Penelope and Snowie

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.
Penelope and SNowie

What inspires you?

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  …

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Dream big dreams!  These three sure do!

New Years Eve Party!

Janna and I were talking the other day, thinking about Penelope and Eloise.  We wondered how they might bring in the New Year, and we concluded that it would most definitely be with style!!!

So, without further ado, we captured the moment … Penelope and Eloise, dancing up a storm, resplendent in their old lady dresses, huge pearl necklaces, and large floral hats.  They KNOW they look good, but more importantly, they are having the time of their lives.

We hope 2014 brings many blessings, and much joy to your lives!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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Winter wonderland

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….

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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!

Merry Christmas .. from Penelope and Eloise

These little ladies know how to get things done.  Enthusiasm and excitement fill the air as Penelope and Eloise help decorate the Christmas tree.  It is going to look amazing!

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May your holiday be joyous and special – full of love and family and friends :).

Meet Penelope’s best friend, Eloise!

Penelope and Eloise have been best friends for as long as they can remember …

which is FOREVER!

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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….

Further Explorations of Character Design

I’d decided Penelope’s basic proportions. Now it was time to try her out in various positions, activities, and moods.

In the sketchbook drawing below, I tested my basic concept of Penelope to see if her proportions would work sitting down, crossing her arms, and jumping in the air.  I wanted to be able to exaggerate her proportions on a case by case basis (foreshortened and detailed feet with toes … bigger shoulders for a hunched up look when crossing arms) and was pleased with the result.

Next, Janna and I decided upon a hairstyle to match her character.  Wild, carefree, stubborn, and loveable…her hair became an expressive part of her design.  I wanted it to look generally the same, but be able to use it to indicate her mood and tell a story.

🙂

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This drawing of Penelope is much closer to the final design, only her hair would be simplified over the next little bit.

This is also the first drawing of Penelope with her bunny and puppy (Snowflake).

But I still had questions. How would she look in her different environments.  What would her house look like? How tall should she be in comparison to its front steps? How should I design her bedroom?

And what about the rest of her family? How should the rest of the Bloom family appear?

Very exciting!!!

Treasure!

There’s always something new to discover … if we open our minds to see.

And,

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.

Penelope Bloom | Tricia Bos © 2013

Penelope Bloom | Tricia Bos © 2013

It’s a marvelous and beautiful world we live in!

Penelope Bloom Bunny Winner!

We have a winner!

Penelope Bloom | Tricia Bos © 2013

Penelope Bloom | Tricia Bos © 2013

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 janna@vanderveen.com to give me your address and I will send you this beautiful prize.

Sweetheart by Janna | Janna Vanderveen © 2013

Sweetheart by Janna | Janna Vanderveen © 2013

Thank you all for participating.  We will do another giveaway in the near future.

Warmest regards,  Janna Vanderveen, Tricia Bos…

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and Penelope.

Her ongoing mission, to explore strange new worlds …

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.

Penelope Bloom | Tricia Bos © 2013

Penelope Bloom | Tricia Bos © 2013

And anyways, it’s always a good day to do something exciting with your friends!!!

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Penelope Bloom Bunny Giveaway

Penelope Bloom LOVES her bunny.  She takes it with her wherever she goes.

Penelope Bloom | Tricia Bos © 2013

Penelope Bloom | Tricia Bos © 2013

In honor of Penelope, and the book that illustrator Tricia Bos and I are developing, we’ve decided to give-away a beautiful, handmade, one-of-a-kind bunny just like Penelope’s, in a drawing. This soft gray bunny features a hand embroidered face with multi-hued green eyes.

Sweetheart by Janna | Janna Vanderveen © 2013

Sweetheart by Janna | Janna Vanderveen © 2013

Whether you keep this softie/plushie toy for yourself or give it as a gift to a loved one, it is sure to provide smiles and laughter.

To enter the drawing, complete the following steps below:

1.

Make sure you are following this Word press blog via e-mail or the follow button (See the widget buttons in the left bar)

2.

Like this post.

3.

Share to one of the social media sites listed below this article.

That’s it! You’ve earned yourself an entry. If you’d like to earn a second entry, visit www.jannavanderveen.com at this link: http://wp.me/p2drrL-FC and complete this same process.  You can also earn a third if you visit my Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorJannaVanderveen, become a fan, and write a comment beneath the giveaway posting.

The giveaway ends in five days, on October 27 (Sunday) at 10:00 PM.  All entries will be placed into a bowl and one name will be chosen at random. I will announce the winner in a follow-up post. Please check back to see if you have won. If you are the winner, please inbox me your contact information or e-mail me at janna@vanderveen.com so I can mail you your prize.

Warmest regards and good luck!

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