Reflecting on Strengths

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I am wowed by the works of Sandra Dieckmann, but I am not her.  As you can see in the work above, I have been gazing admiringly at her work for too long.  I am still a Photoshop novice, and am not really confident in how to create backgrounds yet.  Still, learning is a process, and it’s fun.  However, this is not me…I don’t want to come off as trying to shark anyone’s style (even though hers is much more precise and well thought out!) I do want to get better at Photoshop…even though at times it feels like a vast ocean of tools to learn.

Style…what an issue.  When I let go and draw, and don’t allow in the influence of other, greater work, I come up with a loose, cartoon-type style.  Or I am caught somewhere between realism and fantasy/cartoon.  One weird hybrid!  In some books I’ve read on creativity and drawing, it has said that your style comes from drawing or creating “in the flow.”  My influences over the years have ranged from Charles Schultz, Walt Kelly, and Bill Watterson to Quentin Blake and Edward Gorey to Egon Schiele, Paul Cezanne, Edward Hopper, Paul Gauguin and Michel Basquiat. ~whew!~

When I look at my sketchbooks, there are more often than not cartoon-type people and animals roaming around.  I need to embrace what I do best.  Maybe that is cartooning?  Comments and thoughts on this are welcome.


  1. Don’t sell yourself short!! You are gifted in many more arenas than cartooning!! I have the proof hanging on my walls. Anytime you question yourself, come for a visit!!


  2. I like what you’ve done here because it’s still Nance-ified–when I look at Sandra’s website, I prefer your style, hands-down. Truly! Not trying to score brownie points!


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