We are all full of traditions: traditions we learned, traditions we celebrated, and traditions we created. Today I share a tradition with you that I created so many years ago, I’ve lost count. Continue reading
Looking forward (glancing back)
It’s that time of year again when I review the past year’s accomplishments, make a graphic for the year ahead, and set a focus. Read on, if you want, but I warn you that I’m going to get bleak before I bring it back to my hopes for the future (and hopefully inspire you for the year ahead too). Continue reading
Let’s talk art process
I just participated in a wonderful SCBWI webinar today where an Art Director talked about portfolios. If you’re a SCBWI member, I hope you take advantage of every webinar you find out about. They’re super cheap and I’ve found them to be incredibly informational, even on topics I think I’ve already heard everything there is to say. Continue reading
Merry Christmas Holidoodle!
Merry Christmas! I swear I didn’t plan this, but I have finished my Holidoodle just in time! Granted it’s two days late, but it took a bit longer to finish. And I wanted to finish it well. Continue reading
Illustration Insight and WINNER!
Last weekend was my local SCBWI retreat at which there was also an Illustrator’s Intensive. This was why I was creating a couple of pieces to bring with me (and give away here). I thought I would share a little bit about the assignment, what I learned, and give some insight into my process as an illustrator BEFORE I announce the winners of my prints. Continue reading
I’m so glad that so many of you liked my daily poetry postings last month. I do enjoy reading and researching all those poetry picture books to cull the “best” ones to share (but then again I love poetry to begin with!). BUT I know everyone isn’t as much of a fan of poetry.
SO, as a reward for sticking with me (even it if was just deleting some of the posts because you didn’t have time to read them), I’ve been debating on a couple of things I could give away. Today I’m giving away some of my original art.
I had to make prints for a local retreat next weekend and there were some extras. They don’t have my digital signature, so I will sign them to you in whatever capacity you’d like (just an autograph, with an inscription, etc.) IF you are the winner. There are 3 prints and I thought I’d better give them away now before I go to the retreat, get feedback and am TOO shy to share my work with the world (because I’m inevitably suffering from imposter syndrome yet again after receiving feedback).
Three lucky winners, drawn at random, will receive one of the prints in the pic. All you have to do is enter the rafflecopter here and the winners will be announced next week (after I return from the retreat). Good luck! =)
Holidoodle 6: Silent Night
Well, the holidays are almost over. I won’t say they’re officially done until today is over (New Year’s Day), as all the stores in my small home town are still closed. I REALLY wanted to get these pictures completed to a final finished product BEFORE Christmas so the story had more resonance. Alas, I cannot predict when my dad will pass. And as I had to pack in a hurry, I wasn’t able to bring all my art supplies with me. Finishing up one picture here and there in bits and pieces is one thing. This last picture is another thing all together when all I have is my favorite blue pencil and regular printer paper. SO I did a very rough sketch for this last piece of what I had envisioned. It IS drawing and arting after all, no matter what the finished state. Continue reading
Holidoodle #5: Santa Claus is Coming to Town
Well, it took me forever to finish this piece around visits with my dad and other family shenanigans. A LOT longer, but I persisted. That’s what I do. Even though I REALLY wanted to post this before Christmas, I wasn’t going to short-change the quality. So here it is. “He sees you when you’re sleeping.” Continue reading
Holidoodle #4: Blue Christmas
This one took me a little longer than I thought it would. Probably because I spent all week being sick, but also because I wanted to try something specific with this song to fit my story line. This certainly wasn’t an easy song to illustrate, was it? Here’s mine: Continue reading
Holidoodle Day #3: Frosty the Snowman
We’re halfway through with this year’s challenge already. Hard to believe! Here’s my latest pic. How are you guys doing with it? Continue reading