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Back from a short break

I went away to Florida for a week, and it was really lovely. The weather was warm, sunny, and full of warm breezes. Did I mention it was warm? I’ve sorely missed feeling warm. Even my toes felt warm!

I’ve been doing some unofficial polling, and the general feedback seems to be that weekly posting would be enjoyable, so I will endeavor to fulfill those wishes, kind followers.

You may have noticed some updates to the website! I’m working on making it user friendly. If you encounter something frustrating or have a suggestion to make, I’d love to hear about it in the comments!

The kidlit community is proud to support students around the globe who are on school strikes to voice their concern for our planet’s future. The above image is my contribution- to find out how you can get involved, check out this website

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Bears for #kidlitart28

For the month of February you can follow me and a lot of other illustrators by searching for #kidlitart28. It’s a drawing challenge to keep you drawing every day and for the dreary winter days, I was pretty excited for it. The theme this year is “Draw what you love” After some consideration, I chose bears to be my “what I love” I don’t have a bear for each day, because I often went back to finish up a bear or add things here and there. This past weekend was the SCBWI* Winter Conference, or #Ny19SCBWI so that also took away from my daily drawing time ( but totally worth it! More on that to come)

This panda was funny. I enjoyed sketching him so much. He is the absolute picture of relaxation. So I wanted to draw him on vacation. Rough sketches, colors, and I still like the first sketch the best. I may need to revisit this one with traditional materials since it’s not working at all for me digitally.

Well, I am really tired from my trip, and I want to review my notes from the conference so I can share some highlights with you! Have a great day everyone!

*SCBWI stands for Society of Children’s Books Writers and Illustrators

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Winter…

I always have mixed feelings about winter. Sometimes I love to get out in the snow and shovel it out of the driveway. I like snowballs and sound of the snow crunching under my boots. I love how quiet winter is. No one is mowing the lawn, the birds have flown south and the only sounds are the ice cracking in the sun.

Sometimes the sun hasn’t been out, and it’s cold and grey and COLD. Yes, it’s definitely worth saying cold twice. Because it’s not a cozy cold, it’s a bone-cold that turns your skin scaly like a lizard, and there’s just NOT ENOUGH COFFEE EVER.

And some days are compromises. A warm cup of coffee, sunshine, and bitter, bitter cold. These are the days for wooly socks, fluffy mittens hot coffee, and a good book to escape into. How are you staying warm?

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Have you made any resolutions for the new year? I usually have mixed feelings about making resolutions. But then the new year begins, and I get really excited about possibilities! This year, I have two resolutions: to take care of my health (especially after being sick since November-definitely getting a flu shot in 2019) , and to have more fun making art. 🙂 LIKE RHINO IN UNDERPANTS!


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Ready for the New Year

This year was a difficult one. It was also one of the most heart-filling years for friendships and loved ones. I met some amazing people this year that I am happy to call friends, the friendships I had before felt more special to me, and my appreciation for family grew. So it was a hard year, and in many places, a sad year. But also a good year.

I often imagine going through my mental baggage at the end of each year and picking out the things I want to take with me.

This year, I’m taking a few things with me:

  1. The day is not complete until you’ve made at least 5 mistakes a day. Everything after that is bonus.
  2. It doesn’t have to be perfect, have fun in the process
  3. Friendship
  4. Forgiveness
  5. Confidence in myself to succeed.

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An Excellent Resource

Recently, I signed up for BluPrint, which offers online classes on all sorts of creative topics. If you are familiar with Craftsy, you might have already heard of BluPrint. I originally signed up for the class because Mike Curato was presenting a class on Picture Books. Mike was my mentor during my stay at Highlights Foundation this summer (which is another experience I highly recommend. Highlights is a wonderful retreat for the creative mind) Mike is an amazing author/ illustrator who has created the Little Elliot Books and illustrated some other amazing stories. He’s also just a super nice person and I think the world is better with him in it.

Now Mike’s class is not quite available yet, I was too hasty in signing up! But I’ll be sure to let you know exactly when it does. 🙂

In the meantime, Shadra Strickland also has an amazing class about creating picture books, and this class was a wonderful experience. She takes her time and clearly explains how picture books work, and the steps to create a book for submitting to a publisher or just for your family to enjoy. Here is the link to her class. 

There have been some basic concepts to picture book illustration I kept getting hung up on. It’s probably my training in traditional animation, as Shadra uses an example from her student’s work who also trained in animation. I felt like this class was made just for me, but of course, it wasn’t- and it’s available to everyone. 🙂

Below is one of Shadra’s books she illustrated “A Place Where Hurricanes Happen”

You can get a free week trial with BluPrint, and during their Black Friday sales, you can get a cheaper subscription rate.

I’m not getting paid for my recommendations, by the way. I’m just excited and want to share 🙂

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Happy Birthday!!!

Good evening, everyone! I have some great news! My birthday is coming up this week! YAY!!!!! Because it’s so last minute, I will not be accepting presents, but rather request you give yourself the gift of something nice just for you. Maybe it’s reading a book and enjoying a hot cup of cocoa, maybe it’s an evening of binge-watching your favorite show, or maybe it’s going out and splurging for that travel mug you’ve been eyeing.

I had an AMAZING week last week hanging out with my two nephews, who are 15 and 8 years old. They are funny, clever, and really nice. I really love them both and am so proud they are my family.

The only downside to my time with them is that as soon as I recovered from my own cold, I got my nephew’s cold, and it turned into bronchitis. YUCK. I went to the doctor today and got some awesome medicine and hopefully will be a lot better for my birthday. But until then, OFF TO BED!

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A Busy Week

Hi there! How was your week? Did you meet any interesting people? Did you try a new ice cream flavor? Was it delicious?

I was pretty busy this week working at the library, and I didn’t have an opportunity to finish any drawings beyond the rough sketch stage I’m pretty excited about what I’m working on because it’s very silly. I like silly.

Story Time is wonderful, and I’m starting to find my stride as a Youth Services Clerk. It really helps that the children and their grown-ups are so darn AMAZING. They make the job easy, and I’m really glad we have this time together.

Cheesy? Of course, it is, but still true.

This dragon came to visit me a while ago and wanted to say hello.  Keep your distance though, unless you want to get a cold.  But we both (dragon and I) would like to hear more about the ice cream you ate this week. We’re all ears!

 

 

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