When I first learned I would be a father I decided it would be a fun endeavor to make some art to hang up in my daughter’s room. I drew a lot as a child—mostly cartoony stuff—and had some experience with Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop, so I figured I could come up with something half decent for her. At the time I hadn’t met Audrey yet, of course, so I couldn’t tailor anything to her specifically. But I was pretty sure I could create something that met two important criteria:
- It was girly…
- But not TOO girly.
I basically wanted to draw something that would work for a girl without falling into that “Helpless Princess Trap”. My solution was to illustrate a young and adventurous girl in situations usually reserved for the boys.
I started by sketching out a scene on paper. Once it was to my liking, I scanned it into the computer and drew the entire thing all over again—point by point, mouse-click by mouse-click—in Illustrator. At that point I could paint, enlarge/shrink, and modify the picture to my heart’s content. Once contented, the last step was running it through Photoshop. This allowed me to add an effect that gave the entire scene a “papercraft” feel—as if each element had been cut out of construction paper and glued down.
Now, nearly three years later, I have completed three for Audrey, with a fourth on the way. I haven’t really shown them to anyone outside of my friends. I hope you like them.
The Pirate Lass
As you know from my previous post, I’m a fan of pirates. So naturally my first attempt centered on this theme, albeit in a cute sort of way. It took months to complete, but I have to say I am pretty proud of the results. It is my hope this inspires Audrey some day to be adventurous in life.
The Birthday Bookplate
My second piece of art was a much simpler project. We were having a birthday party for Audrey and we asked everyone to bring books as presents. My wife had the splendid idea of creating bookplates for them so that our guests could sign them. Great idea, honey! The problem was that she needed some art for them. That’s where I came in.
As you can see, my choice for the artwork was pretty obvious. But now, when I read to Audrey, she sees the bookplate every time and says, “Girl reading book. Girl reading book.” It makes me smile every time.
(Note: We printed these out in different color ink than black. I’m also currently working on a color version of this to print out and hang on her wall. Wish me luck.)
The Space Lass
My third attempt was to be much more like the first. This time, however, I wasn’t going to go with the pirate theme. No, this time my little Girl of Adventure would be in space!
I’m currently very close to completing yet another picture to go with the pirate and space ones. This one is set in a mysterious forest. I’ll be sure to post it to this site when done.
Speaking of done, I’m not sure where I’ll go from there. My wife is preggo once again, so perhaps it’s time to start crafting some stuff for Numero Dos. But we don’t know the gender yet. If it’s another girl then I’ll probably just continue down this path with yet another location for my cute little protagonist. If it’s a boy, however, I’ll likely switch it up. How, I don’t know. But I’ll cross that bridge when I need to.
Either way, I hope you liked what you saw. I hope Audrey does too!