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Sandra G. Anderson Illustration

Let your imagination fly!

They’re Not Dolphins, Mom. Sorry.

Drum roll, please!

……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. The new piece in the “Mommy & Me” series is here!

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I’ll have to apologize to my own mommy since she requested dolphins and I decided to draw Walruses instead…¬†Maybe you’ll see some dolphins in the near future, mom. ūüėČ

(Also, my daughter watches this show called Wild Kratts that has an episode about Walruses and Polar Bears that she loves to watch over and over again, so I gleaned some inspiration from that!)

These were SO fun to draw! For some reason I have this fascination with drawing things that are *ahem* chubby. Even the drawings of children in my sketchbooks are a little bit round! Oh, well. Round is fun!

So, as I’m thinking about animals and mommy’s, it makes me reminisce about when I was young. Our family had a lot of cats at one point (which was awesome for me because cats where my favorite animal,) and one time we had this sweet mama cat who decided to give birth underneath my parent’s bed! I’m not sure how they¬†felt about it, but it was so magical to me as a child; I would have loved to have kittens under my bed! (Of course I would have loved it if I had a pony in my backyard too….. *sigh*)

What’s your favorite animal? What did you wish you had as a child? How many times did your parent’s have to remind you that even though your backyard looked like a petting zoo you couldn’t charge the neighborhood kids an admission fee…….?

‚áíArt Tip For Today‚áź

Go to the library! There are many benefits of studying up on drawing techniques and other artists. I recently checked out one book about using ink, another on watercolor pencils, a third that contains interviews with over 20 well-known illustrators, and a few more on how to write and illustrate children’s books. There was a whole section of drawing books there¬†I didn’t even know about and it¬†has proven very useful! Another great resource for gaining knowledge and new skills is YouTube. That’s a great option if you like to see firsthand how the artwork is actually constructed.

Your Illustrator Friend,

Sandra

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