All, Daily Sketches

Back from Vacay, and Jammin on some arts

Back from Oahu and Maui! It is amazing how a break from usual surroundings, combined with beautiful things to look at, and no expectation can re-fill the creative tank. Travel is an amazing exercise. Just the act of absorbing new surroundings alone is enriching. I can hardly wait for the next trip. Here are some select photos:

windy maui

#marukame #udon in #Waikiki #Hawaii - best noodles i have ever eaten in my life. Two hour bus ride from north shore more than worth it.

#sorbet #surfing #frenchfries #happiness on #Oahu #Hawaii so much #aloha i can't even worry about anything

Accidentally ended up on a horse trail #hiking in #Oahu #Hawaii . These are some of the sights we saw. Posting as we wait for the bus.

My goal is to finish Mer-Kingdom enough for the first proof to be ordered and in the mail before I start my new job next week. Yes, new job, new surroundings, new projects. It will be an adventure for sure. What I have left: facing pages with info about the sea creatures, designing the cover, getting my editor to look at my copy, updating said copy, and ordering my first proof of the book. Hawaii rest fuel – ACTIVATE!!

oyster

mer kingdom swordfish

#merkingdom #coloring book final inking. Sister page for this one will be about #jellyfish !

final inking for #merkingdom #coloring book. This ones sister page will be about kelp!

All, Inspiration

Crazy Awesome Dream

Last night, I had a crazy awesome dream. It was so awesome and featured some of my artist friends and those I admire, so I felt it appropriate to share:

I was walking around Los Angeles, and I effortlessly ended up at the front gates of the LA Convention center, where the convention was for none other than The Society Of Children’s Book Writer’s And Illustrators (SCBWI). (In waking life I am a member, and have great respect for the organization. I went to a convention once and it was mind-blowing. It helped me step up my illustration game). I found the help desk where I asked if I could wander for free (In waking life, you need to pay a hefty sum to meet all the awesome talent and listen to their lectures) and they said “Absolutely! All Weekend! Plus we have the writer of Peanuts here.” As I bolted down the colorful convention halls to go stalk Charles Schulz, I heard my name announced loudly over the convention speakers. A gasp emanated from a small crowd at another info booth. I busted a 180 and galloped over. Important looking people were drawing names for who was chosen to get into Artist Alley at next year’s San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC) infront of a dry-erase board. Upon seeing me run up, they wrote my name on the board under the namesĀ Sarah Kushner, Purple Top Hat, Megan Lara, and Tess Fowler. Someone next to me said “You sure are lucky you got here in time!”. As I turned to see who said that, I no longer saw crowds or a convention hall, but a crystal clear, azure ocean. I was on a luxury sailboat. Looking down, I saw in my hands the certificate that proved I got a spot in SDCC. In waking there is no certificate, but in my dream it looked like those gold inked graduation diplomas. The wind was on my face, and I could hear the sails luffing right before they caught a strong wind as the boat and I scooted off toward a beautiful island on the horizon. I got so excited, I woke myself up.

Yes, I will say that again. I got SO EXCITED, that I woke myself UP from sleeping. I sat up in bed, my heart was pounding….and even when I realized it was just a dream, it was such a good dream I wasn’t sad it wasn’t real. I promised myself I would share it in the morning.

Have a lovely Thursday. I know I am. If today gets me down, I’ll just remember that a dream is a wish your heart makes.