In a very round about way, I discovered the Flickr pages of a man who draws on his children's lunch sandwich bags and has done so since 2008. His name is David LaFerriere. His drawings are all whimsical and super creative. Wish I thought of that.
Here's a video
of his explanation for what he does.
Thanks to Betsy at Fuse#8
and Crooked House
for sharing this.
Happy Dad's Day to all the Dads out there. You don't need to do artwork on your kids' food to be a super Dad.
Speaking of books, nice segue huh?
It’s going to be beautiful when it’s done. I’m really proud of what it’s shaping up to be, but sometimes you just have to take a break and sketch a bunny.
A bunny with a floral head dress. Because…. well she’s what popped out of my pencil!
Proof that cats do indeed watch television.
After his people watched the entire “Mission Impossible” weekend marathon, Miles, wanting to get “in touch” with the wild feline within and sneak up on his food, took the matter into his own hands.
If only he hadn’t miscalculated the height from the kitchen light to the floor, he’d be in kibble heaven right now!
Gurggggggle swish…. slluuuuudge glump.… thorp…. bloop, bloop, bloop, bloop…..
It’s The next Big Next I tell ya!
This is THE NEXT BIG THING!
See, it’s like this… it’s a global blog tour that started in Australia.The idea is to bring awareness to authors and illustrators and their current work. I was tagged by the talented Ginger Nielson. At the end of this post you see the awesome authors/illustrators that I’ve tagged…. because they’re The Big Thing!
So on to the questions.
1) What is the working title of your next book?
Actually, I’ve been very busy this year illustrating a couple of books that are due to come out in 2013 and 2014, but that’s about all I can say about them just yet. So instead I’ll talk about one of the dummy books that I’ve been working on. This one I took to the Houston SCBWI Conference this year and had it critiqued by Peter Brown. Having my writing critiqued was a new experience for me but it was so worth it. The book is titled The New Kid.
2) Where did the idea come from for the book?
I would love to illustrate a book about a monster or maybe a scary, but not too scary character that is actually quite lovable. That hasn’t happened…… yet! So, I wrote my own. I love to bring the misunderstood to life. With this book we get to experience the little monster inside us all.
3) What genre does your book fall under?
This book is for the 4- 8 range.
4) What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?
Hmmm….. actors maybe not so much, but animated for sure! Hand drawn please!
5) What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
Who is the monster?
6) Who is publishing your book?
This book along with my other one, titled “Ruby’s New Stew” have no homes as of yet. They’re polishing themselves up to go knocking on doors though. Did I mention I’m open for suggestions? :)
7) How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?
It started small in one afternoon and bloomed to a full manuscript in about a week. It has been edited several times since then.
8) What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
I try to never compare. We’re all so different in our writing and illustration. It’s important to find your voice. However, I do love Cinderella Skeleton written by Robert D. San Souci and illustrated by David Catrow. Another one that I really enjoy is The Wizard written by Jack Prelutsky and illustrated by Brandom Dorman.
9) Who or what inspired you to write this book?
The love of the good story that we can all related to, while knowing that everything is going to turn out okay in the end.
10) What else about the book might pique the reader’s interest?
His backpack has teeth! :))
Next on the blog tour are two very talented artists:
Candace Trew Camling
If it looks like things have been a bit wonky here… well they have. The website, the blog have had a complete overhaul.
www.robertabaird.com. Even my Twitter Page is all shiny! https://twitter.com/robertabaird
Now it’s all matchy like a new box of stationery. Check it out!
Oh, how I would love to work in YA novels. I hope one day to get the chance.
But until then, I’ll keep practicing. Here’s a sketch, I started while waiting in the car for my daughter. Such fun inspiration to draw… and those tween kids are rich in expression!
Only in the agony of parting do we look into the depths of love. ~George Eliot
At the Houston SCBWI conference, we were given a homework assignment. A choice of one of two prompts that we as attendees could choose from. One was a double page spread from a picture book and the other was a YA cover. I started both prompts and then went with the one that appealed to me the most. The sketches were sent to the Art Director for comments and direction, then we all brought back a full color illustration with the changes suggested. Above is my sketch and then my finished illustration. Later, I was decided to finish the other prompt on my own. Below you see a “Mock” cover for a young adult novel that is currently out. This is just a mock cover.
Some folks taste it daintily,
Others gulp it down quick-ily.
Some lick around and around,
So it never, ever comes dripping down. Some shove the ice cream
Down with their tongue,
So at the bottom of the cone,
You’re left with some.
But some lick in just one place
So it gets sort of sloppy,
And the top plops off
In a great big bloppy!
Grandpa dropped his glasses once
In a pot of dye.
And when he put them on again he saw a purple sky
~Leroy F. Jackson
We’ll eat you up we love you so! And Max said NO!
Every year the Houston SCBWI illustrators create a children’s book themed birdhouse. This is mine, a tribute to the late, great Maurice Sendak.
Call me, don’t be afraid you can call me,
Maybe it’s late but just, call me.
Tell me and I’ll be around.
Ethel was always a little bit different than the other sheep.
Like with every artist, my brain sometimes gets plagued by a disease called self-doubt. Sometimes it’s so subtle that i barely realize what is happening. Symptoms might include comparing myself to other artists, procrastination and hiding out from the world. We all experience it from time to time, even the best of us. I just have to remind myself that thoughts in my head are not real and self doubt is only natural when confronted with pressure to perform.
So how do you treat self-doubt? Put down your phone, shut off facebook and stop looking at other people’s artwork. Go to your studio and start working. Throw yourself into your art. You will have terrible paintings. But with every 3 bad paintings, you will create that one good one. We all have those bad paintings that we don’t show anyone. Bad paintings are a sign that you are taking risks and pushing yourself beyond whats comfortable. If you never have any bad paintings, you are not challenging yourself enough. Let yourself evolve. Take risks, fail miserably and be extraordinary.
Once a year the eyes of the nation turn to this tiny hamlet in western Pennsylvania, to watch a master at work. The master, Punxsutawney Phil, the world’s most famous weatherman, the groundhog. Who, as legend has it, can predict the coming of an early spring. So I guess the question we have to ask ourselves today is, does Phil feel lucky?
~Ground Hog Day
Every time it rains, it rains…… pennies from heaven.
Don’t you know each cloud contains…. pennies from heaven.
You’ll find your fortune falling all over town.Make sure that your umbrella is upside down!
Hmmmm…..She doesn’t look like she’s singing the same song as I am! Oh well, it’s still my favorite song!
Introducing Cheshire Cat personalized stationary note cards from my Alice in Wonderland art series. I am now offering stationary and personalized stuff in my Etsy store.
This set comes with 4 note cards. They are printed on high quality archival heavyweight paper. 5.5″ x 8.5″ in size. Use the notes to write down recipes, letters to friends, thank you notes and anything else you can think off.
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