Thursday, March 6, 2014
This week's Illustration Friday topic is VOICE. One of the things discussed in the illustrator's panel at the recent SCBWI NY conference was reaction -- that how the supporting characters react to the main character really helps tell the story. So I'm trying it out here! What if you're the first wolf pup among your friends to finally take the plunge and start a-howling?
I've also been wanting to do a wolf image since going to Wolf Hollow in Ipswich, MA many months ago. The alpha wolf there had recently passed away and since the alpha leads the pack in howling, there hadn't been any wolf howls for a while. I recently received a FB update that there was finally a new alpha and the howling is back.
Thursday, February 27, 2014
Thursday, February 20, 2014
Monday, February 17, 2014
In working on my portfolio title page, I finally discovered hand drawn fonts! Hand drawn by someone other than me!! I've been on and off trying to do my own lettering for my website and portfolio, but finally, in desperation to meet a deadline, I looked up "hand drawn fonts." In the treasure trove of fonts that appeared on my screen, I not only found one that would work well with my illustration style, I found many of the fonts my favorite illustrators use as well!! Demystifying the process!!
The font I am using is Rabiohead, here is the font designer's site, check out his work!
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Thursday, January 30, 2014
Friday, January 24, 2014
Friday, January 17, 2014
Friday, January 10, 2014
When I was a kid, I remember wanting time to go by more slowly; I was afraid it was going by too fast and I was going to wake up one day and be an adult too soon!
Friday, January 3, 2014
I missed the deadline for Illustraiton Friday this week, but finished the sketch today and decided to post it. The word for the week was REFLECT, and while working on it, I was thinking about how we can look into mirrors and see outsized flaws that oftentimes others never notice.
But mirrors can also provide a slightly different take on things, let you see a self with different strengths. Weird huge Hulk paws! Dainty mouse feet! Slim swan-like neck! Sometimes that mirror is a person, a friend, who reminds you of what your strengths really are, or shows you how they see you.
The inspiration to sketch an animal came from a book on the NYPL list of 2013 best children's books: Herman and Rosie, about an animal duo that finds each other in the jazz scene in NYC. Sometimes, animal characters can be more like us than we are!
Sunday, December 29, 2013
Linda Silvestri's HoHoDooDa sketch challenge (running out of days in Dec.!!) Inspired by memories of having to do seemingly tons of dishes at holiday meals, and wishing we could have just thrown all the plates away. Who would've noticed??!!??
Thursday, December 26, 2013
Happy (phew!) Holidays!
Saturday, December 14, 2013
This is my submission for the 2013 Tomie dePaola Award, illustrating Jane Yolen's poem, Sneeze! The image/text is aimed at toddlers, and I tried something new for me: incorporating a flap into the image. Paper engineering fun!
Thursday, December 5, 2013
This image is inspired by my niece, whom I've seen do this with her big brother holding her back, feet scraping against the floor as she reaches and strains for something just out of reach (the last cookie!)
Also, it's inspired by the holiday season, where it's hard not to feel the tug of wanting more of everything. The floodgates are open!! The race is on!! And sometimes, we have to be the long gray arm that holds us back from what could turn into a major belly ache.
Thursday, November 28, 2013
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Today's post was inspired by this week's Illustration Friday theme "Tail"! On a trip to the zoo this summer, I watched the lemurs wrapping and clinging to everything with their super long tails. And an image I remember seeing of a mouse, bent waaaay over on a stem, trying to grab some food at the very tip. Tails are useful!!