This winter has been busy with contracted projects plus a couple of requested outlines and proposals that also take up a lot of time – hey, here’s to hope! Anyway two of the subjects I’ve written about during these cold, dark, dreary days are pandemics and hurricanes. While the research has been interesting, these are not very happy subjects. And writing dark stuff can have an adverse effect on the brain.
So, in honor of the Winter Solstice with the promise of less darkness, I decided to take a dark break and create a couple of goofy mascots to perhaps silly up some text about the workings of a TV remote, toilet, and binoculars: aliens pondering Earthling inventions! This project is for very young kids, so I was trying to come up with friendly, funny characters as a way to break up the technical bits:
These are just sketches that I’ll keep futzing with over the holidays, along with some other fun projects. They were a welcome break from the dark stuff for sure. Plus, most writers know that switching gears once in a while can sometimes be more productive than just grinding away at a project until it is done. If you don’t like to make art, make cookies! And er, invite us over.
Happy holidays and see you next year!