Monday, December 26, 2016

Thoughts on the Timberline project and the future

With mixed emotions I can say they are all done now.  For months I've wanted to see them finished but this also marks the end of the experience.  I know I've been commenting how much fun it was to work on these drawings.  It really was.  I hope folks enjoy these as much as I enjoyed making them.  They have been scanned and prepared for print.  I'm now waiting for the proof to come back to make sure I didn't overlook anything before it goes to print.  

When I was doing market research for this project I joined a coloring book group in Portland to see who colors, why they color, what do they choose to work on and what they work with (pencils, markers, crayons, etc.).  It was really interesting.  I asked them to look at my rough drafts to see if there would be interest in such a topic.  They loved it!  While I really enjoyed drawing the newels in the lodge I was expecting they would prefer scenes around the lodge and I would probably have to replace the newel drawings.  To my surprise they suggested I do a dedicated coloring book to just the newels.  I've been thinking about it as I've worked on this set of drawings.  There are twelve of these unique newels in the lodge. The only problem with the idea is there is one I have yet to figure out what animal it is because over the years it's been worn down by use to the point of unrecognizable.  So far none of the rangers up there know what it was and neither does the staff at the lodge. I have some homework to do. 

Friday, December 23, 2016

An extra for the Timberline project

For the folks who supported my Kickstarter project I've designed some extras just for them to thank them for their support. 


I really like them.  Wishing I had these done before Christmas but I was trying to finish the coloring book in time for the holidays.

PS - there are more undisclosed surprises for the Kickstarter folks.  

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Saved for last

I saved this one for last.  Over the course of this project I made four trips up to the mountain to take reference pictures and to check the accuracy of my drawings.  This is one of my favorites because of the reflection of the mountain in the windows.  

Friday, December 16, 2016

The front cover is finished

The front cover is finished.  The inside pages are complete.  I've uploaded my files and am now waiting for the proof to arrive in the mail.  Thanks to the holidays it's going to take a little longer than usual so I'm trying not to be too impatient to see the final product!  

Monday, December 12, 2016

A favorite

This is one of my favorite areas to enjoy at Timberline Lodge.  

My husband gave me three days up at the lodge so I could check my drawings.  I truly enjoyed the opportunity to just take it all in.  So many people go up to the mountain and forget to just stop and breath and appreciate.  Beautiful.