Sunday, 18 November 2012

Getting Busy On The Zine....


This is what my desk is looking like this morning
full of notes, and scraps of paper
and half sorted pages for the zine I am writing about how I make my art
I have most of it sort of organised
and have a lot of it written
albeit in chicken scrawl that could be hard to understand
but I am figuring it will come back to me
and it has been a fun process so far
it has been all the best bits from those years of teaching art
without all the yucky stuff that makes you question your will to live
like syllabus, staff meetings, marking and  writing reports
not to mention I get to write it in pyjamas
wins all round really ...


I have started the illustrations
and have a good plan of exactly what I need to draw
and a pretty good idea of the layout
though I know myself well enough to know that the layout will change pleanty of times yet
but all the stressful bits like deciding what to put in and what to leave out are done
and the now really really fun stuff begins


So these are little sneak peaks of some of the finished drawings
I wanted to get a couple done to set the style of it
and these are just as I wanted them
which means I am so ready to jump in and get busy
exciting stuff
of course it does mean that the ever growing mountain of part finished work
may continue to be ignored
but this is just all too exciting at the moment

The other excitement of the last day or so has been my post going up
for the When Artists Cook series
that I take part in over at Dion Dior
I enjoy being part of it and I the painting that I did for this post
is now one of my new favourites
I worked a bit bigger than I have been lately and I love how it turned out
might be time to work on that scale more often
after I get to some of those part finished works I have shown you in the last few weeks done
and the canvases
and the zine
okay so maybe I will be working larger in the new year
bloody hopeless I am...xx

Linking up with both Sunday Sketches

Links to the last posts are here as well...

Tarts ...

37 comments:

Serena Lewis said...

Hi Trace,

I hope you fared okay in the crazy storms yesterday....the one last night was over FIVE hours long...unbelievable! I can hear another in the distance as I type.

How exciting that you're working on a Zine!! Awesome! I love all your work!

Enjoy the rain,
Serena xo

Laurie said...

this is so wonderful and exciting, beautiful work! Best wishes!!

Jennifer McLean said...

those pencils are a work of ... well.. art. lol. I'm totally putting my name on your list for buying one of your zines. I'm gonna want it signed though. ;o)

Art on my friend. You're doing great with time management, unlike.. ME.
Hugs,
Jenn

Bev said...

Exciting news about the zine , great sketch too hope the birthday boy enjoyed his day...
hugz bev

Jez said...

That looks a really interesting project. And the artwork great as usual. It all looks too good for the humble title of zine.
Thanks for nice comments on my blog.

craftattack said...

Great! Good for you being able to take part. Sorry I haven't been around, I was just really ill! Hugs, Valerie

EM Illustrator said...

Beautiful work!
Have a lovely Sunday!

Sinderella Studio Designs said...

super exciting time! I can't wait to see it finished. as always love all the art!!!!
cheers, dana

missy k said...

Good luck with the Zine looks like its all going well so far :)

Exciting!!!!

I love your pen sketches :)

Karenx

Christine said...

lovely paintings this week, great detail!

ArtMuseDog and Carol said...

Your art work is always so wonderful and bet your 'zine' will be great also ~ Love the pens illustration ~ (A Creative Harbor) ^_^

Anne Manda said...

Zine sounds exciting as are your paintings for it, so crisp and fresh!
Your part in "When Artists Cook" was very funny, I lolled at the end!

Tori Beveridge said...

The zine sounds fantastic. I love your pantry, it looks like mine!

Sharon Evans said...

Your drawings as ever look great, good luck with the zine.

Catherine Constance said...

Love the pens in the jar. Totally agree, working in your pj's is bliss. Unfortunately I'm still at school... :(

sandee said...

It will be as great as you as I have told you many times, you are both a fantastic writer and a painter! I love everything you do in your pj's no less!! lol waving hi from the hills of North Carolina :)

Molly said...

very exciting! can't wait to see more of the 'zine!

Mandel said...

Wow, looks like you are really busy at the moment :) I really wish you good luck with the zine, it sounds really interesting :) I also like the pictures you have already shown. Looking forward to see more of it!! :)

Debbie said...

I wish you all the best with your zine! Your artwork is always so fabulous, so I'm sure you will do well!

Carol Lee Beckx said...

What an exciting project! Love the drawings - wish you great success. Looking forward to seeing the finished zine.

janice smith said...

Writing in pajamas is the absolute best! I can't wait to see the Zine...these first few images are, of course, amazing.

Colleayn said...

I can't wait to see your zine. Have fun creating it! I've got all these ideas in my head to create one one day, but it seems to just stay in my head. I'm glad you are creating yours.

VonnyK said...

I know you can't see me but I'm jumping up and down in my seat. Can't wait for your zine to come out, I'm in the queue already!! Looks fabulous.
Getting back to the cleaning now, talk about a let down!
Von

Michellem said...

How exciting - can't wait to see the finished zine!! Your sneak peeks of your supplies are amazing!!

Rita said...

love the illustrations you let us peek at...can't wait to see more...looking forward to your zine

Rita said...

Oh, I am really excited now! A Tracey zine--whoohoo!! Looks complicated to set up. Can hardly wait to see what it looks like. Love the sneak peeks. :) :)

Lynn Richards said...

Well now! I'm looking forward to your zine. Plus it's nice to hear someone else's crazy life!!
xo
Lynn

Nigel Roberts said...


The illustrations are excellent, so, how do we get a copy of this wondrous zine?

Sandra Busby said...

I wish I could be so productive - You have so much on the go!! I am on a couple of commissions at the mo, which I hate doing because it interferes with my creative flow. Clearly getting in the zine is working wonders for yours!

Lorinda @ Everyday Endeavours said...

Eep! So excited about the forthcoming zine!! You're a cruel tease with those beautiful sneak peeks. xx

Tammie Lee said...

wahoo, creating a zine about your work style, that is fab! all your pieces look wonderful. Love the glass of water, that seems like a hard thing to create.

stefanie stark said...

It sounds exciting that you are working and creating a zine. Your scribble notes makes me feel exciting too. It looks like something very creative is happening. The pens look great!

Neesie said...

I knew it was going to be a great day...sitting propped up here in bed in my Pj's visiting and then I read your post about your zine!
WHOOHOO!
Put me down or shall I form an orderly queue?
It's so exciting I can't wait! ;D

Brilliant illustrations as per usual!
Have a great day :D


Viola said...

Such lovely drawings, and I imagine it takes quite a time to draw and paint them, at leat it would be for me :))

Terri Morse said...

You draw and paint the prettiest tea containers! This one turned out great. I love the colors and plums are fun to paint. I'm glad that your daughter is feeling better. -Terri

HollyM said...

I love the loose happiness of your paintings! I look forward to seeing the zine.

Giggles said...

Good for you the pencils are awesome, can't wait to see snippets of the zine!! Happy Sunday to you!!

Hugs Giggles