I managed to sketch every day in November and posted it to my Instagram account
, but not always on the blog. I also completed PiBoIdMo.
Now I'm sketching for Linda Silvestri's HoHoDooDa
I'm participating in Small Business Saturday! I've recently reopened my Etsy shop with prints, collaged decor, and original paintings. Please stop by and check it out.
I know I'm way behind on posting for SkADaMo! I promise I've been sketching everyday, but I haven't had time to post them. Here's a little something to tide you over.
Soaking up lots of inspiration around here.
I have been sketching everyday, but I can't show it all.
I was recently tagged by my dear friend, Renee Kurilla
, for this author/illustrator blog hop!
What are you working on right now?
I'm working on playing more while I wait for sketch revisions on a work project. I've been creating lots of new art for the past two years for my portfolio, but I'm never satisfied. Recently, I realized that I had stopped doing some of the things I love to do, like collage and smearing paint around a canvas. I returned to that for my recently completed Tomie dePaola Award contest
. Now I want more of this style in my portfolio, so it's back to the drawing board.
How does this differ from other works in this genre?
I'm exploring how I do collage. Lots of other artists are doing it, but I am working on my own unique voice. I strive to keep it as simple as possible.
Why do you write what you write?
I love drawing adorable animals. In my writing, I give them a home and a story. I love funny books that seem straightforward but are anything but. I like to throw in a little subversive twist. I'm currently writing a story for these two. I'm also participating in #PiBoIdMo and loving it. That's what got me started writing in the first place.
The hardest thing about writing, is, well, the writing! These pigs have an amazing story. They have too much story! What started as a simple idea took off in so many directions that I just had to step away to clear my head. I'm almost ready to try to rein them in again, but so far, they have resisted all of my efforts to contain them. They are irrepressible and unapologetic.
Now to spread the fun and tag some more lovely author/illustrators:
It's been a challenging week, but I still managed to get my daily sketch on.
Why can't we be friends? #SkADaMo #5
I've jumped in with both feet this month by joining PiBoIdMo (brainchild of the lovely Tara Lazar) and SkADaMo (started by the lovely Linda Silvestri) this month. I'm keeping it loose and low pressure. I'm already sketching everyday and I'm really excited about coming up with more book ideas. Last year's PiBoIdMo finally got me writing and I now have a finished dummy out in the world as well as two more in the works.
I'll try to post sketches daily.
Hoping your Halloween is full of your favorite candy and lots of spooky fun!
My newest piece, Time for Tea.
I wish we could all get along like these two little ones. Washington, are you listening?
I was very excited when I found out what the task for this year's Tomie dePaola Award
was…a baby/toddler book! That's right up my alley and allowed me to try out an idea I've had swirling around in my head lately.
The best part about this is that I have a book idea inspired by this little pig. I'm also working on a process blog post featuring this piece on the Simply Messing About blog
. Stay tuned.
A little quick sketching between deadlines and some work on a new story.
New postcards are finished and ordered. Such a good feeling when this task is done.
Now all I need is for them to arrive in time for our local Illustrator's Day where
This morning's warm up sketch. Now back to my regularly scheduled pigs.
Last night my husband and I attended a seminar with the intention of meeting an HGTV star and getting some free stuff. The free stuff was junk and the star nowhere to be seen. It was entertaining, however. My favorite was the speaker saying never trust someone else's opinion then going on to try and sell his system to the audience. A bit of a disconnect, don't you think? We're always amazed at the pitch and how people pop up and run to the back to lay down thousands of dollars to learn the get rich system du jour being offered. I'm always curious what happens to these people. Anyway, no time wasted as I got a lot of sketching done.
These two just showed up in my sketch book this weekend. Looking forward to learning their story.
I'm home from the annual Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) LA International Summer Conference and a last minute family vacation to Universal Studios. I'm back at the drawing board meeting deadlines and trying not to be upset about the kids going back to school. My oldest started yesterday, the youngest starts next week. I find I actually work better when I'm not trying to conform to their schedule. During summer, I can work when I'm at my best. Keep in mind they're 12 & 15, so they're somewhat self sufficient. Invite some friends over and I can disappear into my studio. Something parents of younger kids can look forward to.
|A quick doodle during a keynote.|
|Mike Baker, Jannie Ho, Tracy Bishop, Diandre Mae, and me after 2 hours of dancing at the Black and White Ball.|
I have lots to share about the conference. You can see my post on the Simply Messing About blog and Tracy Bishop's recap is there also. Today I want to share one set of books I bought while there, Teeny Weeny looks for his mummy! & Bunny Boo has lost her teddy! by my friend, Jannie Ho. They're published by Nosy Crow and are only available in the UK right now. I have wanted these books since I first saw them. They are so sweet and luscious in both color and texture. It's hard to believe she creates all that in Adobe Illustrator! It looks like gouache Jannie was a presenter at the conference, so I finally got to meet her and hang out. Love her!
|Photo by Jannie Ho|
|Aren't baby hands the cutest?|
I tried to get a clean video of her naming the animals by herself, but as soon as we turned off the TV and stopped talking, she'd clam up. This is the best I could do.
To see more of Jannie's art, check out her website
!UPDATE! The first two Tiny Tabs books will be available in the US in February, 2014. Yippee!!!
To the current finish line that is. I am so ready to have fun, learn,and relax next week at #LA13SCBWI! I am exhausted!
I've just finished the last two pieces for my portfolio.
I still have printing, putting it all together, and packing to do, but the hardest part is over.
Just got my new postcards in today from PsPrint. They came out just right!
Not quite as saturated as you see here. So happy!
Done & done.
It almost killed me to get this one completed, but I did it. It was a struggle start to finish. Add to that the fact that I am in crazy art making mode for the LA SCBWI conference and you have a recipe for crazy.
I made a recording of me drawing this picture for our group blog
, but most of it is corrupted. The only part that survived has my youngest son jamming his pinkie toe into a doorway. He tends to be a bit dramatic, so I knew he was ok. Enjoy!
Meanwhile, I have a new post on Simply Messing About