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Thanks SVA Portfolio Curators!

I plowed through my emails yesterday to find a very welcome notification from The SVA Curation Team on the Behance Network, informing me that my kid’s illustration portfolio is featured.

Proud to be an alumna, and I’m thrilled:) Here’s a link if you’d like to view the work.

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3×3 Illustration Annual #8 -I’m In It!

I’ve been entranced with  the  3×3 Illustration Annual  since I first discovered it one Saturday in Barnes and Noble.  Naturally,  I sat with it in the B&N cafe enjoying the eye candy more than my beverage.  My book wish list is always lengthy, but I bumped book title #1 and bought the Annual.  Since then, I’ve poured over the work, and offer it to young artists to demonstrate what’s going on in contemporary illustration.

Summer 2011 I received an email from Charles Hively informing me that one of the illustrations I submitted was chosen for the 2012 Annual, and I was to send a final jpeg for print.  The email came at a tough time for my family and my attention was elsewhere.  I sent off a jpeg and later worried that I’d sent an inferior copy…(I aways have multiples and I’m not so great at labeling them-that’s gonna change).

A few days ago,  the book arrived.  And while I will never be entirely pleased with any piece I make, I am honored to be included in this publication.  I’m still not sure which copy I sent, probably not the best one, but  C’est la vie.

Thanks Charles Hively and the judges.  Right now, I’m burning to make a new piece to submit sometime in the near future.

Razzle Dazzle Rose

A little girl wielding a magic crayon with a lovely point, expertly sharpened by the built-in sharpener in the 64 pack… of Crayola’s, of course.

Lorica #3

The third illustration in my not yet written, middle grade novel.  So many projects, so little time:)

Katniss

Do book cover illustrations influence the way you envision a character before you read a book?  Does an actor cast as the character from your favorite book embody your idea of the character in a film?

My niece and I recently discussed these questions. We decided that we try not to allow an illustrator or casting director to change our vision of our favorite literary characters. So, as an illustrator, I’m turning the tables and presenting Katniss, the main character from The Hunger Games, the way I see her

Dianne, my wonderful niece, who turns twelve years old today, may not share my vision, but I can’t wait to find out what she thinks.  Dianne, this post is in honor of your birthday. You inspired it. Please think of it as a kind of a “post (Birthday) card”.   Let me know if my illustration looks at all like your vision of Katniss.    HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

*Check out Wikimedia Commons to view how others see Katniss

Mysterious Lorica

There is a story behind this painting.  I posted this piece first on my Illustration Friday  page for the topic mysterious, but I its first obligation is to serve as an illustration for a story floating around in my head.  This story will convert itself into text after I have a few more illustrations worked out.  This is the second piece.  I’ve a third in the works.  You’ll see that one soon too. When this story fully unveils itself to me,  I will reveal it to you too.  Stay tuned.

Encounter with a Ladybug

Chapter 3

PAUL MOVES ON

Ah, what one must bear.  After the disheartening encounter with Malamar (who I may eventually forgive), I felt the overriding need to stretch my limbs and rest a bit. I commenced to lay directly on the floor, because my grandfather claims there’s nothing better for the back.  Just as I felt a true desire to drift off to sleep, a blur of vermillion passed before my eyes not two inches above my head!  As one might imagine, my interest was peaked.  My weary eyes fixed on a ladybug buzzing and circling above me, obviously signaling wildly for my attention.  Well, I mused,  finally someone who possesses the good taste and decency to engage in proper dialogue.  I paused politely, allowing the ladybug to catch her breath and introduce herself.  To my surprise I learned that my partner in verbal exchange was known as Paul. How very pedestrian of me to expect my companion to be a LADY bug.  Live and learn.  I may comment comfortably now, but I must admit that at the time I was indeed flummoxed and chagrined. It’s little wonder that Paul took exception to my ignorance and resumed his quest for a more sophisticated ear.

I am abashed.

To be continued….

PREVIOUS CHAPTERS:

Chapter 1

RAT CHAT

I like a nice rat.  Charming conversationalists  if you don’t mind the defensive tone.  I met a rat quite recently whose knowledge of subterranean culture was really quite extraordinary.  His opinions regarding  a great variety of issues, I found to be both informed and refreshing.  This particular rat also understood the importance of attentiveness in an engaging tête-à-tête.  As well-traveled as he was, he never for a moment hogged the conversation or took on airs.   A great shame my cat Princess did not share our camaraderie.  She was terribly rude, and I believe she caused him to take his leave prematurely.   It’s really too bad.  Apparently, Princess informed my mother of the encounter.   Mother  forced me to spend the remainder of the day indoors.  My little brother is a very poor substitute for such illuminating communion.

I am bereft.

Chapter 2

BUNNY FOOLERY

Never let it be said however, that I am a quitter, nor am I a complainer, therefore I sat myself down, took stock of my options and sought a suitable partner for an informative one on one.  Malamar, our resident bunny rounded the corner avoiding the attentions of my brother who was apparently in hot pursuit of Malamar, until the hideous theme of a television program, that my brother for some reason enjoys, became audible.  Brother was transfixed by the magnetic rays of the television; a largely sophomoric device.  I therefore, secured the opportunity to invite our comely lagomorph to a raucous discussion regarding the unspeakable practice of encasing miniature bunnies in chocolate in an effort to delight unsuspecting children with an Easter “treat”.

I myself have never sanctioned such a practice. Perhaps the topic was insensitive, because despite my attempts to put Malamar at ease by immersing myself in his cultural stance, Malamar continued on his course, overtly ignoring my invitations to commune.  I’m sure that he was able to hear me, due to the ample size of his ears. The evidence that perhaps Malamar took particular issue with my topic of discussion materialized in the form of small pellets that he left in his wake.

I am offended.

Two Great Posts/Blogs About The Great Beyond For Books…

Take A Break From Writing by Susan O’Keefe.   …

via Kathy Teaman’s blog.  Also link to Susan’s blog.

Two really informative blogs with an artful sense of humor.

Thanks Susan and Kathy

G- rated Steampunk Mermaids

Very recently two illustrators whom I admire, inspired me to paint a steampunk piece for kids.  Now, I really dislike painting mechanical symmetrical elements, but I do enjoy the look of  shiny geometric details. So I decided to simplify, take it slowly, and allow Photoshop’s filters to do the heavy lifting. I also relied heavily upon layer style to lend me an outer glow and to bevel and emboss.

I did mention that I was taking this slowly. I’m clearly missing both overt Victorian and punk flavor here, but the only creatures not propelled by steam are the wind-up angelfish and the starfish.  I’ll get a little more hardcore next time.

Another New Digital Painting

“The Rescue” also employs a scanned textural item. Obviously it’s the net.  The oranges that came wrapped in it were delicious.

Rat Chat….continued :)

I like a nice rat.  Charming conversationalists  if you don’t mind the defensive tone.  I met a rat quite recently whose knowledge of subterranean culture was really quite extraordinary.  His opinions regarding  a great variety of issues, I found to be both informed and refreshing.  This particular rat also understood the importance of attentiveness in an engaging tête-à-tête.  As well-traveled as he was, he never for a moment hogged the conversation or took on airs.   A great shame my cat Princess did not share our camaraderie.  She was terribly rude, and I believe she caused him to take his leave prematurely.   It’s really too bad.  Apparently, Princess informed my mother of the encounter.   Mother  forced me to spend the remainder of the day indoors.  My little brother is a very poor substitute for such illuminating communion.  I am bereft.

Never let it be said however, that I am a quitter, nor am I a complainer, therefore I sat myself down, took stock of my options and sought a suitable partner for an informative one on one.  Malamar, our resident bunny rounded the corner avoiding the attentions of my brother who was apparently in hot pursuit of Malamar, until the hideous theme of a television program, that my brother for some reason enjoys, became audible.  Brother was transfixed by the magnetic rays of the television; a largely sophomoric device.  I therefore, secured the opportunity to invite our comely lagomorph to a raucous discussion regarding the unspeakable practice of encasing miniature bunnies in chocolate in an effort to delight unsuspecting children with an Easter “treat”.

I myself have never sanctioned such a practice. Perhaps the topic was insensitive, because despite my attempts to put Malamar at ease by immersing myself in his cultural stance, Malamar continued on his course, overtly ignoring my invitations to commune.  I’m sure that he was able to hear me, due to the ample size of his ears. The evidence that perhaps Malamar took particular issue with my topic of discussion materialized in the form of small pellets that he left in his wake.

I am offended.

to be continued…

Onto a Clue…

A girl detective finds what she’s looking for. 😉

New Facebook Artist Page!

A new LINK and LIKE.  I’ve a new artist Facebook page just for my work. If you “like” the work that you see on my blog or on my social FB page, kindly click the big blue button. It will bring more traffic to my page and more exposure in general to my work.

Many thanks!

Hanging Out

Kind of feeling like this today.  The toys have changed.  Clearly I’m talking about my Wacom and Photoshop.  But, the mood is the same. Big sigh.

Digital Character Sketches

I’m working on a couple of new projects, but in the spare moments in between, I’m doing a little digital sketching.  They’re all about preteeniness.

Remaining Marketable

This isn’t easy to admit.  My work is well, sort of old-fashioned.  At least, it’s not HOT.  Not a big deal, I can change, except I really don’t want to.  Let me back up a bit.  What I love to do, is not as marketable as it could be, and I am really not at all good at what seems to be winning the children’s illustration awards in 2011. The style is spacial, heavily designed, and far less realistic than mine.  Some of it is stunning.  I simply gape.  Some of it in my humble opinion, is boring.  The work that I’m not crazy about is lacking the charm, emotion, and magic that I look for in a children’s book or app or magazine.

I enjoy working digitally. Photoshop has become a great friend.  And, I’m open to working in any kind of medium, so no problem there.  I do not want to be left behind, and I want to grow while remaining true to what I love. So, I’ll be posting some new work with a more inclusive age range, a little distortion, a different color palette, and a lot more space.  I’ll also be experimenting with texture and line drawings.

I’ve no idea what will evolve.  Please let me know what you think, especially if  you are a young person (five to about forty:>).  Seriously, all of your comments are always helpful and appreciated.

Cluster Birthdays

March is a cluster birthday month for my family. It seems that many families experience a couple of months that are simply chock full of family birthdays. And, they seem to come all in one week.  Sometimes three or four days in a row. The celebration for each individual suffers a bit I think, because they tend to get lumped together, sharing one family party.  I’m not even considering twins, triplets, quads…

This post is for all of you who must share your big day. Happy Birthday to YOU!

Nearly Spring in the Great Swamp

So many of us are yearning hopefully for the promise of spring.  It’s kind of like an alternate “New Year” sans the party.  I imagine that the creature world has had enough of  winter this year as well.    Here’s a froggy couple making plans.

Author Margaret Atwood’s Keynote: “The Publisher’s Pie”

Enjoy reading?  Enjoy writing, illustrating, and seeing your work in print?  Take a few minutes and view Margaret Atwood’s rye, insightful look into the changing world of publishing.

This is a timely, funny, scary, informative talk.

Author Margaret Atwood’s Keynote: “The Publisher’s Pie”.

OOps..it’s not fair

Wrong sibling!  It’s been corrected now, but when I first posted the paintings of siblings Annie and Gabe, I goofed and gave older sister Zoe credit instead of Annie.  So, to make things FAIR, because it is of paramount importance whenever the word “sibling” is conjured, I’m posting a painting based on a photo of Zoe.

Siblings…

I painted this over a year ago, but I’m reviving it because of the sibling theme, (always dynamic).   I asked two sibs to pose for reference, and they had no trouble at all falling into the mischievous little brother annoying his outraged but kinda having fun older sister.  Thanks Annie and Gabe.

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