The Lifecycle of a Sketch: Meet Annabelle


I thought it might be fun to trace the journey of a piece of artwork from sketchbook to finished product(s) today. Here's the story of Annabelle, a recent sketch I did.

Sketchbook Life of Annabelle

It all started with a little sketch. One day, I sketched a few characters. Just for fun. And then I named them all. (Know how I came up with the names? I used a baby naming book!) This was just a sketch I did simply to practice my craft, so it sat quietly in my sketchbook, forgotten until a few months later when my nine year old daughter was flipping through my sketchbook with me and came across the page. She wanted to know all about the girls and started brainstorming stories with me. Were Beatrice and Betsy twins? Was Betsy a tomboy and Beatrice a princess? What about Annabelle? It was decided that she looked like the kind of girl who would spend her days reading a lot…and so a story was born. Annabelle lived upstairs from a library. Her mother worked as the librarian so, afterschool, Annabelle spent a lot of time in the children's section of the library. Her dad was a writer and he set-up his workspace in another corner of the library. And did I mention that Annabelle has a cat? That talks? But only in Shakespeare quotes?


My daughter was so excited by Annabelle, that I choose her for my subject for my painting assignment in the Make Art That Sells Bootcamp class that I'm taking.

Of course, we couldn't stop thinking about Annabelle and Shakespeare, so another afternoon was spent making Annabelle and Shakespeare the Cat peg dolls.

Annabelle Peg Dolls

I also entered the Annabelle painting in a contest with the Los Angeles Times. Annabelle is practically famous!

Who knows where else Annabelle will end up? Maybe a children's book? A stuffed doll?

And to think it all started with a sketch….

3 Responses to The Lifecycle of a Sketch: Meet Annabelle

  1. Lena says:

    What a sweet story with so many possibilities. And Annabelle the peg doll is adorable with her kitty sidekick. They are visiting one of my favourite places…the library! <3<3<3

  2. Wendy Fedan says:

    What a great post! Inspired me to blog about my own process, just so I can remember it for future interviews! Thanks for the inspiration – and cute work!!

    • Laura Bray says:

      Always happy to inspire Wendy! Be sure to let me know when you blog about YOUR process, I would love to see it!

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