Monday, June 20, 2011

Museum sketches...

Yesterday I went to the Denver Museum of Nature and Science with my cousins, who were visiting from Florida, and my mom and dad. I managed to sneak in some quick sketches.

I think I'll have to head back to the Museum sometime soon to do a longer drawing of the Red Hartebeest. He's such an unusual looking fellow, with his very long face and spiraling horns. Read more about him here.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Skippity doo!

Getting ready for the SCBWI Summer Conference in L.A. Woot!!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Illustration Friday: Swept

Here's a portfolio piece I'm working on about a girl who gets swept away by a mysterious wind.

images copyright Brooke Boynton Hughes 2011

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Sketches from Peru

Happy Wednesday to you!

Here are some sketches from our honeymoon in Peru.

I wish that I was a words person so that I could do justice to all of the weird, funny, beautiful things that happened... but sadly, I am only a pictures kind of a person. So these sketches will have to suffice.

Although, I will say that we saw Andean condors (they have a wingspan of 3 meters!), lots of llamas, several white caiman, a baby howler monkey, and a snail the size of a man's fist. We met a lot of really wonderful, friendly, interesting people. And we ate LOTS of delicious food... lomo saltado, fresh squeezed orange and mango juice, and cuy (aka, guinea pig). Oh, and potatoes. Peru is the birth place of potatoes.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Illustration Friday: Shadows

"Words are but the vague shadows of the volumes we mean.
Little audible links, they are, chaining together great
inaudible feelings and purposes."

-Theodore Dreiser

Monday, June 6, 2011

Airport Sketches

International Airports are great places for people watching. There were so many interesting faces of all different kinds in both the Lima and Houston airports. And since we had long layovers I had lots of time to observe my fellow travelers.

Now that I'm home I realize that I've been neglecting a bountiful source of inspiration. While I sit alone in my basement studio, doodling and trying to come up with interesting characters, there's a world full of fascinating faces just a bike ride away, just waiting to be turned into storybook heroines and candy giving witches, bike messengers and shopkeepers, monsters and kings.

So I resolve to spend more time out in the world, observing the folks of my town, and taking advantage of the inspiration that I'd forgotten was there. Maybe I'll even head to the airport once in awhile.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Another sketch from the flight home

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Home Sweet Home...

I'm home. sigh. It feels good to be home. Hello iced coffee! Hello fresh veggies! Hello Kitty cat! Hello blog!!

Here's one of the many sketches I did during one of our two very long layovers (the first one was 10 hours and the 2nd was about 5 hours) on our trip home from Peru.

I have many more sketches to share (and maybe some photos and stories too)... but those will have to wait a day or two. For now I have to tackle the pre-wedding catastrophe that is our house and my studio. I hope you are well my friends. See you again very soon...