” state FOREVER. Trying to remain patient and positive isn’t always easy, but it sure beats the alternative. As always, when I focus on my illustrations, my worries disappear and I enter my happy place. By sharing my process (as well as offering you the opportunity to send my ecards for free!) I’m hoping to spread some of that happiness around, too.
My cabin fever ecard…
Actually went through 3 different drafts. Fortunately, I didn’t feel upset with having to redo each draft. Heck, if you’ve got oodles of time, you might as well savor the opportunities to learn from each revision. (Note to self: Playing the long game may get you to your goal even sooner.)
Here is the 3rd version drawing before I added watercolor:
And, at the beginning of the coloring process:
Here I am surveying the finished illustration:
Actually, I lied. After I undid the Washi tape and scanned the drawing, I realized there were still a few small things I wanted to change. In my Corel Paint Shop Pro photo-editing program, I cleaned up the one area above the word “you’re” where I painted outside of the lines. Also, I decided to give my Siamese cat a pink nose.
Please browse the ecards on my site and consider sending one or more to your loved ones. We might have to practice social distancing for a while longer, but that doesn’t mean we can’t still find safe and meaningful ways to connect!