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26. Twoodle: Hippo + Trampoline

© copyright Alicia Padrón 2013

Here is my quick #Twoodle for this week
using the words hippo and trampoline

I never really liked hights either... ;o)

If you want to #Twoodle too, click here to learn how!


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27. Look what I got in the mail!

I received these tiny books! They are the smallest format I have ever illustrated and so darn cute! Pages are really sturdy and since they are so small these books will fit wonderfully in toddlers' hands.

This is my favorite spread. I thought at brushing time, bunny should be brushing ducky too. :o)

Sometimes with board books there is not so much room to tell a parallel story with the illustrations as there is with Picture Books for example. Board books are very straight forward, usually with a few simple and easy to read images that little ones can really recognize. But I find there is always a way to make things interesting for little ones reading the book. I decided to give baby bunny a favorite toy, rubber ducky. So kids can look for ducky on every page, find him and look forward to the next page where they will look for him again.

Another great thing about illustrating books is that sometimes the power of an image can make the text change. For example, on this page, the text initially was "dry everywhere".

I decided instead of have dad dry bunny with a towel like on the left, it would be fun to have bunny shaking his little tail. I mean, what a better way to dry all over and fast right? Hehe.. Plus I just knew kids would really like that page. Luckily Highlights agreed with me, they really loved that illustration and decided to work the text around it.

So, never doubt sending your initial ideas of how you think a book should go. Send them your best possible interpretation of the book. These are sketches and they will go through a lot of eyes in the publishing house and a lot of revisions. People can't really guess what you have in mind. The best way to tell them is to show them your vision.

There is something so especial about creating books for babies. It's a book in it's simplest form. The thought of catching babies' attention and just thinking of baby snuggling with mom/dad looking with wonder at the book... It's a privilege to do this.

It's Bath Time is part of a set of books published by Highlights and goes along beautifully with their new magazine Highlights Hello

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28. Happy Mother's Day!

© copyright Alicia Padrón 2013
from Un Beso Antes de DormirEdiciones SM

Wishing all moms out there a lovely day,
 filled with hugs and kisses
 from your little or not so little ones!


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29. Twoodle: Octopus + Star

© copyright Alicia Padrón 2013

Here is my #Twoodle sketch for this week using the words:
Octopus + Star

Doesn't she look fancy?
She certainly thinks so... ;o)

If you want to participate in #Twoodle,
just click here to learn more!

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30. A few prints for sale

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Hi there!

These are some of the prints I have for sale over at my Imagekind shop. The quality of their prints is really superb I have to say. I think these would look so cute in a baby or child's bedroom, don't you think? :o)

You can visit my shop here if you'd like to see more.

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31. Twoodle: Candy+ Apple

© copyright Alicia Padron 2013

This is my Twoodle for this week using the words:
Candy and Apple
suggested by @1FuzzyMonster and @deuhlig

If you want to learn more about #Twoodle, click here.

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32. Just Released!

I worked on this little book a while back and found out that is now available!

It's a cute bath time board book featuring a bunny! I love drawing bunnies so I was thrilled when the people at Highlights asked if I wanted to create a bunny family for this book. I'll share a few pics of the inside once I receive my copies. :o)

This book is part of a set published by Highlights for Children and it's along the lines of their new Hello Magazine for little ones. You can learn more about these books and order some if you like by clicking here.

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33. #Twoodle: Monster + Daisy

© copyright Alicia Padrón 2013

My quick #Twoodle for this week using the words
Monster and Daisy suggested by @bluelily17

If you want to participate, you can!
Just click here to learn more. :o)

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34. Twoodle: Duck + Rainbow

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Duck + Rainbow = Weeeeeeeeeeee!!!! :o)

My 5 minute warm up #Twoodle of the week.
If you want to #Twoodle, click here to learn more.

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35. Fairies

© copyright Alicia Padrón 2013

I love fairies, don't you?

They are of course magical, but also I think they really touch that inner child in all of us.

© copyright Alicia Padrón 2013

I will be using some of these fairies on our PBJunkies promo postcard which we'll be sending out soon.

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 Maybe they will sprinkle some of their fairy dust and find me some lovely fairy books to work on! :o)

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36. Babybug Magazine- March 2013

Art © 2013 by Alicia Padrón

I was happy to illustrate a poem for this month's issue of Babybug magazine!

I haven't received my copies yet (one of the perks of living far, far away from houses.. hehe ) but my lovely agent was kind and sent me some images of the magazine so I thought I would share one of them with you. I'll share the rest when my copies arrive.

Art © 2013 by Alicia Padrón
And this is a little detail from the spread.

Really enjoyed painting this Indonesian family. And of course every fishing family should have a kitty! :o)

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37. The Next Big Thing: A Global Blog Tour


I am participating in a global blog tour to bring awareness to authors and illustrators about their books.  A big thanks to the talented Maggie Smith for asking me to participate!

To answer these questions-

What is the working title of your latest book? 

The lastest book that I can talk about because it has already been released is Un Beso Antes De Dormir. Spanish for, A Kiss Before Bedtime.

Where did the idea come from for the book? 

I really only illustrated this book. Teresa Tellechea, the writer who is also the editor, was the one who came up with the idea.

What genre does your book fall under? 

Board book.

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What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition? 

That’s an interesting question! This book features babies kissing their mommies before going to sleep, so it would be lovely to have actresses playing themselves along with their babies. Since this board book has animals of all kinds living in their environments I would love for the actresses to be from all over the globe, in their native homes with their babies.

Juliette Binoche (France), Salma Hayek (Mexico) and Meryl Streep (US) come to mind.

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book? 

All kinds of baby animals gently kiss their mommies goodnight. 

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Who is publishing your book? 

Ediciones SM. First Spain then Mexico.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript? 

Teresa was in charge of that but I will answer this in the point of view of the illustrator. I took me about 2 weeks to roughly sketch these 10 spreads plus the cover.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre? 

There are a large selection of goodnight books like Goodnight Moon, Goodnight Baby, to name a few.

Who or what inspired you to write this book? 

What inspired me to illustrate this was the fact that I’m a mom and the strong love and affection I feel for my kids. I’ve mentioned this before, I feel I wouldn’t illustrate the way I do, If I didn’t have children. Being a mom changed me to what I am today. This may sound a bit of an exaggeration to some, but seriously, I think the way I draw kids, babies (human or animals) and their parents are a reflection of how I feel.

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What else about the book might pique the reader's interest? 

Well, here is a little secret.. I’m not sure I should say this but I know my editor Teresa wont mind, she is a sweetheart plus has complete trust in me for which I am forever grateful.

There is a tiny, little detail in one of the pages of the book that was drawn by my 11 year old daughter. She was thrilled to see the book come out with her own little illustration in it and I was even more delighted to see her face light up the first time she saw a printed copy. :o)


The Next Big Thing Blog Tour continues next Friday with:

the wonderful Jannie Ho 

Make sure to visit her and check out these new super adorable books.
Just look at that mouse!! Hee.. too cute for words! :o)

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38. Twoodle: Panda + Rain

© copyright Alicia Padron 2013

Here is my quick #Twoodle for this week using the words Rain and Panda.

Panda Bear sure knows how to have fun! 
Who needs an umbrella when it's raining outside huh? ;o)

If you want to know more about #Twoodle and how you can participate too, click here

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39. I have no words..

I can't stop crying after watching this. 

What an honest, honest man Maurice was.
 The world is missing out without him here.

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40. #Twoodle: Carrot+ Kiss

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This is my first #Twoodle! :o)

A quick little sketch I created using the words Carrot and Kiss, suggested by my lovely friends and

If you want to know more about #Twoodle and how you can participate too, click here.

This was fun, looking forward to next Wednesday!

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41. From the sketchbook- IF: Wool

© copyright Alicia Padrón 2013

This is a little sketch I drew yesterday for Illustration Friday and then added a bit of color in Photoshop. 
I think I love snow so much that this image came to my paper on it's own. 

Didn't you hate it when those wool sweaters and scarves used to itch when we where kids? Hehe :o)

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42. Twoodle

This is me on Twitter- woof!-

What's a Twoodle you ask?
Well, that's a very good question indeed!

Just came to me today while working on some new book ideas and tweeting silly things at the same time. I do that from time to time. To tweet silly things I mean. ;o)

So I decided to create this hash-tag #Twoodle which stands for Twitter + Doodle and during the week peeps from all over can tweet a word out of the blue, any word actually, and tweet it with the hash-tag included. Then on wednesday you check the hash-tags and choose TWO unrelated words and make a sketch that makes sense from those words. You post it on your blog and tweet about it. I will also name the twitter peeps who suggested those words on my post.

Why two words instead of one? Well I thought it would be a challenge to take two unrelated words and merge them together with art resulting in something that makes sense.

It's easy right? You play when and if you feel like it.
I think it's a nice way to get us warming up for work and can help spark ideas for books too. You never know!

There are some words already up on Twitter, so if you want to participate for next wednesday you can start checking out the words during the week. I'm @aliciapadron if you want to follow me and remember the hash-tag is #Twoodle.

Happy creating!

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43. Catching Ideas

Doxie on the go

I was thinking the other day about how ideas come to us. It is always at the weirdest places and strangest times, isn't it?

Why do you think that is? Maybe is because we cant "force" our creative minds at times or perhaps is because there is so much stuff on our minds from our daily lives (grocery shopping, cleaning, cooking, paying bills, kids' after school activities, to do lists..) that all that noise just doesn't let us hear our ideas clearly.

I started to do Yoga everyday now. It's been wonderful so far. One of the hardest things I've done, ever... but very rewarding. In Yoga, my teacher says at the end during relaxation time that we have to let the mind free of thoughts and to not let it wonder. She asks us to concentrate on all of our worked out and stretched muscles that are now relaxed and to go deep into our breathing. This is a lot more difficult that one could think, clearing the mind.

But I believe that doing yoga and doing what I call "auto pilot stuff", which are activities that you do without thinking that you are doing them, like driving, doing the dishes or walking your dog, can take you to the same creative place. I get most of my ideas while driving the kids to and from school. When I reach home I have no idea how the heck I got there, which if you think about it, is extremely worrisome, LOL! My mind just wonders far away. I can't help it.

I truly think this is good for us, specially if you are in the creative field. If you draw, paint or write it is vital to let your mind go. To not work so hard at accomplishing something but to instead, have faith that the answer will come to you if you are brave enough to let it go for a while. Maybe is just me but I really believe this is the way to go. :o)

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44. Promotional Postcard

© copyright Alicia Padrón 2012

I recently sent this baby out.. 
or should I say these babies? Hee...

I hope they bring some lovely baby book projects my way! :o)

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45. Illustration Friday: Mirror

It's been ages since I participated on Illustration Friday. So long that I didn't even know they had changed and updated their website!

I decided to do a little sketch for this week's theme: Mirror.
It's always wonderful to see how a new dress fits, isn't it? :o)

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46. Just released!

I'm so happy! This book is out! 
If you'd like to read more about it and see some inside pics, 
please check my post on the PBJ's. :o)

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47. 12 Things I Love

I came across this post by chance while Googling one of my images. I do that from time to time to check what's going on online regarding my illustrations and to make sure things are fine and no one is doing anything they are not supposed to.

Anyway, I found this post I did a few years back on the PBJ's and I decided to repost it here today. I think is ok to repost isn't it? I mean there is no law on no reposting your own posts is it? He he..

Anyway, here is a little about myself:

12 Things I Love

My morning coffee.

Stopping to smell the flowers.

Henrietta, my chicken.

My dogs.


Illustrating and painting with watercolor.

Listening to music.

Children's books!


Being outdoors.

The PBJ's..

. .and my family. :o)

How about you, what things do you love?

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48. HellOooOoo

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Ok, I think I might have 8 new grey hairs since the last time I posted something on this blog. ;o)

It's the start of a new year and always brings a feeling of hope mix with nervousness and a dash of laziness in it. Or maybe it's just me? He, he.. But it also gives us a chance to start fresh and to look ahead into what we'd like to do.

So here's to a wonderful 2013 my friends! :o)

I thought I would share with you a super video of Oliver Jeffers. I mean who doesn't love Oliver? I know, no one. He is super talented, funny and just plain adorable. 


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49. What I've been working on..

Click here to read my post on the PBJ's. :o)

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50. Illustration Friday: Wheel

© copyright Alicia Padron 2013

A little warm up skecth
for this week's Illustration Friday: wheel  :o)

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