Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Illustration Friday : Wedding

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For "W is for wedding" I knew that the usual star of a wedding is the bride, but I didn't want her to be the star of my 'story'. The little boy and the mouse were the main actors, so I placed focus on them with darker colors, while leaving the bride almost void of color and very sketchy. I had a lot of fun with this one - a welcome change from some creative struggling I've run into this week.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007


Guess what's around the corner, kids (by the way when I say 'kids' I mean us illustrators/authors out there, who really are just big kids). Halloween--one of my favorite holidays! A book you might want to pick up this year--if you missed it last year--is Mommy? by Maurice Sendak, Arthur Yorinks and Matthew Reinhart. It's a beautifully created, extremely intricate pop-up book that will leave your jaw dropping to the floor.

I found a video on youtube which talks about the book and includes an interview with Sendak. This video is the first time I've actually seen Sendak 'in person' since all of what I knew about him previously was through articles and interviews in books. He's equally as animated and expressive as his characters. Enjoy!

Monday, September 17, 2007

Staring Contest 2

I digitally added eyes to this one. I like both renditions for different reasons.

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Saturday, September 08, 2007

The Hiss Heard Round The World

From manuscript number two: this cat delivers some devastating news to his canine house-mate, and does it with a lot of sass mixed with a little evil ("Ev-Vil" - Austin Powers). Fortunately the dog is smart enough to turn the new bit of information around to his advantage.

Thursday, September 06, 2007

More Character Sketches

Now these very rough (not final) sketches are for manuscript number two. The more I compare the two stories, the more I lean towards this one for my first submission. My goal is to just get one of these stories out of my house and in front of a pair of eyes - along with a couple final illustrations and character sketches. Come on girl, get your butt in the chair and follow through!

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Postcard Countdown

Okay, this is my very first attempt at sending a postcard. Four hundred of them hit the mail today. So now, there's nothing left to do but sit back and wait. Yes I will be checking my website stats about 1000 times a day. I'll give a full report, for better or for worse.

Illustration Friday : Alphabet Pt. 2

I'm still trying to figure out what style of art to go with for my manuscript. I'll keep experimenting...

Illustration Friday : Alphabet