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This morning I put the finishing touches on a new portfolio and tomorrow I head to L.A. for the SCBWI Summer Conference
. I hope to see you there!! :)
I long to go sit in a cool, dark movie theater and eat some popcorn. But, instead I'll be drawing, painting, putting together a book dummy, and working on my portfolio for the SCBWI Summer Conference
. The movies will have to wait.
If you're heading to the conference, too, you might like this blog post
from Author/Illustrator, Debbie Ohi, on tips for SCBWI conference goers.
Also, last week I was featured on Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast
and today I have a blog post about my childhood inspirations over on the KidLit Artists blog
. Maybe you'd like to take a look.
And here's an article by one of my favorite illustrators, Jon Klassen
, about his hero, William Steig.
And, just one more thing... I recently fell wildly in love with the work of Julia Sarda
. I think you'll like it, too.
For the last couple of weeks I've been locked away in the deep, dark, comforting solitude of an art cave. It's sort of strange and wonderful how creative slumps are sometimes followed by a torrent of ideas and inspiration.
I'm busy getting ready for the SCBWI Summer Conference
and have been putting the finishing touches on Baby Love
(written by Angela DiTerlizzi, published by Beach Lane Books), which will come out next spring.
What kinds of art things have you been up to lately? I'd love to hear!
Also, I was interviewed by the lovely folks at KidLit 411. You can read the interview here
Last week the inimitable Ben Clanton tagged me for an author/illustrator blog tour. Thanks, Ben!
Ben's next book, Rex Wrecks It!, comes out at the end of September. But, you don't have to wait until then to see his very excellent work. Mo's Mustache and The Table Sets Itself are just two of Ben's several books and if you haven't seen them yet you should head to the library immediately! Don't even finish reading this post. Go right away, before someone else checks them all out. Seriously.
Ok, now that we've settled that important business and you've returned from the library with Ben's books in tow, onto the questions...
1. What am I currently working on?
I'm currently working on a few different projects. I recently finished the illustrations for a picture book called Baby Love
(written by Angela DiTerlizzi
and published by Beach Lane Books) that will come out next spring. I've started work on the cover of the second Cupcake Cousins
book (the first book, by Kate Hannigan
, published by Disney-Hyperion, came out on May 13th and should be available at your local library or bookstore). I'm also working on sketches for a picture book with Random House titled MORE!
and written by Linda Ashman
. I'm finishing up illustrations for a new UK magazine called Storytime
and I'm working on book dummies for two of my own stories.
2. Why do I write what I write?
Er... I wish I had a good answer for this one but, to be honest, I'm not really sure. Sometimes story ideas come from a character I've doodled. One of the stories I'm working on was sparked by a photograph of an old house that I happened to see during a time when I was thinking a lot about my grandparents. I suppose I write about things that I relate to in a personal way. My stories tend to be quiet because I am quiet.
3. How does my writing/illustrating process work?
I feel like I'm still figuring out my process, especially for writing. But, I think it goes sort of like this...
- I draw a character or a scene in my sketchbook that sparks an idea. Or I see something interesting at a museum or in a movie or photograph that causes a spark. I think it was Mo Willems who talked about ideas being like seeds in a garden. All of the little sparks of ideas are like seeds in my mind. Some of them germinate very slowly and eventually grow into something. Once in a very long while an idea germinates very quickly and has to be scribbled down in haste. And some of the seeds never take root. Or maybe they're still in there waiting for the right time.
- Once an idea seems like it might be viable I do lots of sketches. Sketches of the character, thumbnail sketches of the layout, slightly larger sketches to work out composition.
- Then I write. This part still feels scary and unfamiliar and exciting. I do a few drafts and maybe
show them to one or both of my critique groups. And then I write a new draft and show it to my critique group again... over and over. And then I work on a new story to give my critique group a break from the first story. And when it seems like I've waited long enough, I show the first story again, and re-write it again until I don't know what else to do. So far, that's pretty much how the writing part has worked for me.
- For the illustrating side of things, I do several sketches and when I've figured out more or less what my composition will look like, I do a large pencil drawing on Arches 140 lb. hot press watercolor paper.
Then I ink in the line work using FW acrylic ink
and a dip pen. When the ink is dry I erase the pencil lines and stretch the drawing by soaking the paper in water and stapling it onto a gatorfoam board
. Once the paper is dry I start painting with watercolors. Then I scan the finished painting into the computer and sometimes make a few corrections or adjustments in Photoshop.
So, there you have it! And now it's my turn to do the tagging! Up next is my good friend, Jessixa Bagley.
I admire Jessixa's work very much and her book, Boats for Papa,
will be hitting shelves soon. Take it away, Jessixa! (And thank you again to Ben Clanton
! Don't forget to check out his wonderful work!)
comes out today! Congratulations to author, Kate Hannigan
I feel so lucky to have had the opportunity to illustrate Kate's very lovely story and I'm so excited that cousins Willow and Delia are heading out into the world. I hope you'll keep a lookout for Cupcake Cousins
at your local bookstore.
Here's the Kirkus review
of Cupcake Cousins
. And another lovely review from "This Kid Reviews Books"
I love a good list. I like organizing my thoughts in list form, and crossing an item of my to-do list is oh so satisfying. When I was little I illustrated all of my Christmas wish lists. Are you list maker, too?
Awhile ago I made a booklet of illustrated lists and this is one of the spreads. What were your favorite books when you were little? I'd love to know. :)
Well, hello there! Here's a sample I did several months ago for a project that didn't work out.
And here are some links for you to peruse...
A lovely blog post
from Author/Illustrator Mike Curato
The Let's Get Busy podcast
features interesting interviews with several authors and illustrators
Congratualtions to my friends, Jessixa Bagley
and Corinna Luyken
, who both recently won portfolio awards at the Washington SCBWI conference! Hooray!
Have you registered for the SCBWI 43rd Annual Summer Conference
? I signed up on Monday and I hope to see you there!
Hello there! Here are some links for you to peruse...
Some tips on writing picture books
from Mem Fox
A short video about the work of illustrator, Nikki McClure
A short video about the work of illustrator, Renata Liwska
The last few months have left me feeling a bit wrung out. There have been good things; visiting with illustrator friends, a trip to beautiful southern Florida, attending the SCBWI conference in NY
where my portfolio earned one of the honor awards, and finishing the illustrations for my first two books. And there have been hard things; surgery to remove ovarian cysts, followed by a miscarriage, and most recently, the death of my grandmother. And now, on the threshold of spring, I am ready for green and sun and new beginnings.
I'm thinking about my work as an illustrator and the stories I'd like to tell and about learning to write those stories. One of my very favorite speeches from the NY SCBWI conference came from author, Kate Messner
. Kate talked about failure. Her speech was funny and heartfelt and full of inspiration. I hope that you were there to hear it, too. But, if you weren't, here are a few of the highlights...
"When we keep moving the bar, we can turn anything into a failure."
"You have to fall if you want to fly."
"Be brave, but it's okay to be afraid."
"What would you do if you knew that failure was impossible?"
She also said, "The only thing we control at the end of the day is the way we do our work", which was very comforting to me. There are so many aspects of life that we are not in control of. But, I can control what I put into my work. I can choose to draw everyday. I can choose to practice writing. I can choose to share my writing with my critique group, even if I'm afraid my story is a flop. I can work hard to improve my craft.
Kate also gave us a moment to sit in silence and appreciate our successes, small or large. This was the point in the speech when both the friend I was sitting next to and I were searching for tissues. It's easy to focus on the not-so-good things, and taking a moment to appreciate the happy things, the steps forward, and the small triumphs, felt really good.
So, I hope that you, too, will take a moment to celebrate your successes, both large and small, and to appreciate the good in your life and your career. And I hope that you find joy in the warmth of spring, in the company of friends, and in the work you do.
New York City, here I come!
At the end of January one of my favorite used book stores closed down. I'm sad to see them go. But, I was glad to take advantage of the great sale they were having and I'm now the proud owner of several new books. Small Pig
by Arnold Lobel and Animal Stories
by William Johnston are both full of wonderful illustrations. I couldn't put down Holes
by Louis Sachar and now I'm on to The Cricket in Times Square
. There is much inspiration to be found in these pages. What's been inspiring you lately?
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This is Benny and his friend Squirrel. These two pals make an appearance on the new postcards that I just ordered for the SCBWI Winter conference in New York
. Are you going to the conference, too?
In other news, here are some links you might like...Picture books that will never win awards
, from the New York Public LibraryA video of Author/Illustrator, Peter Brown
, sharing his process
and Jon Klassen
have a new book coming out with Candlewick A great process post from Greg Pizzoli
about his award winning book, The Watermelon Seed
Also, I just finished reading Between Shades of Gray
, by Ruta Sepetys and I can't stop thinking about it. If you haven't read it yet, please do.
Ok, that's all for now. Back to drawing. Happy Tuesday!