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This is Hazel and her best friend, Hare. They're heading off for a vacation to California's Muir woods. They're also going to visit the beach. Hare loves to go beach-combing and is especially fond of collecting interesting pieces of sea glass.
Also, here's an interview with Mo Willems
about writing for kids. Enjoy your weekend!
When I posted my "It takes courage..." illustration last month, a few peopled inquired about whether or not I would be adding the image to my Etsy shop. It's taken me awhile, but I finally have a new listing up for this illustrated E.E. Cummings quote! Hooray! You can see the listing here
I hope you're having a happy Monday!
I'm very excited to share that I will be illustrating my second picture book!
The story, which is by Linda Ashman
, is called "MORE!" and will be published by Random House
in fall of 2015. I really
love this manuscript and am over the moon to be a part of this project! Linda has written many wonderful books and you can see some of them here
In other news, here are some blog posts that I think you might like...An interview with illustrator, Trina Schart HymanA post on Mr. Schu's blog, "Watch Connect Read", about Marla Frazee, Chris Rashka, and David Ezra Stein And illustrator, Julia Denos presents the Fairy bell sisters.
Happy reading! And happy spring!!
My studio is slowly coming together. The bulletin board and bookshelves are full and the unpacked boxes are hidden away for now. We've had over a foot of snow in the last few days and it's nice and cozy inside, which is where I'll be staying until I've finished the drawings I'm working on.
I hope that you're someplace warm and cozy, too, and that you're feeling inspired. :)
Phew! The move is over, although pretty much everything is still in boxes. But, with deadlines approaching things will have to stay in boxes a little while longer.
Here are a few girls I doodled to start off the day. I hope this week finds you well!
Yesterday I took a break from packing up my studio to do some doodling. This weekend we're moving into a new house. While I'm very excited to have a new studio that has several windows and isn't in the basement like my current workspace, I'm much less excited about the whole packing things into boxes and schlepping around furniture side of things. But, it will be over soon and I'm looking forward to a fresh start in a new home.
I hope that you will have a happy, springy, Easter-y weekend! I'll see you next week from my new house!
It's nearly March and I'm anxious for spring to arrive. So, here's a spring bunny to bring a little cheer.
Also, if you think that octopuses are as fascinating I as do, you might like this article.
And here's an interview with Shaun Tan
that you might like to read as well. Cheers!
I was doodling whilst watching the Oscars last night and had fancy hair-dos and pretty dresses on my mind. And poodles apparently.
In other news, this weekend we had the first proper snow storm of the season here in Fort Collins. Everything is sparkly white and lovely today. I hope that things are lovely where you are, too.
I hope your day is filled with great love and lots of chocolate! And Happy Birthday to my niece, Kate, who turns 6 today, and to my best friend, Kimi, who I've known since preschool. xoxo
I'm back from the Big Apple! The SCBWI Winter Conference in New York
was wonderful and exhausting and inspiring.
My friend (and conference roommate / critique group partner), Jessixa Bagley
was a runner-up for the portfolio showcase, which is super exciting! Congratulations, Jessixa!! Lori Nichols
was the other runner-up and Andrea Offermann
, whom I had the pleasure of meeting, was the showcase winner. Way to go gals!!
Jessixa, Lisa Anchin
, and I had our photo taken with Tomie DePaola
, who was a hoot!Mo Willems
' keynote speech was really inspiring. I met Julie Andrews
! I caught up with old friends and made some new ones, like Sharee Miller
. I had a great chat over lunch with the extremely talented Kelly Light
. Kelly introduced me to the very warm and lovely Heidi Stemple
, who later introduced me to her mom, Jane Yolen
. (Jane Yolen!!!) I'm looking forward to reading their book, "Bad Girls
" which they both signed for me.
I visited the amazing New York Public Library and the Met
(one of my favorite New York places) and spent a few hours at Books of Wonder
where I picked up Oliver Jeffers' "The Heart And The Bottle
" and "Shadow
" by Suzy Lee. I had a great lunch with a good friend at a lovely spot in the West Village called Tea and Sympathy
(scones with clotted cream!). On the flight home I fell asleep before the plane even backed away from the gate.
Now that I'm back in Colorado I'm working on book projects, story ideas, and website updates. Tomorrow I'm heading to California for a quick Hughes family vacation. Things are feeling a bit whirlwindy these days... whirlwindy, but exciting. Did you go to the conference, too? How was it for you? What was your favorite part?
I think I've decided to go to the SCBWI Winter Conference
and have been working on updating my portfolio. Here's the latest addition. I'm really excited that Shaun Tan and Mo Willems will be speaking at the conference. Julie Andrews is going to be there too, and well, that just put it over the top for me. How about you? Are you going to the conference?
In other news, it's finally snowing in Colorado. Hooray! Let the festivities begin!!
Happy Holidays! I hope that you are surrounded by family and friends, and all things healing and cheerful. I'm going to take a break from the internet for a little while, so I'll see you sometime in January. And, in the meantime, I'm raising my mug of hot tea to you and wishing you love and peace and a new year full of good things. Cheers! :)
Usually I'm not big on New Year's resolutions, but this year I have several. I've made the usual ones like eat more veggies, floss more often, and keep my studio better organized. And I've also made several that have to do with hopes and dreams and goals and things like that.
One of my resolutions is to do a better job of showing you how much I appreciate that you take the time to visit my blog. It always makes me a little nervous to put up a new blog post. I'm sort of a quiet, private sort of gal, and sometimes posting a little snippet of my life makes me feel just a tiny bit vulnerable. So, when you take the time to peruse my blog and even leave a comment, I really really really appreciate it.
And so, to better show my appreciation I'm going to do two things...
The first is that I'm going to try to be better about responding to your comments. I'll respond to your questions and remarks in the same comment thread where you left them, so please check back.
And the second is that I'm hosting a GIVEAWAY!! Hooray! One winner will receive everything pictured above...
2 8x10" prints
3 5x7" prints
6 note cards (3 of which are valentines)
1 something secret (not pictured)
TO ENTER: Please leave a comment under this post (Maybe you'd like to mention one of your New Year's resolutions?). Or you can enter by sending me a tweet, @BrookeBHughes, with a link to this post...
and the hashtag, #NameInTheHat. If you leave a comment AND send me a tweet, you'll be entered twice! Huzzah!!
The giveaway will be open until the end of the day (midnight, Mountain Standard Time) next Wednesday (the 16th).
Thank you again for visiting my blog and good luck!! :)
Hello, Friends! I hope that 2013 is off to a good start for you!
So far this year has been full of lots of drawing and painting and getting ready for the SCBWI conference in New York
, which I'm really looking forward to.
I'm planning a giveaway post for Wednesday so please check back if you'd like to throw your name in the hat.
Also, if you're looking for some blogs to visit, my critique group friends have been doing some lovely work... Lisa Anchin
, Jessixa Bagley
, Jill Bergman
, and Tina Kugler
Happy New Year!!
Thank you so much to everyone who entered the giveaway! I put all the entries in a hat and the first name I pulled out was... JOSHUA NASH! Hooray! And because there were far more entries than I anticipated, I decided to pull out a second name. And it was... Z-KIDS! Hip hip hooray!
So Joshua will receive a package with the items mentioned in my original giveaway post. And the Z-kids will receive a similar package (but with some different prints).
Thank you again for entering! Happy Monday!
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Tuesday Greetings! I took a break from getting ready for my trip to New York to do some doodling. Now I'm off to finish my laundry, run some errands, and pack up my postcards and portfolio. If you're attending the conference
, please keep a look out for my name tag. I'd love to say hello!
Also, I'm very smitten with the work of Tor Freeman
. I think you'll like it too!