Monday, March 28, 2011

Child At Heart Gallery

As someone who loves to study the illustrations of my favorite illustrators, there is nothing like getting your hands on an original piece of art.  I've been buying art from the Child At Heart Gallery for the last couple of years and have found some real treasures.  It's neat to see what kind of paper the illustrator painted on, and get an even closer look at how they created the art (reproductions are nice but there is always something 'lost in translation' - such as color differences and tone etc).  I recently bought a small David McPhail illustration for 25 dollars, and that included shipping!  I got it only a few days later too, you just can't beat that. 

Anyways, I wanted to post about this for other children's book lovers, not only to promote a great site run by some very kind people,  but to also help keep our favorite illustrators in business by buying their art work.  That way they can continue to produce beautiful books to feed our souls and inspire us :0)

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

A Giveaway For My Loyal Readers :)

This Contest is officially closed.  Thank you for your participation and good luck! 

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

It's Here! It's Here!

I recently put together a book dummy using Blurb.com to print it in softcover, and it finally arrived today (after five long days of tracking it from state to state, starting in WA)!  I'll be sending this off to my agents at Cornell & McCarthy to pass around to different publishing companies--YAY!  This is the first dummy book I've really seen through to the end; the first book that I didn't scrap half-way through due to a weak story line, or because it wasn't working overall.  Even if no one picks this book up, it's still one step closer to my dream of becoming an author since I learned so much creating it.  

Sunday, March 06, 2011

Illustration Friday: Warning


Then, without warning, the tears began to fall. 

Friday, March 04, 2011

Haha I Redid this Picture..Again

Ok this is my fourth (and final) version and definitely my favorite.  This was done in carbon pencil-- very similar to charcoal, and watercolors.

Thursday, March 03, 2011

Illustration Friday: Swarm

I'm very drawn to French themes in my art sometimes.  Probably because I lived in Belgium for two years when I was little.  I knew important french words like frites (french fries) and gaufre (waffle--they used to sell delicious Belgian waffles from street vendors--YUM!).

Wednesday, March 02, 2011

Alligator Book Sample Page

*Edit* I was a little unhappy with the paleness of the colors, so I added some more watercolor layers to make them richer.  I also added some pink flowers to the bushes on the left.