Listen to music while you draw or write for 5 minutes. Where is the music taking you? Draw that.
If the music is sad, draw that, too. (paraphrased comments from Vanessa Newton's workshops)
I need to work on adding more emotional pieces to my portfolio and this can only be accomplished with more practice. To be honest, I don't want to feel like this illustration "feels". It's heavy. But, this morning it's where the music met my heart and eventually worked it's way out of my pencil. I'm encouraged by the fact I have unconsciously created an opening for her. She's coming out from whatever weight she is carrying. I'm pretty sure that Jesus is reminding her to give it to Him. She - WE - are not meant to carry this life alone.
In every struggle there is hope.
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Deb Johnson is an illustrator and writer for the children's market. She loves character designing and story weaving...and is excited to see what God is knitting together in the process!