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1. Zoo Sketches

Every semester, I take my character design for Children's Book Class to the Zoo. It's always a fun, relaxing day. Here are a few sketches from that day. 

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2. Spring Presentations

The wonderful people at Redwood Library have put together a poster for the upcoming speaking engagements. I'll also be presenting at Redwood Library on May 4th at 1pm. More details about that soon.

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3. Candlewick and New Project

Here are a few finishes from the Candlewick book I've been working on. I'm just a few weeks away from finishing all the book.

Also I'm about to start a new project with Bloomsbury about Sonia Sotomayor. Should be a busy spring.

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4. Character Design for Children's Books

Snuck another drawing in while I was teaching. 

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5. New

These are recent samples I did for a publisher. Had so much fun working on these!

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6. Character Design Sketches

It's been awhile since I've been able to post sketches from the Character Design Class I teach. Here are a few from the past few weeks.

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7. College of Charleston Magazine

Another illustration for one of my favorite clients, College of Charleston Magazine. Also a sneak peek at the final artwork for the Candlewick book I'm illustrating.

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8. Interviews and First Proofs

Exciting! I just got my first round of proofs for Knit Together (January 2015). Here's a sneak peek.

 Also I was featured in a few interviews. First, in a recent issue of Academy of Art University newspaper. Second a wonderful blog devoted to Children's Books called The Children's Book Review. 
Thanks to Bianca Schulze for the feature and the Academy of Art University for their continued support.

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9. Macmillan and Gallery Show

Macmillan, the publishing house that published Maria Had A Little Llama, just sent out a lovely little email with all their award winners from this year's ALA awards. It's certainly nice to see Maria there with other books that I adore.

Also I'm going to be participating in group show this March at the Sun Gallery with a bunch of Bay Area Children's Book Illustrators. The artist reception will be March 16th from 1pm to 4pm. Should be fun!

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10. Pura Belpré Honor

I'm humbled and delighted to announce that Maria Had A Little Llama won the 2014 Pura Belpré Honor.  I can't wait to receive the award at the Annual American Library Association Meeting in Las Vegas. #alayma

If you want to watch the announcement and other ALA Youth Media Awards. Here's the link. It's announced around minute 40.


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11. Scholastic Book Club

Here is a delightful video for Scholastic Book Club featuring Maria Had A Little Llama.

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12. Sketchbook

I'm a little rusty, but I'm sketching again outside. This is near my first apartment in San Francisco.

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13. Horn Book Magazine and Jewish Contemporary

Good News! Maria Had A Little Llama was featured on Horn Book today.

More exciting news! I'll be doing an art workshop on January 26th at The Jewish Contemporary Museum in San Francisco.  More details and a link below:

Clay Creature Studio
Jan 26
Join local author Angela Dominguez as she tells the tale of a bird named Hugo who overcomes his fear of flight in the lovely book Let’s Go Hugo. Celebrate this story and the stories of Arnold Lobel by creating your own clay creatures in our art studio.

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14. Loro Mango Sketches

I just finished the final sketches for Loro Mango written by Meg Medina (Candlewick 2015). I can't show all of them, but here are a few of my favorites.

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15. Distinguished Alumni Award

I picked it up today after last week's lovely ceremony. Still in shock and feeling very grateful.
The school also produced a lovely little video of me and what I do. Here is a clip:

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16. Knit Together

Here is one of the final illustrations from Knit Together (Dial 2015). This story has been a labor of love for the past few years. It is actually the very first story I ever wrote. It began in 2010 as a poorly written rhyme with no narrative (and rejected a few times) to something that I'm very proud. I couldn't have done it without my wonderful team at Dial and my agent.

You'll see a few more on website by the end of the year. In other news, I'll be headed to New York for a few meetings with publishers next week. It'll be great to see some old friends and get some extra inspiration. 

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17. 826 Valencia Winter Mailer and Starred Review

Here is the completed Mailer for 826 Valencia's Winter Mailer.


Also great news! Santiago Stays received a starred review from Horn Book Magazine! 

Lastly, I participated at Small Business Day at Petunia's Place in Fresno, CA. My mom joined in reading Maria Had A Little Llama in Spanish to the eager kids. 

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18. ABFFE Auction and Sketches

Lately, it's been hard to sneak in quality life drawing while teaching in my ILL 699 Character Design Class, but I'm happy to post some of my recent favorites. Also just a reminder check out the ABFFE Holiday Auction. It opens November 26th.

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19. Knit Together and Santiago Stays Book Signing

My Yarn Children's Book at Dial (2015) officially has a new title. It's now called Knit Together and I couldn't be more pleased with the new title. Below are my first preliminary thumbnails for the cover. I'll have previews of the interior art before the end of the year.

Also just a reminder, I have a  Santiago Stays book signing at Barnes & Noble Emeryville this Friday at 4pm. Hope a few of my bay area friends can make it out!

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20. 826 Valencia Preview

Here are the final sketches and one of my color studies for the 826 Valencia mailer. One of the designers there will be putting fun hand lettering on all the books. I'll post the final artwork soon.

Also I'm going to CTN (Creative Talent Network) this weekend and sharing a table with the talented Alina Chau. Excited!

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21. Santiago Stays Barnes and Noble Book Signings

Exciting! I have two upcoming events at local Bay Area Barnes and Noble:

Friday, November 08 @ 7pm
Barnes and Noble
2200 Eastridge Loop
San Jose, CA 95122

Friday, November 22, 2013 @ 4:00 PM
Barnes and Noble
5604 Bay Street
Emeryville, CA 94608

Lastly, here is a recent dog's interview I did for a children's book blog. Thanks Annemarie O'Brien!


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22. Horn Book Review November/December Issue

Here is the latest Horn Book review for Maria Had A Little Llama. Woo hoo!

Maria and her llama smile out at us from the cover of this bilingual picture book, a riff on “Mary Had a Little Lamb.” Maria’s tale, told in English and Spanish, is set in the Peruvian Alps. The bold ink and gouache illustrations include plentiful cultural clues: the market, the village, the traditional headwear, and the musical instruments all help to place readers in the setting. The text mirrors the traditional tale (“He followed her to school one day. / Un dia le siguio a la escuela”), and the limited amount of text allows both languages to appear on the same page or spread. Maria and her llama, though, are the stars of this book. Their personalities and their affection for each other shine through. As if to confirm it, the last spread opens to a scene of children, llamas, and local Peruvian musicians playing and waving as they encircle our two stars dancing in the center. This is a scene young children will return to again and again. jim st. clair

In other news, I'm participating in ABFFE Holiday Children's Art Auction. This illustration from Santiago Stays will be up for auction.

Lastly, I'm happy to be working with the people at 826 Valencia again. I'm illustrating their Winter Mailer. Final artwork soon.

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23. Santiago Stays

Exciting News! Santiago Stays was featured In Cesar Milan's (The Dog Whisper's) Magazine, Cesar's Way,  as a must buy book. In addition, Santiago Stays is on display nationally at Barnes and Noble. I also have a few book signings scheduled at Barnes and Noble in November.  All I can say is, "Good boy, Santiago! "

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24. Loro Mango and Alumni Award

I am working on a picture book with Candlewick called Loro Mango. After getting my roughs approved and feedback, I'm now beginning the tight sketches. Here are some character sketches.

In other news, I'm being honored by the Academy of Art University with the Distinguished Alumni Award. I'm in disbelief and so appreciative for the Honor. Thank you to everyone at Academy. It's been my home in way or another for 8 great years.

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25. Character Design Sketches and SF

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