I adore the reference photo that I used for this piece. The Girl tolerates slinging for only twenty-minute chunks max, and when we do sling it’s the sweetest, coziest thing. (She does enjoy being cozy, just like her mom. She also gets real pissed off in the heat… Just like her mom.)
At the moment, she’s luxuriating in her morning nap. It’s rather thoughtful of her to give me a window of time during my “creative hours” to work on projects and ponder the existence of the universe. The rest of the day will be spent examining mom’s face, attempting to get that pesky foot in her mouth, and contemplating whether she really is ready to roll.
I’m calling this one “Target Practice” because drawing a baby who is not asleep is like trying to pin the tail on a moving donkey. While blindfolded. And drunk.
Also, it feels good to play without too much concern for the end result. Helps lube up those sticky neural channels.
My Aunt came to visit from out of state last month and she met our baby daughter for the first time. I snapped a couple photos and fell in love with the composition, colors, and emotions. By some friggin’ miracle, I was able to bust out a lovely drawing yesterday start to finish, despite being smothered (in a good way) by my four-month-old.
Thank you for making the trip, Auntie. ❤️
This is pretty much the only time I have for drawing, so……
This is what it looks like when you draw your baby while she sleeps on you.
I submitted this drawing as entry into a contest to win a gorgeous, highly sought-after ring sling baby carrier. Women frequently offer up serious cash, their non-dominant arm, or, ironically, their babies to score such a coveted work of art. Winning it would just be a wild stroke of luck.
However, the winner was selected randomly from the pool of entries, not based on quality. So I didn’t win. But apparently I am self-assured enough to believe I would have won if the selection was based on the work itself. 😄
Anyway, the drawing is still fun, and the video highlights how many times I change my mind while making a drawing. 😬
This ended up being a lot more fiddly than I anticipated, but I’m very pleased with the outcome. One of my favorite strips so far. 😬