Wednesday, July 15, 2009

What's On My Desk or What are you Drumming Up???


Hello Everyone,
I just wanted to give you all a peek of what's on my desk right now.
I've been working on a second book that I've had the pleasure of
illustrating called "Drum City". I wasn't able to show, just yet, the
finish pieces. This was the first cover that I worked up. It has been
redone a few times now. He he he hee hee! I don't always get it
dead on. Sometimes it take 50/and 11 tries to get it right!
I will keep you all posted and show what I can when I can.
All in all, I'm enjoying the whole process. Even when I get
a little frustrated and stressed I get the joy of doing what I love.
Have a great week my friends.
Oh and please, please, please don't get offended if I don't
response to your comments right away. I'm going back under
my rock to finish up some more wonderful stuff. Mama says,
I can't come out to play till my desk is clean, but every once
in a while I'll come to the window and you throw your pebbles
it's our little secret yall! hee he hee hee

43 comments:

Suzette said...

Oh, Miss Newton! I just discovered your blog by accident and your work is adorable! I am also a full time mom and I love your story of becoming an illustrator, too!

Flor Larios Art said...

I love how the sun is smiling too. If you have time please come to my bog...I am having a giveaway...is one of my pendants...see you there!
Flor

Ken Chandler said...

Really delightful stuff. Your illustrations exude fun, and I love that about your work. I hope to have more sketches up on my own blog soon. Keep your fingers crossed.

Can't wait to see what you come up with next.

Diana Evans said...

oh this sounds like fun Vanessa and this piece is wonderful...I can only imagine the enture book!!!!

Hugs
Diana

mauricio salmon said...

wow, your design is so good, i love looking at your work!

Cheryl Lynn said...

Glad to see you my friend, even if it's just for a short peek.

This is sooo very beautiful. The composition is great and it just looks so full of happiness. I can't wait to see the book.

You ROCK! Have a great day, my dear.

'Diamond' Dave Merritt said...

Very nice design elements Venessa!

DEB said...

This is MARVELOUS! Even if it didn't make the final cut, it's a masterpiece! I notice that most of your works have a central focal point...like this one, with the taxi and the bus and the lead drummer all lined up. I have never taken a class in illustration, and I'm curious - is that a common recommendation for covers? I'm noticing lately that many cover pieces do that - use a central focal point. Interestingly, I think most fine art pieces in the galleries and exhibitions tend to keep the focal points off center. I don't remember why, but that's what I was always taught too.

Bobo said...

This is going to be a fabulous book, I just know it!

Indigene said...

Oh my, you don't have to apologize! We know creative and talented folks such as yourself are busy! lol! I'm just wishing I was busy doing what you're doing, instead of the day gig that pays the bills! I'm just simpering with envy...lol! But still loving and wishing you even more continued success, you deserve it with that talent you have! Hugs, I'm still here! :)

Shell said...

Hey, we understand..you have to work to pay the bills. I do love your illustration. They all look like they are having great fun.

yoon see said...

Vanessa, great to hear that you are on the second book!
I have to appologize to you dear, I am making the gifts bit by bit. Hopefully it goes well...and I love to send it to you soon:)

hint said...

drum city gets me going! good luck with all your work :)

caren said...

I love your illustrations, such a talent you are. Have you heard from Bella?

Charmaine D'Silva said...

V darling...how have you been? We have to catch up soon when we both are out from under those rocks! I've got a ton of works-in-progress as well and a big art show coming up soon.Cant wait to see what else you have in store..
Your stuff is so great, even when you are under pressure. Will call you soon lady. LOVE YA LOTS..Charm

nellita said...

CONGRATULATIONS FOR THIS SECOND BOOK!! I want to see it soon!!! the illo is wonderful!!!;)

Art Fan Ako said...

I'm excited for you! Fabulous page on your desk.

justdoodleit said...

Drum city looks like a big bang! Nice to see so many happy faces :)

SarahGaunt said...

Wow this pictures so fun! Your illustrations are amazing :D

kg said...

Not only is the cover art for this book darling, but I just wanted to say, I love your blog masthead - those two piggies in the bottom left corner are fantastic!

michael robertson said...

It looks awesome-it has such a wonderful energy, vanessa. i can't wait to see more. don't stay under that rock too long!

ladyd210 said...

Hey sweetie, Gurl I know you have much going on and much love for tomorrow. Your neice leaves Sunday so we're BBQing until 10pm tomorrow if you get a minute, everybody has schedule but wants to stop in, I'm fine with it all. I'll be in GA until Tuesday night back here Wednesday heading back with a serious grind. God knows all things so I'm moving! Love you!

Ana said...

Your new project sounds like fun! Good luck, I'm sure it'll be great.
I also wanted to let you know that I am giving away three of my calendars on my blog.

Heather said...

Looking good! At least when work gets in the way of life for you it is fun work.

Janine said...

Oh how lovely, the look of there faces, that is just perfect and I love the way you dressed up the girls.
P-h-a-n-t-a-s-t-i-c

jana said...

this is fabulous!!!!!

Vincent Juanes said...

Hi Vanessa, beautiful work and conglaturations for your second book!!! :-)

Lisa M Griffin said...

Thanks for sharing the illo... looks like it will be a wonderful and lively book! You take your time and get all your wonderful creative projects completed... it will be great to hear more about them when completed. Take care!

julissa said...

Congrats on your second book! I really really enjoy your work. I'm glad to have found you and will be following you. :D

Thanks for the lovely comment on my blog.

xo
Julissa

Gina said...

That is so cute, you are so very talented. I love your style.

Cheryl Lynn said...

Hey hon, I linked you.

Hope you're doing fine.

Eric Barclay said...

If this is the reject, I can't wait to see the final. Hugs, EB

Francisco Martins said...

Hey Miss Vanessa! I'm really glad to know that things are going well for you! Work work work...that's all wee need! he he!
Wish u the best of luck with this new book!
Have a great week yourself!

Francisco

Tammy said...

I think this is fabulous. Keep working and hope you get a break soon.

roberta baird said...

I won't tell mama if you don't!!

This is totally faboo Vanessa.... Drum City is going to be delightful... can't wait to see more!

kathy hare said...

Hello Vanessa, it's been a while since I visited your blog, and I just wanted to say what a treat it always is to come here and see your beautiful work.. this is such a lovely happy picture.. xxx

Vanessa Brantley Newton said...

Thanks so much all my beautiful friend for your encouraging words. I really truly appreciate you all for stopping by and taking time out of your very busy day or even vacation to stop by and say something. I get to come during lunch and check out your comments and it's refreshing!!! Thanks so much all of you.

Lilidoll said...

WOW !!!
Beautiful :))
I love your artwork ;) Really good !!

mbc said...

Thank you for visiting my blog! It was a pleasure to visit your blog and see your wonderful illustrations! They are so fun!

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