Friday, October 23, 2009

No IF Post Today, . . But, Something Fun All The Same

The past few weeks have been a busy madness. I haven't had any time to really put my attention towards too much painting. . .And, I don't have any great submissions for "Fast," but, I do have something cute to share. Custom Personality Pet Portraits. I'm selling them in my shop. I do hope you stop by for a little peek-a-roo!

Here is my little baby, Fred:

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Illustration Workshop

Yesterday, I went to the SCBWI (Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators) Southern Breeze (GA, TN, and FL) chapter's illustration workshop. The workshop was designed to help those of us trying to break into the field. I cannot believe how much I learned.

Donna German from Sylvan Dell Publishing was there (!!!!!!) as well as several established illustrators there, and everyone offered feedback and advice. There was so. much. valuable. information to be had. Illustrator Mark Braught (who is super nice) offered advice on portfolios and even had a little ahead-of-time assignment to give folks the feel of working as an illustrator. Illustrator Elizabeth Dulemba organized the entire event, and also provided excellent feedback and aid (and she is promoting her new book, so go and check that out).

Also, I met some very cool illustrators there too. Another illustrator trying to get his foot in the door is Jeremy Devans. His work is amazing.

All of this is to say how wonderful and incredibly inviting the illustrator world seems to be. I just have to say, I cannot tell you how much I appreciate the time and effort of everyone involved and I can't wait to attend the SCBWI Southern Breeze conference in two weeks. I believe there is still room for more sign-ups, so if you are interested you should attend. Also, Elizabeth indicated that there is a possibility for more workshops if we are able to increase attendance. . . So, next time come out and join us.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

IF Germs

The real squirrels of the park.

"Let me tell you, Ruby, when I heard that a student had the Swine Flu, I yanked my kids out of that school so quick! I mean, its a pandemic. People are dying!"

gouache on paper
8.5 x 11

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

The owner of Speedy Red

The name of the little bird in my previous posting came from the name a very sick little boy gave his beloved toy car. He passed away today at the age of 7 after a vicious battle with Osteosarcoma. I never knew or met him, but his heart, courage and struggle have touched me deeply as I have learned about his joy for life.

My sister worked with him while he was in the PICU. She states: "Osteosarcoma took his body, but never his heart."

I know any thoughts and/or prayers you send out would be so needed and appreciated by him and his family.

Friday, September 4, 2009

IF: Strong

Only a strong love could make Pepper share his sunflower seeds. In this, Speedy Red was fortunate, for Pepper had loved her for a long time.

This is my first foray into gouche other than that super-painful intro-to-color-course I took when I was 18. . . Or rather, the class I thought was super-painful but in which I learned so damn much.

Friday, August 28, 2009

IF Magnify

Sometimes, when I see a cute city street, I want to magnify all the details. . .I love those the best. This is from my portfolio. I'm having to cobble things together from my too small scanner. . .ack. I guess I need new one of those!

Sunday, August 23, 2009

WIP City Scene

For my portfolio. . . I'm working on different points of view. It seems in my work I tend to recycle certain compositions. If it works, right? Well, except when it doesn't. . . Because, really how diverse of a illustrator can you be if you have only two points of view? The far left is a little cropped because of the scanner. . . And since this is just a WIP post, I didn't go back an re-scan.

Clearly, I'm having fun. :)

Friday, August 21, 2009

IF: Caution

Arrrrrr! Ye'd best be usin' caution when ye be dealin' with the Pirate King!! (and his little parrot too).

In my sketchbook. Markers and Prismacolors. Click on pic for higher res image.