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1. Feed the Sharks – Coloring Page

Feed the SharksSummer Break Coloring Pages by Juana
It’s that day of the week again and here’s a new coloring page: Feed the Sharks.

Sharks aside, I have just redesigned my website. Stop by, take a look and stay a while. Let me know what you think of the new home. I have also added lots of new pieces to the Portfolio and added a Sketches area. If during your visit you find a link behaving badly, please let me know.

Hope you and your family have a great week! See you next Monday.

CLICK ON THE IMAGE, PRINT AND ENJOY!
* Please note that all images for the Summer Break Coloring Pages are available for personal and non-commercial use only. If you are interested in purchasing commercial rights, please email me.

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Summer Break Coloring Pages by Juana
Otra vez es ese día de la semana y aquí estamos con una nueva página de colorear: Alimenta a los Tiburones

Dejando los tiburones de lado, acabo de rediseñar mi pagina web. Pasen por allí, miren todo y quedense un ratito. Díganme lo que piensen de la nueva casa. He colgado muchas ilustraciones nuevas en el Portfolio y he añadido un area de Dibujos. Si durante su visita encuentran un enlace portándose mal, por favor háganme saber.

Espero que ustedes y sus familias tengan una semana genial! Nos vemos el próximo lunes.

HAGAN CLICK EN LA IMÁGEN, IMPRIMAN Y DISFRUTEN!

* Por favor notar que todas las imágenes del Summer Break Coloring Pages estan disponibles únicamente para uso personal y no commercial. Si estan interesados en compran derechos comerciales, favor de escribirme.

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2. Papa’s Hug

Papa's Hug to Celebrate Father's Day

A quick sketch that I did of my husband and boys a couple of weeks ago thinking of Father’s Day and today is Father’s Day so here I am posting it and wishing all the dad’s a Happy Father’s Day. Happy Father’s Day to my husband and my Dad, too.

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3. Moonlight

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4. Wake Up

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5. Yawn

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6. Morning

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7. Kiss Good Night

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8. Sheep and Clouds

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9. Papa Bear – Coloring Page

Summer Break Coloring Pages by Juana
Hello there! This upcoming Sunday we are celebrating Father’s Day in most of the world. With such an important day approaching, this week’s coloring page is dedicated to the Dads. All of the Dads.

Feeling crafty? You can cut and paste the finished coloring page on a piece of cardboard for a custom card. You can add glitter, your children’s hand imprints, beads. Sky is the limit really. And when you are done, email me a picture of your creations. I would love to see: me@juanamartinezneal.com

Have a great week and see you next Monday!

CLICK ON THE IMAGE, PRINT AND ENJOY!

Papa Bear

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Hola! Este domingo que viene celebraremos el Día del Padre en la mayoría del mundo. Con una fecha tan importante acercándose, la página de colorear de esta semana es dedicada a los Papas. Todos los papas.

Se sienten creativas? Pueden cortar y pegar la página de colorear una vez terminada y montarla en un pedazo de cartulina para tener una tarjeta hecha a mano. Pueden añadir purpurina, impresiones de manos de sus hijos, cuentas. El cielo es el límite en realidad. Y cuando hayan terminado, pásenme sus imágenes por email. Me encantaría ver sus creaciones: me@juanamartinezneal.com

Que tengan una semana maravillosa y nos vemos el próximo lunes!

HAGAN CLICK EN LA IMÁGEN, IMPRIMAN Y DISFRUTEN!

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10. Draw Me An Elephant or How to Hire An Illustrator

Draw me an Elephant
I often receive emails from writers who are interested in hiring me as an illustrator for their picture books. I tend to reply with the same questions and answers so I decided to create this post so it’s easily accessible for future interested people.

DO I NEED ILLUSTRATIONS TO SUBMIT MY MANUSCRIPT TO A PUBLISHER?
No, you do not need illustrations to submit your manuscript. Manuscripts are submitted to the publishing houses. Once your manuscript is acquired, the publisher will pick a professional children’s illustrator for the book.

HOW DO I SUBMIT MY MANUSCRIPT?
Submit your work to well-known and respected publishers. Do your homework by researching the publishing houses and their previous publications.

I would suggest you submit only to those that fit your story. It will save you time in the long run and you will learn about the houses in the process. Remember to follow industry standards when submitting. Manuscript submission guidelines here. You must also be ready for rejections.

* Note: If you hear back from a publisher with the great news that they love your story, congratulations! Pat yourself on the back. It is never that easy. If your publisher asks for a fee to publish your manuscript, it’s not a respectable publisher. You should be paid for your manuscript acquisition, not the other way around.

ARE THERE ANY EXCEPTIONS TO THIS TRADITIONAL WAY OF PUBLISHING MY STORY?
You can always self-publish your story although I would not recommend it. Self-publishing a book is expensive – $20,000+. You will have to wear many hats, way too many in my opinion. You’ll be the writer, editor, art director, distributor, marketer and the venture capitalist. And being honest, each of those jobs are better done by someone who works full time doing only the job they excel at. That’s why you want to submit your manuscript the traditional way.

BUT WHAT ABOUT E-BOOKS AND APPS?
Yes, the market has and is changing rapidly. Many people will be able to publish. You still have to consider that even if your book is digital, you will still have to pay the illustrator and the developer or company that formats your ebook or app. You then have to sell and promote it. And simply put, how many copies would you need to sell in order to get your investment back? I encourage you to search online for other people who have done e-books and apps and listen/read their stories. You must know in order to make an informed decision.

BUT I STILL WANT TO SEND YOU MY MANUSCRIPT. WHAT INFORMATION SHOULD I INCLUDE IN MY QUERY?
If you still want to email me, I would like to know:

  • Type of book
  • Number of pages
  • Subject matter
  • Age range
  • Color or Black and White illustrations
  • Number and size of the illustrations needed
  • Deadlines
  • Name of Printer
  • The illustration you think fits your story

LAST WORDS :)
Breaking into the children’s book market is not easy. It is not challenging because the economy may be struggling in this country and worldwide or because there are some remarkably mistaken articles floating around which talk of a dying Picture Book industry. No, those are not the reasons. The market is tough to break into because most people are not ready to be published yet. As a writer it is your job to hone your craft and keep writing. The children’s author Bev Cooke couldn’t say it any better in 0 Comments on Draw Me An Elephant or How to Hire An Illustrator as of 1/1/1900

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11. Outdoors – Coloring Page

Summer Break Coloring Pages by Juana
Hello you wonderful people! A new coloring page is ready for you and your little ones and it is all about having fun the old-fashioned way: Outdoors!

So print your coloring page, grab some crayons and get out to the park or just your front lawn – shoes optional.

Next week a page that celebrates Father’s Day. Have you signed up yet? If you haven’t, you’ll find some links under the coloring page.

And remember if you have any comments, questions or suggestions, just post’em!

See you next week!

CLICK ON THE IMAGE, PRINT AND ENJOY!

Outdoors

* Please note that all images for the Summer Break Coloring Pages are available for personal and non-commercial use only. If you are interested in purchasing commercial rights, please email me.

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Hola gente maravillosa! Una nueva página de colorear esta disponible para ustedes y sus enanos y el tema es divertirse a la antigua: Al Aire Libre!

Así que impriman la página de colorear, cojan crayones y salgan al parque o al jardín – los zapatos son opcionales.

La próxima semana una página celebrando el Día del Padre. Ya se suscribieron? Si aún no lo han hecho, pueden encontrar enlances debajo de la imágen de la página de colorear.

Y recuerden, si tienes comentarios, preguntas o sugerencias, simplemente escríbanme en el area de comentarios!

Nos vemos el próximo lunes!

HAGAN CLICK EN LA IMÁGEN, IMPRIMAN Y DISFRUTEN!

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12. Memorial Day – Coloring Page

Summer Break Coloring Pages by Juana
Hello there! And Happy Memorial Day to everyone!

As promised, today we start the weekly SUMMER BREAK COLORING PAGES that will last until Monday, September 5th.

This week I’m having a guest post at The Sketchables . The topic: “Memorial Day” so I came up with this non-traditional Memorial Day image that I really like. I can’t wait for it to be online. I love the sketch and I’m dying to share it.

CLICK ON THE IMAGE, PRINT AND ENJOY!

See you next Monday!

* Please note that all images for the Summer Break Coloring Pages are available for personal and non-commercial use only. If you are interested in purchasing commercial rights, please email me.



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Hola! Y Felíz Memorial Day a todos!

Tal como fue prometido, hoy empezamos la entrega semanal de PÁGINAS DE COLOREAR DE VACACIONES DE VERANO que durará hasta el lunes 5 de septiembre.

Esta semana soy invitada en el blog de The Sketchables . El tema: “Memorial Day” así que hice esta imágen poco tradicional de Memorial Day. Estoy ansiosa que cuelguen el dibujo. Me encanta y me muero por compartirlo.

HAZ CLICK EN LA IMÁGEN, IMPRIME Y DISFRUTEN!

Hasta el próximo lunes!

* Por favor notar que todas las imágenes del Summer Break Coloring Pages estan disponibles únicamente para uso personal y no commercial. Si estan interesados en compran derechos comerciales, favor de escribirme.

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13. Summer Break Coloring Pages

Summer Break Coloring Pages by Juana
Yes, it’s that time of the year! The much anticipated SUMMER BREAK.
(Jaws’ theme song playing – loudly)

Starting Monday, May 30th I’ll have a weekly coloring page for you to print out and hand to your little ones. This will last through Monday, September 5th.

Neither rain, nor shine, nor holiday, nor tantrum, nor conference will stop the 9am PST weekly delivery. That’s a total of 15 coloring pages to keep your most precious and shortest loved ones temporarily busy.

Why am I doing this? This household has not one but two little ones constantly (and I mean constantly) requesting drawings of different things/animals/situations so they can paint while I work. I thought this summer I would share it with the world and give other hard-working moms and dads a few minutes to focus on bills, work, laundry or just to lift their feet up, savor that iced tea and read that magazine that has been waiting for you. Now you can!

It sounds good, doesn’t it? So sign-up and get your Weekly Coloring Pages delivered to your inbox or subscribe to my blog and get those few minutes to yourself. We know you deserve them!

Would you like to make a subject request? Just post yours on the comments! Requests are on a first-come first-serve basis. I’ll try my best to honor most requests.

Other than that, see you next Monday!

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A partir del 30 de Mayo tendré una entrega semanal de páginas de colorear para que impriman y den a sus angelitos a pintar. Esto durará hasta el 5 de Septiembre.

Nada impedirá la entrega semanal de las 9 de la mañana PST. Eso es un total de 15 páginas de colorear para mantener a sus más preciados y cortos amados temporalmente ocupados.

Inscríbete a la Página de Colorear de Vacaciones de Verano por email o siguiendo mi blog!

Tienen sugerencias? Pued

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14. Dan Santat via SCBWI-AZ

This is a repost of the event listed at SCBWI-AZ‘s site. Download and print the pdf form of the REGISTRATION FORM. Hope to see you there!

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SCBWI AZ ILLUSTRATORS’ INTENSIVE
“COMEDY CRASH COURSE ART SCHOOL” (DMV Approved)
With DAN SANTAT


Saturday, June 11, 2011 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
at 2233 W Dunlap Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85021


ABOUT DAN SANTAT

Dan Is the illustrator of THE SECRET LIFE OF WILTER KITTY by Barbara Jean Hicks, CHICKEN DANCE by Tammi Sauer, the OTTO UNDERCOVER by Rhea Perlman, and OH NO (Or How My Science Project Destroyed the World) by Mac Barnett, which won the SIlver Medal for Best Illustrated Book from the Society of Illustrators. Dan’s first graphic novel, SIDEKICKS will be out this July. He is also the creator of Disney’s animated hit “The Replacements.” In addition, Dan graduated with honors from the Art Center, College of Design and he has been a commercial illustrator with a long list of clients that include the Wall Street Journal, Esquire, Time for Kids, the Village Voice, GQ Russia, Macy’s, Scholastic, Harpercollins, Simon and Schuster, Random House, Knopf Books, Dutton Books, Atheneum, Sterling Publishing, Hyperion Books, Walt Disney Animation, Macworld, Time Out, Official XBox Magazine, Infoworld, Skiing Magazine, Boy’s Life, Electronic Business, Activation, Disney Interactive, Pasadena Weekly, Advertising Age, Toyquest, SEGA, Primedia Business, Fishwrap, Folio Magazine. Dan lives with his family in California. Visit Dan at www.dantat.com

COURSE DESCRIPTION

This intensive art school course will help prepare artists aspiring to work in the publishing industry, including the most advanced illustrator who is either published or has yet to break into the business. Some topics covered will include painting techniques in traditional medium and digital, color theory, composition design, assembling the right portfolio tailored to children’s publishing, and marketing yourself to potential clients in the industry. The intensive will include demonstrations and hands-on activities.

HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENT TO BRING TO CLASS

HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENT

  • 1. Find an illustration in children’s publishing that you love – color or black and white. Copy it the best you can. Bring it in for discussion along with the original image you copied from.
  • 2. In addition, bring another drawing you’ve done in the style you wish to emulate.

ASSIGNMENT TO SEND
Email up to three of your finished portfolio pieces. Dan will choose one to be studied in class. Send the images to RegionalAdvisor@scbwi-az.org by no later than May 27th.

MATERIALS TO BRING TO CLASS

  • Sketchbook
  • Ink pen
  • Prismacolor Verithin Non-Photo Blue Colored Pencil
  • Eraser
  • Sharpie marker pen
  • Homework assignment

ALSO BRING

  • Brown a bag lunch and beverage.
  • Water
  • Personal snacks for pick-me-ups.

SCBWI MEMBER RATE: $90.00
NONMEMBER RATE: $

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15. New Book Completed

I finished the artwork for a piggy book I’ve been working on since last October. It was a tight deadline! For this book, I continued experimenting with mixed media and this time I incorportated colored pencil. I had never done that before and I liked the results!

Book will be out Fall2011 and I’ll post more info as I get the OK from the publisher. In the meantime, a little something…

New Book Coming Fall 2011

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16. New Books, Blogs and Giveaway

It’s been a hectic busy couple of months so here’s a post to update you on everything that’s going on:

    > NEW BOOK “THE NIGHT BEFORE MY BIRTHDAY BOOK”
    I’m currently working on a multicultural picture book written by Joni Rubinstein. Dummy is all done and I’m painting the spreads at the moment. Release will be Spring 2011. I’ll post more about the book soon. Here’s a sneak peek.

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    > NEW PIGGY PICTURE BOOK
    A fun, fun piggy story is on the works. I’m at the moment working on the Dummy. Release date: Fall2011. I’ll post some images next year – can you believe that we are almost to the end of 2010! Wow!

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    > INTERVIEW – LITERATURA INFANTIL
    Alejandra Moglia from Literatura Infantil just posted an interview in Spanish where I get to talk about work, technique and how I decided to become a children’s illustrator.

Alejandra is passionate about Children’s Literature and involves and promotes kidlit artists, writers, publishers, libraries, teachers and readers through her Facebook page. Gracias, Ale!

You can read (or translate) the interview here:
http://lamemoriadeunespejo.wordpress.com/

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    > ILLUSTRATION PAGES
    The nice peeps at Illustration Pages did a feature post of my work on December 2nd. Thanks you kindly, guys! Great people and very interesting news year round so make sure to stop by their site and join their Facebook page if you are there. Thanks also to Marion Eldridge for her nice post and mention about the featured article. Thanks, Marion!

    You can read the post here: http://www.illustrationpages.com/

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17. Ooopsie, feed!

So apparently I posted the wrong feed address. The correct one should be: http://juanamartinezneal.com/feed/ This time I'm absolutely, positively sure. Huge mistake so I'll double posting in blogspot for a few more posts. At the same time what a best excuse for a new DOARD (Drawing Of A Random Day). This time pen and ink.

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18. Website relaunch+Blog and Feed Move

My much neglected website has been relaunched and with tons of upgrades. Yay! I've also moved my blog to wordpress so please update your feeds. Yes, but why?!?!! Well, there's a few reason so I'll get wordy: 1. My site was in desperate need of a re-do. I designed back in 2006!   √ 2. I wanted to integrate my blog in the new site. Seamless transition, you know.   √ 3. I wanted to upgrade to a

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19. Doodle of a Ramdon Day - Pajarito

No, people. I can't commit to 'A Doodle a Day' so I will have my 'Doodle of a Ramdon Day' that from now on will be my 'DOARD.' Here's the first one: 'Salte de mi Cabeza, Pajarito?'


Puedes salirte de mi cabeza, pajarito?
Porque eres tan obstinado?
Determinado y furioso me rindes
y no quiero lucharte
porque se te ve tan pequenhito
que no junto valor para echarte.

Y no se de donde te me abestias
y te haces pajarraco grandote
que no quiero luchar.
Salte de mi cabeza, pajarito.

Salte de mi Cabeza

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20. DOARD - Morning Brew

Envenename, cafe amargo.

Morning Brew

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21. DOARD - La Banda-da

I'm not alone. I have my Banda. I have my Bandada.

La Banda-da

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22. Stylin' at Art Unraveled

So Art Unraveled's workshop is over. In fact, it's been over for a while. "Whimsy Me" was on August 5th, 2009 - the same day as my 38th birthday. What a way to celebrate!!


This is the piece that I completed the day before.

Happy Wednesday!

PS - I've been busy with graphic design and digital illustration. Fun and awesome but not children's illustration. That's why I haven't had a post for a while.

stylin

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23. A is for Agent

So it's official: AJ & Associates is representing my work for the Children's Book Market since the beginning of this month.


You can visit AJ & Associates' site here and my online portfolio in their website here. Woohoo!!! End of transmission.

:)

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24. DOARD - Happy Halloween

Some witches are more regal than others... this to my favorite witches. Happy Halloween!!
Regal Witches

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25. Be my dino

Have a dinomite valentine's day everyone :D

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