Got Stuck in My Own Tree!


Today has been a day of climbing and not getting very far! Seems I’ve been stuck swinging’ on a branch with this little guy! The higher he climbs in this tree, the more complicated are the poses and positions he takes.  I spent virtually all day trying to draw this little guy in this awkward position where he’s almost ‘skinning the cat’ hanging over a branch trying to see what’s in his back pocket without falling out of the tree. After searching for toddler climbing images, sketching up reams of poses, almost hitting my head on our brick floor trying to strike the pose myself in a chair upside down, making a paper doll and bending it over a pencil posing as ‘the branch’, and then losing the last 3 years of photos on my computer, I finally got a peek at him, lying limp over the branch, trying to look into his back pocket, without falling out of the tree!                                                                                                                                                                                       ..aghh! and now after first part of my watercoloring, he looks sort of ‘dead’ hanging on the tree upside down! This little child is “leading me” where?!!!! Breathe, Ann!

2 Responses to “Got Stuck in My Own Tree!”

  1. Annie Martin February 26, 2013 at 7:56 am Permalink

    Ann — He lives… and CLIMBS! I’m so proud of you working on your book. Beautiful illustration!

    • afgordon February 26, 2013 at 5:56 pm Permalink

      Thanks, Annie, for encouraging me and him! It sure helps to get feedback and encouragement, too! Wish we lived closer! Love, MeiMei

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