It's time for Me-vember!

November 2, 2018




How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time. 




I know - that is truly a horrible analogy. What kind of person would eat an elephant?! But it's something I often have to remind myself of, because I get so overwhelmed when faced with a large task.



This blog has been an elephant I needed to eat for a long time. (OK - analogy let go....NOW!)




I've decided to participate in the #NaBloPoMo challenge, where you post a blog post everyday in the month of November. I'm breaking down my goals into bite-size pieces where I can tackle one small topic everyday. 



I want to approach this blog both as a journaling exercise for myself to document improving my work with papersculpture, learning (re-learning?) narrative illustration, and writing picture books.  I also want to help build a reference for others who might be interested in a similar method of working, because I feel like I really struggled to find resources when I was starting out. (More on that on tomorrow's post). 


In the summer, I was fortunate to take a class and participate in a workshop with Debbie Ridpath Ohi who is a social media guru! She encouraged me to build these blog posts so that potential agents/art directors would be able to understand my process, and understand how we could work together. 


I figured the best way to show my process was to work through a piece through the blog posts; I actually decided to work through two pieces, to broaden the potential opportunity for demonstrating techniques, etc. My goal, therefore, is to generate a sequential series of blog posts while creating these two pieces, allowing lots of opportunity for discussion of technique, media, etc. 


I actually finished (!) Inktober this year - I think primarily because I limited myself to small simple drawings with a defined theme. I quite enjoyed the process, and want to apply some of my learning to this month's blog challenge. So I have chosen two of the drawings which most interested me (doesn't mean they were necessarily the best rendered or designed) to re-work as larger paper sculptures. 


My theme for Inktober 2018 was feet and shoes - because I hate drawing them. I wanted to use this limited area to try and still show narrative and character. The two posts are shown below: 


​​"Star" is from the folktale "The Star Maiden".

A maiden who lives in a star searches for the perfect place to live on earth. She chooses the yellow star center of a water lily. 


Bottle is from the fairytale "The Spirit in the Bottle".  A woodcutter's son finds a (demonic) spirit trapped in a bottle at the base of a tree. 


Working slowly through these two pieces will also allow me to participate in another challenge - Slow-vember. Created basically as a way to relax after Inktober.


Also, for interests sake, I created a 30-sec video of the complete Inktober 2018 book. It was from a book I had made in a workshop, and I bound it too tight. I also had to add pages, so it got a little wonky at the end. Individual images can be found on my Instagram and Twitter @JoniLNemeth.






Thank you for joining me on this journey. 



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Joni Nemeth is an author-illustrator living in Chandler, AZ | All images shown are © copyright 2015-2019 Joni Nemeth and/or respective clients. No reproduction of images permitted without written consent.