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1. Scott Nelson



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What is Harper whispering to Willa Bean? You'll have to read the book to find out!

I just received my illustrator copies of a new series of chapter books by Cecilia Galante I'm illustrating for Random House called Little Wings. They just came out and are super adorable. Check them out!


Last week I visited NYC to meet my editors and art directors at Random House, to meet my agent (Linda Pratt) and a few more publishers, to visit my brother, and to go to the big SCBWI Winter Conference with over 1100 attendees. What an amazing week! Random House even invited me to draw on their illustrator wall alongside some incredible illustrators - I totally geeked out.
"Really? Really? I can draw on your wall? Are you sure? These are all massively famous illustrators!"
I drew my dancing penguins from my upcoming picture book, PENGUIN CHA-CHA. Here I am with my editor for PENGUIN CHA-CHA and my dancing penguins on the wall next to Babymouse and Duck & Goose:


-Kristi Valiant
www.kristivaliant.com
http://kristivaliant.blogspot.com

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3. Now on ETSY!


Hey everyone!!!

It's official... After many begged for me to put some of my 
"for fun" pieces up on ETSY, I have done so!!!

Go check it out and pass along the link to the shop!

(Just in time for Cyber Monday and the holiday gift giving season!)

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4. Hallmark Baby Boy contest win.



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5. Happy Halloween!


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Happy Fall, everyone!

I just finished this illo in honor of
Breast Cancer Awareness Month!

Is thinking about putting up on Zazzle for people to have it on some merchandise...

Anyone ever do this with their art?


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7. USDA Grow it, Try It, Like It Preschool teaching Package


The Package of Preschool educational material I illustrated 4 years ago finally arrived. It is wonderful to see it "in person" finally.

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8. Illustrator Showcase on Sunshine Smile Publications

I have an Illustrator Showcase on Sunshine Smile Publications!
 I hope you'll stop by and read the interview.

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9. Gravity and Sun Comic Books - Capstone Press 2011

Here are illustrations from 2 Science comics published by Capstone Press. I did these in March this year. You can order them here and have fun with gravity, seasons, and the sun!







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10. My Giant Doodlin' Pad - Published by Kidsbooks LLC

Introducing the 12x15 Giant Doodlin' Pad I illustrated last year. It is now available at Costco and Sams Club stores. Kids can doodle on the space on the 32 illustrated story pages! This is my first book in actual retail stores!

Please visit my facebook page http://www.facebook.com/koreyscottillustration to see more page illustrations!



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11. Read Every Day, Lead a Better Life

My Entry!

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12. Sharey the Sharefish


Here is a little preview of something I am working on now that I am really excited about.

This is Sharey the Sharefish. I'll put up more samples soon on my blog and facebook art page.


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13. New Book Cover

Do you ever wonder how animals sleep?
Coming in June, 2011!

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14. Ruff Construction


The first illustration that I did that received some notoriety was way back in 1st grade. We were instructed to draw something on a 18x24 inch piece of construction paper that would eventually be laminated and used as a nap mat (AKA-teacher needs a break mat.) My subject matter was Mike Mulligan and his steam shovel and although I can't remember what it exactly looked like, I do recall lots of classmates and adults complimenting it. So these images are sort of a homage to Mike Mulligan for me.

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15. Howdy


WWW.ScottNelsonandSon.com

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16. A hint of things to come...

There are three new books coming out this spring/summer. Here is a hint at just one...the one that I wrote and illustrated.  It isn't about fish, but they are part of the adventure.

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17. Become a fan of "Champ's Story" on Facebook!

You can now join the "Champ's Story: Dogs Get Cancer Too!" fan page on Facebook.  Just click HERE, and the click the "Like" button at the top of the fan page.  Post your stories about the book, photos of your child reading the book, your own stories about how cancer has touched the life of you, your child or a pet.  I hope you enjoy this new way to interact with the publisher, author Sherry North, illustrator (me), and other fans of the book.





For more info, please visit my blog.

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18. The Grand Adventure


The Grand Adventure is the true story of John Wesley Powell's first expedition down the Green and Colorado Rivers and through the Grand Canyon in 1869. This daring 1,000-mile journey is one of the great exploration adventures of the American West.

I have been fascinated by John Wesley Powell's into the Canyon since I was quite young and The Grand Adventure is my attempt to try and share with kids what it was like to go into a wild, unexplored area and be unsure if you would even come out alive. No maps, no GPS, no cell phones to call for help! The Colorado was a mighty river back then and the boats they went down in were so small. Image the courage and determination it took to do this — and John Wesley Powell only had one arm!

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19. For the children and the child in all of us...



For years we used to make these flour/salt dough angels, snowmen, cookie shapes,
 and ornaments. Here is the recipe and some hints for creating your own angels.  To see any of these charts larger, just click on the image.
After you knead the dough cover the dough with a wet paper towel to preserve the mositure.  If you don't do this the dough will become too dry.  If your dough is too wet you can put a little flour on your hands before you begin to roll out the body parts.  Create 11 balls of dough in sizes similar to those above.
Once you have them all ready you can begin with the wings and place the head between the two wings.
 Next you will begin to assemble the angel.


Once the angels and ornaments have baked to a nice hard finish you can paint them with food color, watercolors, acrylics, or just leave them plain.    When you pack them away after the Holiday season, you can store them in air tight containers for the next year.  Our collection grew over the years.

Here is a hint.... the smaller the object the less time it takes to bake. So check your creations after the first 20 minutes or so.  These are about 3 inches high and maybe an inch and one half wide.

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20. Happy Holidays to everyone at Picture Bookies

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21. Wishing all a very Happy New Year

And much success for each of us in the New Year.

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22. My New Book

I’m so excited to show you a sneak peak of my first illustrated book!
The book is a bedtime story full of sleepy, cuddly creatures of all kinds.  
Look for it in early spring of 2011!

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23. Ginger Nielson


When I was working on Flying Poodles, A Christmas Story I needed a lantern for the barn where the reindeer were sleeping. I found a great looking one online and adapted the idea for this painting as well as for the Flying Poodles book. I really liked the way the light spread itself around the area.  Yes, I am sure the fox is only interested in an egg or two.  No hens will be harmed and it is pretty much a given that the mouse will sound the alarm long before the fox has fled.  

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24. Traveling Art

Art means many things to many people. A beautiful oil painting may soothe the soul for one viewer while the curves and movement of a beautiful sculpture might inspire the spirit of another.

Often I work on my water based illustration for hours and worry about them being ruined by a finger print or a haphazard spill. I scan them, take a photo of them and then squirrel them away so they are not ruined. Although there is nothing wrong with this process, I'm trying to force my art to become more tactile. To no worry if it's battered, bruised or even beat up. Just provided people are seeing it.

With this thought process I recently started a new effort to push not only my creative side but also to push public involvement in my art. I simply created an imaginative painting, attached a vague plot line along with some directions to the it's back and sent it out to the world in hopes the public will not only see my illustration but actually touch it. Heck, if a cannonball went though the art at this point I only feel that it would HELP IT! Stop by and learn more at... http://captainclaudedemouse.wordpress.com/2011/01/17/the-escape/
Keep painting!
Scott
WWW.ScottNelsonandSon.com

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25. Character Sketch for Baby Moose Visits

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