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Here is the finished postcard as promised (click here if you'd like to see the previous posts). I decided to simplify and kept only three characters on the boat. My initial idea had two more kids but I realized they would be lost in the format of a postcard and felt too crowded.
I like how it turned out. It's an adventure and certainly raises questions. Why are they on a boat? An elephant is with them, maybe they come from far away places... and that little penguin, where is he going? Why is he packed? He looks very determined doesn't he? Like he has a plan.
The truth is I don't have an answer to all those questions since this is not a story I wrote but more like an image that popped in my head. But I don't think it matters for a postcard. The idea is that it feels like a whole story, sparks an interest and makes you want to know more, well at least I think it does.
Kids' minds are like this. There are no rules or explanations. Everything goes.. That's one of my favorite things about this field.. anything can happen in children's books! :o)
I wish I could of seen this while I was growing up. It would have made things much easier for me and it would have brought a sense of belonging.
I was an only child for 7 years until my baby sister was born, and many years after when you think about it because there wasn't much interaction due to our big age difference. It was only when my sister was at a certain age that we were able to meet at a halfway point.
I grew up used to playing with my thoughts, my books and my imagination. I have always been introverted and shy and I've always liked introverted and shy people. I think they all have wonderful things to share and bring to the world.
Everything Susan Cain says in this video is right. Listen to this TED talk and share it with the people you love.
I was looking for a video that really portrayed who he was. One that truly gave a clear image of what it was to be him. I found it thanks to Steph, and now I want to share it with you all.
You need to watch this and listen carefully to what he has to say. He describes his life, his thoughts and vision crystal clear and it is obvious to me now that he lived a joyous life. I'm happy he did.
Sometimes I wake up and don't quite believe my life.
It all started with a wonderful unexpected email that as if magic appeared in my inbox at the end of 2007, it was my first book project! I will never forget that day or what I felt. It was like winning the lottery but better. Someone liked my work and wanted me to illustrate a book!? Me?
The funny thing is, it never occurred to me how my life would change after that. 5 years have passed and 13 books later I still can't get over the fact that I get to illustrate children's book for a living.
I am truly lucky to be able to do what I love and to work in such a gratifying field. All the book people are amazing, talented and humble. It's a warm and friendly community. Visitors who come to this blog and comment, have no idea the impact it has on me. This tends to be a solitary field and meeting people here and on twitter definitely makes all the difference. I see twitter as my own magical wardrobe, juts open my laptop and a whole community of co-workers is in reach.
So this is a thank you post. I'm thankful for my life and for what I do. I'm thankful for my husband and two kids, for always supporting me and encouraging me. I'm thankful for my sis for believing I was any good when I thought I actually sucked.. hee. I'm thankful for my agent, for always watching my back and making sure I don't go crazy overworking myself. I'm thankful for kids books and I'm thankful for all of you visitors and wonderful twitter friends.
And how can I forget the kids? I'm specially thankful for them. Working for kids is a wonderful gift to me and honestly, is the closest thing to never growing up anyone can ever get. :o)
Yay! I just finished this book a day before the deadline! It turn out really beautiful. I can't wait to see it again when it's out and in the form of a book! Above is a little snippet, this is all I can show. I took this pic while painting one of the spreads.
Boy, I am beat.
No matter how prepared you are or how well you think you handle your time, those last days before a deadline are always mad crazy. And you can't forget about all those important things in life you can't stop doing like driving kids to school, cooking, cleaning, lunch boxes, Dr. appointments, trips to the supermarket, singing lessons.. etc, etc, etc.
So, what now?
Well, first I plan to rest, hee.. and then get to work on my dummy! I have a wonderful story that both my agent and I are really excited about. I can't wait to dummy it up and send it out into the world. Eeek.. ! Just the thought of that makes me awfully nervous.
Have you ever seen a more adorable picture!? I don't think so. :o)
This made me smile from ear to ear. Such a beautiful scene and what an adorable boy.. just completely made my day!
Congratulations to Maria (Twitter: @mariasgavito_)! Thank you so much for sending me the loveliest picture ever. You can choose from a signed book, an archival print from my shop or a portfolio review. I'll be emailing you soon. :o)