IF Emergency and an Interview

Emergency - IF It's been a while since I last participated in the Illustration Friday (IF) project. In fact, looking at my old doodles I realised that it has been over a year since I last sent a doodle. Ergh.

Anyway, when I checked last Friday's theme - "Emergency" - the first image that came to mind was a literal interpretation (an ambulance or a fire engine). But, last night, as I went to bed doing some practice doodles, a different story came to mind. And, that chook came in to picture. I just went with it. And had fun.

I really, really like the idea of creating doodles with a story in mind.

I still have a lot to learn when it comes to illustrating. Especially using digital tools. I mean, I have the general idea of how to work with 'traditional' tools like pen, paint, pencils, markers, etc. But, working with digital tools still feel a bit awkward. Yeah, I've been trying to master this media for a while. But, I know that I haven't really given it a lot of time and practice. Ah, well. At least I'm enjoying the process. I just hope to keep getting better.

In any case, here's my process with this IF doodle: First, I used pen and paper to draw the idea. Then, I scanned it in. Once I had the scanned image, I launched ArtRage2 and used the trace function to help me transfer and re-work the doodle using my Wacom tablet. Then, I launched Adobe Photoshop Essentials 2 to "colour it in" and add the text.

Since I already have your attention, I thought I might as well share with you my latest interview: An Interview with Shai Coggins of b5media by Steve Remington of Skinny Moose Media. It's been some time since I granted an interview. The piece talks about professional blogging and the general state of weblogs. Thanks again, Steve!

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About the Author Shai Coggins

Shai has been managing and blogging here at ShaiCoggins.com for 17 years. Here, she writes about creativity, productivity, and how to recharge for a better, happier lifestyle. She is the author of Today: Life Journal, Colour Bliss: Kaleidoscopes, and a little known children's book. A serial entrepreneur, Shai also currently runs Vervely.com, a boutique digital media agency offering online content, community, and conversion marketing services. Her blogging experience and digital work have been featured in various media, including being listed in Fast Company's "Most Influential Women in Technology" list. Originally from Manila, Shai lived in Singapore and the USA before moving to Australia with her British husband. They have two children, a pet bunny, and a rambunctious rescue Labrador.

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