Monday, December 5, 2016

Tomie dePaola Award Contest 2017 Entry

As I've done for the past few years now, I submitted my entry for the Tomie dePaola Award Contest. The prompt was a little different this year:

This year’s assignment is to cast yourself, as a child, in a picture book. Show your autobiographical character in a scene and make sure to convey the emotion of your character. The viewer should be able to read the emotion of the character immediately and clearly.

I was very intimidated at first, but once I got into it, I had so much fun. Here is the final image. 

Monday, November 28, 2016

Departure from the Usual

Back in September, a dear friend and fellow Pratt Alumna had her wedding on Pebble Beach in Brooklyn. I usually don't give illustrated gifts (too much pressure!), but I just couldn't resist-- plus, this friend gave me a beautiful illustration for my wedding. AND I remembered that her ceremony site also overlooked Jane's Carousel, sooooo...

...yeah, I couldn't resist.
Congratulations Annie and Andrew!

Thursday, July 21, 2016

SCBWI Draw This! Submission

Although I usually sketch out some ideas for the SCBWI "Draw This!" prompt (from their Insight newsletter), I don't always submit them. However, this month was different. This month's word, "Admire," just triggered something in me, and with all of the chaos in the world right now, I just wanted to create a sweet, quiet moment in my piece. Here is the final, and below that is the sketch:

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Dummy Re-do

Sorry for the radio silence, y'all. Whenever I do (or re-do, to put it more accurately) a dummy, I disappear off the internet while I work out the story and pagination. It's done for now, but this is Dummy #3 of manuscript #7. The story is almost unrecognizable from the original, which is, all-around, a good thing. It's also extremely different from Dummy #2, which I've partly featured on this blog (though at it's core, it's still a retelling of an old classic). My next step is getting a little distance from it before I start the Query Extravaganza. But before I go, I'll leave some new comps from the dummy below.

Monday, May 2, 2016

Black and White

Recently, I've been trying to work a little more variety into my portfolio by playing around with black and white illustration. Don't get me wrong, I love working in color, but sometimes it's fun to mix things up by de-saturating a little bit. So, here are the four little spot illustrations I did this week.

I guess I was REALLY vibing on wrinkly dogs. 

Saturday, April 23, 2016

I have a couple pieces of exciting news to share. First, my husband and I are home owners! We are now living in a beautiful townhouse in Virginia Beach, which means that, yes, I had to move. Again. But this time, it was so worth it. The house is slowly coming together; I'm ecstatic that we can paint the walls now (and not have to paint them back). We also have these stupid-gorgeous textured hardwood floors. I die a little when I look at them.

But I digress! My second piece of exciting news is that I participated in an Independent Publishing project with a really awesome couple named Danny and Kim Adlerman, who run their Independent Publishing company, "The Kids at our House." They have a number of great children's books out, all of which you can check out on their website. In the past, some of their books have later been picked up by Charlesbridge, and Lee and Low recently picked up their game Compound It All! Their latest, A Toucan Can, Can You? is the book I had the privilege of being in. The project was unique, as each spread was illustrated by a different artist, so it really was a collective effort. Two illustrators from the book I had the honor of knowing already: Leeza Hernandez (through NJ SCBWI) and Pat Cummings (my favorite teacher and mentor from Pratt), so I was thrilled to be included.

Each spread is a tougue-twister. Mine was, "How much bow could a bow tie tie if a bow tie could Tae Bo?" It was a lot of fun to do:
The color is actually coming off a little too saturated in this image, but Photoshop can only do so much when you have a little HP scanner. Don't worry, I mailed them the original art, and their scanned image for the book is WORLDS better.

The sketch I submitted to them was originally this (it was actually through an SCBWI NJ contest that I was selected):
And these were their corrections:
Here is the final comp with color added. We wound up making just a plain red border (all the spreads have a border to unify them). Also, God help me, they loved the idea of a rainbow ribbon! Just kidding, it wasn't so bad...
So check out this awesome book! You can also Like Danny and Kim on their Facebook Page!

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Portfolio Re-do: Follow-up!

In my previous post I talked about re-doing a piece from my portfolio. That post is below this one, so to view the sketches, just check it out. As for the finished illustration, here it is!

I had a lot of fun painting this one. Now, if you excuse me, I have a sudden hankering for a stack of pancakes...