Wednesday, February 27, 2013

A Piece of the Pie

"Simple Simon" snapshot.
I want a piece of the illustration industry pie so badly I can't stand it.  So I keep cooking up kooky illustrations, concocting portfolio pieces, & baking up my style brand.

here is a peek at a piece I just completed for the 4th Annual SCBWI-Carolinas Art Contest.  I am stoked because Lucy Cummins, Art Director, Simon & Schuster, is this year's judge. She critiqued our portfolios at the 2011 regional conference and I just fell in love with her infectious enthusiasm for children's books and her uncanny sense of humor. I've grown tremendously since that review and I can't wait to gain further feedback from her professional eyes.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Simple Simon - WIP


an ignorantfoolish, or silly person.

1640–50; simple + -ton


dolt, fool, numskull, blockhead, ninny, dope.

*think I've got it covered?*

Monday, February 11, 2013

Let Them Eat Cake...

No PIE!!!!
I'd forgotten how liberating working on tracing paper can be.
Also, how liberating loose leaf can be.  Something magical happens when you feel free to turn the paper around...or wad it up and pitch it out.
I become less married to the sketch and and less afraid to start over when something isn't working.

Why do we feel the need to memorialize our sketches?  Does the author feel compelled to save every first draft?

Friday, February 8, 2013

So Proud.

My daughter earned a Regional Gold Key Award in the 2013 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. There were a whopping 39 award recipients from her school alone, out of 2500 Regional entries. What a talented group of kids. They are our future and I am so proud. I am wishing the best of luck to all the Gold Key Award recipients as their work now goes up to NYC to be juried by Scholastic for the Nationals.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Cat-Dog Doodles


Behind the wheel for this week's Illustration Friday theme.

Funny thing, this one. My Ridgeback, Rufus, LOVED to go bye-bye in the car. The day he died we spent the morning hours, before he crossed over, just driving.  I bought him chicken nuggets.
I miss him very much.

But as I doodled this sketch the brain started to stretch and it gave me a funny PB idea...let's see where this one takes us.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Chicago Love Story

It's February, the month of LOVE!!! Don't get me wrong.  I love. I really do.  Just not this whole notion that we need a singular day in which to celebrate that singular emotion. Probably stems from my grade school days when I got shafted on the Valentine tally.

So I thought I'd show you some sketches for commissions I've been working on.  They are for a young lady, living in Chicago with her hubby, chubby white cat, two chocolate labs, and one bun in the oven, whom I respect and admire (and love) for her positive spirit, generous heart, inward & outward beauty and the wicked tattooed sleeve she sports on her left arm.

I posted earlier sketches of the pups & elements from her second commission request here.