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...

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Portfolio Re-do

Recently, I have been pretty aggressively changing my portfolio (maybe "aggressively" is too strong an adverb, but I digress). My style has evolved a bit, and so I've been weeding out illustrations that I feel no longer represent what I do. However, there was one in particular that I still felt strongly about as an idea, so I've decided to re-do it. The original that I removed from my portfolio is below. It was a lot of fun to paint all those pancakes, but overall the illustration did not translate well from sketch to final.

By no means was it bad, it just got stiff and lost some life. The layout had some minor issues, as well. I changed some things around, and here is the new sketch:

I am in the process of painting the final now, and certain things have changed. I am adding more "messiness" and a few more flying pancakes in both the foreground and background. I also changed the frying pan/stove to a spatula/griddle to give the impression that more pancakes can be flying in the air at once as opposed to one at a time. To be continued! Wish me luck!

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Make Way for Spring! (or what happens when you realize your portfolio is missing a pair of yellow rainboots)

For the past couple of years, I lived in Hawaii. It was wonderful, but there are just certain things you miss out on when you live on an island close to the equator. One of them is the changing of the seasons. There are many things I miss about Hawaii, but I am grateful that Spring is around the corner and that I can experience it again! My early onset of Spring Fever definitely inspired the idea for this illustration. Once I arranged my sketches in Photoshop, I proceeded with the final.

And a belated Happy Leap Year to you all!