Laughter is the best medicine.
Just ask Penelope.
She dressed Snowie in a tutu…poor doggie.
And found the result hilarious–in a tears draining from eyes, giggle-fit kind of way.
Our hope today…that you would see the world through the eyes of a child and find happiness and laughter in your day.
The winter Olympics are over now, but boy were they fun to watch when they were happening!
The athletes of every nation are so inspiring, they make me want to try many of the amazing things they are able to do … (this year I decided I might want to try hockey … lol).
Near the end of the 2014 Olympic games in Sochi, Janna and I wondered what Penelope and her friends might be doing in response to the inspirational athletics they were watching. We decided that they would most likely join in, with great imagination and enthusiasm, and that it might look a little like this …
Dream big dreams! These three sure do!
Penelope is blonde and wears a lot of pink. Eloise has curly black hair and mostly wears green. What colours would Junjie have?
I think, there will be a variety of colours with Junjie. He will often be pictured with his trusty magnifying glass in the future … and his is a truly scientific mind. I think his colours will tend to change with his goals and pursuits :).
As for his eyes, I thought hazel would be nice …
The third of our irrepressible little trio is a boy, named Junjie.
Yesterday, I began to work out what he might look like, and how he and the girls might relate.
This is a first sketch … and I like it so far.
Pictured below are two stages of a drawing; first, the blue pencil drawing (it’s an erasable animation pencil), and second, the drawing after I’ve scanned and altered it on the computer so that it is an outline only, ready for colour to be painted on in a layer below the drawing.
I haven’t quite decided on his colours yet …
What is your favorite snow based activity?
One of my favorite childhood memories is of playing in the backyard at nighttime with my siblings, building snow forts. It was a magical experience. It didn’t matter how much or how little snow there was… we were in a world of our own making, far from the normal of everyday life.
Penelope and Eloise’s world is equally mysterious and beautiful. In their eyes, the house seems to appear far away, but in reality, it is much closer. The stars gleam as if caught up in their adventure….
We hope you had a very Merry Christmas and wish you a wonderful New Year’s Eve!
May you also have many exciting and meaningful adventures!
Now that Eloise is designed, it’s time to see what the dynamics of her friendship with Penelope will look like.
The writing will determine most of that of course, but there are subtleties in body language and activity that will speak volumes. Although it is time to begin serious work on the illustrations for the book, it will always be important to explore these characters more fully. They are as deep and as complex as you and I.
What I most like to keep, in any drawing, is a feeling of energy, or life. Sometimes that quality lies in the line work, other times in the colour, and yet other times, in the texture. Sometimes, it is found in all three. Each drawing needs to satisfy the eyes and the soul in some way.
Penelope and Eloise have been best friends for as long as they can remember …
which is FOREVER!
They share the same sense of bold adventure, curiosity, and mischief.
Eloise, like Penelope, wears a tutu and has a big bow in her hair. But Eloise is also a princess warrior! She carries her bow and arrows around with her wherever she can, because you never know when you might need them….
In order to draw scenes for our book, “Penelope Bloom AND THE NASTY, GHASTLY, DREADFUL SMELL”, I’ve had to envision Penelope in a variety of different settings.
Gradually imagining these places is much more fun than creating them all in a hurry. As such, I’ve spent the past few weeks dreaming up her environment. I am excited to delve into this process further as I create all sorts of places for Penelope and her friends to explore.
This scene is inspired by the many antics of one of my favorite comic strip characters, Calvin, from Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson.
There’s always something new to discover … if we open our minds to see.
parent to child, friend to friend, culture to culture, we have much to share. We’re never to old or too young to teach and explore together.
It’s a marvelous and beautiful world we live in!
We have a winner!
Penelope is excited to share her bunny experience with you.
After placing all the names of our entries into a bowl, I mixed them well, lifted them high above my husband’s head, and let him pick.
Our winner is….
“Master Of Jokes”
And yes, that’s not a joke. 🙂
Please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org to give me your address and I will send you this beautiful prize.
Thank you all for participating. We will do another giveaway in the near future.
Warmest regards, Janna Vanderveen, Tricia Bos…
Every little girl imagines.
Every little girl is a princess in many wonderful, custom-made realities of her own.
It doesn’t really matter where she finds herself: she can enter those places from her backyard, the attic above the garage, her bedroom; even the classroom she’s supposed to be paying attention in …
Penelope has many such wonderful places. The forest near her house is one of them. When she and her bunny (and puppy of course) set out, there’s no telling what sorts of adventures will befall.
And anyways, it’s always a good day to do something exciting with your friends!!!