I can hear the wind blowing outside my window in the wee hours of this morning. The lights have been flickering on and off with cracking and booming sounds of tree branches hitting the roof. I am praying that sunshine will arrive and chase this windy dreary autumn storm away!
I have been busy with no ideas. So I thought to do a rooster for my
great-grandmother. According to my grandmother, her mother was very fond of roosters and saved the life of her favorite while growing up on a farm in Michigan. It was one of many stories that my grandmother told of her mother.
I think she sort of haunts my mother and I in a good way. Maybe this explains the roosters my my mother made and painted. I even have a rooster doll my mother made.
In my professional day job, I am Val Lesiak, greeting card designer. I go by the name of Valerie Drake running my portrait business with my husband Norman Drake.
I thought to see what my illustrated letters would look like in a book so I used blurb.com to make one. It felt kind of impressive. Here is my cover illustration. I am thinking of looking for a publisher and have yet to decide on Lesiak or Drake, although my grandfather wrote mystery stories under the pen name of Drexel Drake. Maybe the Drake name would bring it luck. Who knows?
A is for Airedale and the most famous one at that. This handsome animal sports an ascot.
Does anyone remember ASTA?
This is the last and the first of my letter series. The letter A seemed to be the hardest one to come up with. I didn't start with the idea of connecting the letter to a word. That evolved latter. It has been rather fun and who knows I may start another series, but I think I will take a break for now. Twenty six seemed to be quite a lot of designs to do in one group. I hope that you have enjoyed them.
I did a caterpillar character awhile ago and it seemed he would make a nice letter C. He seemed like a natural. I will make him available on my Etsy page with lettering and without lettering as an option.
I am a designer and illustrator with many years of experience designing in the social expression industry. I have always loved designing and experimenting in all kinds of media my whole life.
When not designing my own work, I work with my husband, illustrator and photographer Norman Drake as co owner of YOURPRECIOUSPORTRAITS.COM.
I would enjoy hearing from you.