Illustrating Mother Goose

Posted by on Aug 10, 2014 in News, Process, SCBWI | 2 Comments
Illustrating Mother Goose

One of my favorite annual events is Metropolitan Arts Council‘s “Flat Out Under Pressure” (FOUP) contest. In its fifth year, this program intertwines visual arts and sound environmental practices in downtown Greenville.  FOUP provides eight recycling bins for paper, plastic and glass in various locations along Main Street, encouraging recycling among pedestrians while creating a different exhibiting opportunity for visual artists. The […]

What size should I illustrate my children’s book?

Posted by on Jun 6, 2014 in Design, Journal, Process, tutorial | No Comments
What size should I illustrate my children’s book?

So you’re going to illustrate a children’s book. Congratulations! Before you grab a brush and start on a piece of finished art, a few decisions must be made. To name a handful : how many pages/spreads there are, where the type needs to be placed (this may be flexible), color or black and white, spot illustrations (small drawings that stand […]

Re-illustrating a classic

Posted by on Apr 11, 2014 in Inspiration, Journal, Portfolio | No Comments
Re-illustrating a classic

One treads on sacred ground when it comes to re-illustrating a classic. The classic has already reached the status of, well…a classic. So, is there a reason to “fix what ain’t broke”? Here’s a nice presentation by Lexington Public Library Children’s Librarian Meggan Conway on the subject.  Meggan has also set up a website devoted to […]

How to illustrate a map in a hand-drawn style

Posted by on Mar 28, 2014 in Journal, News, Portfolio, Process | No Comments
How to illustrate a map in a hand-drawn style

Recent editorial work for Town Magazine involved an illustrated map of the Swamp Rabbit Trail. The process, while brand new to me, proved to be very rewarding. It began with a conversation with the editor, in which she provided the key places along the trail that would be highlighted. Initial (messy) notes: To start, a soft-green […]

this week’s inspiration…

Posted by on Mar 19, 2014 in Inspiration, Journal | 4 Comments
this week’s inspiration…

Inspired by a reading I heard this week of Isabel Allende‘s short story, “Two Words”  

Watercolor practice

Watercolor practice

Just a little practicing as of late….      

SCBWI 2014 Tomie dePaola Award announced!

Posted by on Jan 10, 2014 in Journal, News, Portfolio, Process | 6 Comments
SCBWI 2014 Tomie dePaola Award announced!

This week, SCBWI announced the winner and runners-up for the annual Tomie dePaola Award and I am so thrilled my entry is included as 2nd runner-up! The award is given annually to an SCBWI member illustrator that demonstrates potential and is chosen by Tomie dePaola. Grand Prize winners receive tuition, transportation and accommodations to the New York Winter Conference held in Manhattan, and the winning […]

Illustration Noir

Illustration Noir

QUI A PEUR DU NOIR? You know that 5 minute window before you actually wake up and are a bit lucid, but still kind of dreaming too? Well, this is a result of that state, the season, and perhaps also as an homage to the dark children’s books frequently produced by French publishers, which I am […]

New portfolio addition

Posted by on Oct 9, 2013 in Portfolio | No Comments
New portfolio addition

Some new characters in my life these days….

Sketching with paint

Posted by on Oct 7, 2013 in Journal, Process, Sketchbook | No Comments
Sketching with paint

I love line work, and generally only utilize the pencil and sometimes a pen. Recently, though, I’ve been working with the push and pull of a paintbrush, and I’m very happy with the trembling energy it leaves on the paper. Here’s today’s sketch using watercolor (M. Graham) and a no. 2 Kolinsky sable. I still […]

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