Sara Lynn Cramb
The Squid and the Whale
(an unlikely love story)
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Bighorn and Beargrass, 14x11”
Colored pencil on cotton paper
This is the second in my series of Montanan fauna/flora drawings, including all the work in progress photos that I shared on my twitter.
Beargrass is an unusual plant found in subalpine meadows of Northwestern North America.
Here’s one of my favorite pieces from another great artist and friend Heather Franzen. She’s creates gorgeous art with colored pencils, including the story of ‘Scaredy Cat’, a wordless tale about an adventurous kitten. You can find more of her work here: http://www.heatherfranzen.com/
You can now order Smithsonian Young Explorers Fact Book and Floor Puzzle: 50 States featuring my illustrations on Amazon. How cool is that?! http://www.amazon.com/Smithsonian-Young-Explorers-50-States/dp/1626861447/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1408377018&sr=8-3&keywords=smithsonian+young+explorers
Since I’ve been working on a lot of stuff that I can’t show lately, I thought I’d share some pieces from artists whose work I enjoy. This is “Southside” created by my good friend Melissa Shultz-Jones. She’s a master of creating gorgeous artwork full of lush detail and pattern. You can see more of her amazing work here: http://melissashultz-jones.com/
An Artist Abroad
Hello all! Sorry I haven’t posted much in the last few weeks. I was traveling abroad with my husband in the Cook Islands and got to spend an amazing 3 weeks there. My husband is looking to set up an archaeological research project there in the near future and I came along to help make contacts and have a bit of relaxation time. Rarotonga is a beautiful and inspiring place to say the least. I was thrilled to see unique wildlife (including several geckos, a squid, many starfish, and 2 sea turtles!), coral reef, and the enchanting cloud forest that looked like something out of a Miyazaki movie.
I was able to fit in some painting and drawing during the trip, though not quite as much as I would have liked. I gave most of my paintings away as presents to many of the wonderful friends and contacts we made in our time there. I was also lucky enough to work with a local artist, Michael Tavioni, drawing some indigenous patterns for a book he is working on about the cultural meanings behind these patterns.
Overall the trip was absolutely amazing and I will be able to draw inspiration aplenty from it in the months to come. I’m hoping to begin work on a Rarotongan Maori language counting book sometime soon. I came back home to a full schedule of work, which is a very good thing!, but it doesn’t leave much time for personal projects. Hopefully I will be making a return trip to the islands in the next few years, there’s much more to discover!
You can see my illustrations this Sunday, June 15th, in the “Smithsonian Young Explorers Fact Book & Floor Puzzle: 50 States”, published by Silver Dolphin Books (Baker & Taylor) in partnership with the Smithsonian! The book is available at Costco and will be available at other stores soon. I’ll put up a link to buy it on the Silver Dolphin website when it becomes available.
This is the first time my illustrations will be featured in a full length picture book (and puzzle!) so I am very excited about it’s release!!!
Stepping out of my comfort zone
Last Wednesday I was asked by my mother to design and illustrate a postcard announcing my youngest sister’s graduation party. And she needed it by the end of the week! My sister wanted symbols from her favorite TV shows as part of the design as well. I rarely draw people or pop culture references so I was feeling very much outside of my comfort zone. It took me a bit of time to figure out how to combine all of the elements they wanted into the image. I managed to pull something together by Thursday evening and sent it over to my family, half expecting them to hate it. Quite the opposite happened and after a few small changes the postcard was designed and ready to order.
This was just a small project, but it taught me some valuable lessons about working with subject matter I don’t normally pursue. While this isn’t my greatest illustration ever, it did make my family very happy and I learned how to be flexible as an illustrator in order to meet the needs of a project.
Is there a time you had to step out of your own comfort zone during a project? How did it go and what did you learn from the experience?