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A Blog by Illustrator Laura Zarrin
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1. Sometimes you just have to dance


This piece was a doozy to work on, but I'm really happy with the result. I'll share details on SimplyMessingAbout.com soon.

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2. A girl and her pig


A new sketch of a girl and her pig.

And here she is in color. Pencil sketch colorized in Photoshop.


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3. Sweaters for Penguins in color

I just added this to my portfolio. I really loved the idea of penguins in sweaters!


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4. Sweaters for Penguins


The internet is all abuzz about knitting sweaters for penguins. Snopes.com first said it wasn't true, but now they're showing uncertainty. As a children's book illustrator, I can just use the story as a jumping off point for a sketch. Lucky me. What could be cuter than penguins in sweaters?

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5. Procrastipainting


A quick little gouache painting.

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6. Olympic Sketching




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7. Horse in gouache


I got this little lady painted up over the weekend. I'm really enjoying my new gouache paints.

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8. The year of the horse


A bit of silliness to celebrate the year of the horse.

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9. Pizza Making Gone Wrong


 The Superbowl wasn't much of a game yesterday. Luckily, these three had their own festivities to entertain themselves with.

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10. Sketching bits

Sorry to be so quiet, but I've been working on some things I can't share right now. It's so difficult not to share! Here are some random bits out of my sketchbook.



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11. Happy New Year!


I'm on vacation until Monday when I will be (hopefully) energetic and ready to rock 2014!

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12. Merry Christmas!!!

I want you all to know that I really appreciate your visits and comments on my little blog. Thank you!!!

If you follow me on Instagram, you've seen my #HoHoDooDa sketches. Here are a few of them for your viewing pleasure.

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13. HoHoDooDa

I've managed to squeeze some sketching in between deadlines. 
Hope to do more soon.




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14. Mistletoe Madness

You must be cautious about when standing under the mistletoe. You may experience a very awkward moment.



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15. November Sketching Leads to December Sketching.

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 for December. 




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16. Small Business Saturday


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.











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17. Painting a Pig








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18. SkADaMo #13 & 14 Ballet Piglet



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19. Happy Halloween!!!!

Hoping your Halloween is full of your favorite candy and lots of spooky fun!





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20. November means PiBoIdMo & SkADaMo

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.







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21. SkADaMo #5


Why can't we be friends? #SkADaMo #5

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22. SkADaMo #6



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23. SkADaMo 7

It's been a challenging week, but I still managed to get my daily sketch on.



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24. Blog Hop!

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:





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25. SkADaMo #8-12

Soaking up lots of inspiration around here. 


I have been sketching everyday, but I can't show it all.





Sneak Peaks




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