I declare 2010 the year of MAGIC!

So all the sketches are done and approved. It is New Year’s Eve and I want nothing more than to spend it painting and drawing my coloring book. (And for my hunny bunny to steam those awesome crab legs we got and put out the cheese tray and make that blackened salmon later, oh and how about pouring me some of that awesome wine we got and serving me. Howz about it? Yes? Too much? You LOVE me, you know you do!)

I have so many things that I want to work on, so much to do. I am so excited for 2010!! This is the year that I will be able to quit my job and my art will make enough money so that I can do that! Hey, you have to put it out there, no matter how crazy it may sound, right? I am declaring 2010 the year of MAGIC! Because so much awesomeness is going to happen that it will seem like magic! You should totally declare 2010 YOUR year of magic too! It is better the more of us that do it! But behind all that magic will be me working my butt off. Lots of late hours painting drawing, putting my work up for sale, working on my coloring books and prototypes for new products with Idea Builders and hopefully, cross my fingers, pretty please with sugar on a top a BOOK DEAL! Are you listening God? This year is MAGIC! And I am willing to do whatever it takes, put in whatever work is needed at my full time job AND at night and weekends to make my art into my full time job. I am READY! 🙂

Here are all the approved sketches for my zoo buddies coloring book. The publishers want to add in other animals besides dogs- how crazy, right? I KNOW. But, I thought, “Self, your publishers want you to draw other animals. And they make your art into coloring books. And also, they PAY you. Self? DO IT!” And so here they are. And I had quite a lot of fun! The concept is what do zoo animals do before they go to bed, what helps a giraffe unwind, or a hippo get ready to sleep? A bath? Shower? Maybe some nightly news? I cracked myself making the hippo watch news from a fox. Get it? FOX news?? HAHAHA!! Then there are the Naked Mole Rats having tea. Sophie saw Naked Mole Rats this summer at zoo camp and INSISTED they be included. And then, when I saw Mo Willems Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed, well DUH! I HAD to include them!! (Hi Mr. Mo Willems!! I HEART YOU!!! I want to meet you and be friends with you! Not in that crazy stalker way, but in that, “Hey, yeah, I know Mo. He is TOTALLY cool. I totally know how he takes his coffee cause we go get coffee from time to time and chat about illustrating and writing kids books.” kind of way. Too much? Neh… Gotta dream big I say!

So here are the sketches.

And I know this post is WAY too long but in a NOT VERY MAGICAL turn of events, I came home the other day to find out one of my dogs had EATEN MY RHINO IN A BUBBLE BATH drawing- the FINISHED READY FOR PAINTING one. Grrrrr. Serves me right for leaving it at snout level and all, but still. RUDE DOG. So I am pretty sure this was the dogs’ way of saying that me drawing other animals is not cool, but dude, until those three mongrels PAY me to draw, I will be drawing naked mole rats, and polar bears and hippos watching the news. (FOX newscaster…snicker, snicker…)

Here is my interrogation of the suspects. I am leaning toward one, but they all seem pretty guilty if you ask me.

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