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These are my submissions for the SCBWI’s Narrative Art Award. The prompt was to unfold a “mystery” across 3 illustrations. They were to follow the order of Dilemma, Conflict, Resolution. I chose the B+W middle grade route. 

Haven’t done much work for this audience in mind in a while, so it was interesting to get back into that headspace. Hope you enjoy!

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I wanted to do a follow up to my 1st video and share a bt on how to get the most out of drawing exercises.  Let me know what you think!  Thanks:)

Happy New Year, everyone! I took a break from social media for a week, but it’s nice to be back. I selected a few highlights from 2017.

I visited book fairs in London and Bologna, which I plan to come back to this year. I enjoyed meeting new and familiar people at these events and being surrounded by so many inspiring books.

Thanks to the wonderful Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators (SCBWI), I organised two Scrawl Crawls in Cambridge. I look forward to making this a seasonal event for both writers and illustrators.

2017 was also the year I saw my debut picture book ‘I Love You, Bunny’ come to life. Big thanks to the brilliant Lincoln Children’s Books who will publish this beautiful book next month!

I worked on two new picture book stories. If you followed my first Inktober, you’ve probably met Ryan and Moon, the big Maine Coon. The twins Ellie and Maggie had an especially good year and can’t wait to have lots more fun and mischief this year!

Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators Partners with We Need Diverse Books’ Internship Program

June 23, 2015 (New York, New York) - SCBWI, the largest international professional organization for writers and illustrators, has partnered with WNDB to provide free one year SCBWI memberships for the five interns selected for the first WNDB internship grants.

The WNDB Internship Program is designed to open up the children’s book publishing industry to talented job-seekers from diverse backgrounds, giving them an invaluable opportunity to learn about the industry through professional guidance and hands-on experience. Membership in SCBWI will provide these first five interns with broad networking opportunities within the publishing industry. SCBWI regional, national, and international conferences bring together a who’s who of publishing including bestselling and aspiring authors, editors, and agents.

“We want to support this internship effort wholeheartedly,” said SCBWI President Lin Oliver. “Anything the SCBWI can do to enhance and promote diversity in our field, we are glad to do.”

WNDB president Ellen Oh said, “SCBWI has given these interns a wonderful opportunity. We’re thrilled to partner with an organization that has meant so much to the children’s book community.”

The WNDB Internship Program, chaired by award-winning author Linda Sue Park, recently announced the first five recipients of their inaugural Internship Grants: Julie Jarema (Simon & Schuster); Feather Flores (HarperCollins); Kandace Coston (Lee & Low); Esther Cajahuaringa (Hachette); Yananisai Makuwa (Macmillan).

SCBWI joins the Children’s Book Council as a supporting partner of the Internship Program.

A piece I am nearly finished with for the Austin chapter of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.

Even though I have no problem lettering in Photoshop or Illustrator, there is something so satisfying in lettering by hand, where it is an actual part of the art instead of floating as a separate element above it. Even black and white type letters on a page have centuries of art (and undoubtedly, monks) behind it. It seems so sad to painstakingly make an illustration by hand but to delegate the font to the sterility of the computer. I feel a handmade piece of art calls for handmade lettering.

My inspiration for this particular font: 14th-century Gothic embroideries. Never exact, but influenced… a stepping-stone for my own technique and style to step in. Copying is for the technically sound but creatively inept. I prefer my own twist on things. :)

Lost more sleep than I wanted, but I threw together this entry in the Tomie dePaola Illustration Competition. Tomie picks an excerpt from a children’s book, and I had to come up with an illustration to represent the excerpt. This year, Chicken Licken was chosen:

So they went along and went along until they met Turkey Lurkey.
“Good morning, Goosey Loosey, Ducky Daddles,
Cocky Locky, Henny Penny,
and Chicken Licken,” said Turkey Lurkey,
“Where are you going?”
“Oh, Turkey Lurkey, the sky is falling
and we are going to tell the King!” 
“How do you know the sky is falling?”
asked Turkey Lurkey.
“Ducky Daddles told me,” said Goosey Loosey.
“Cocky Locky told me,” said Ducky Daddles.
“Henny Penny told me,” said Cocky Locky.
“Chicken Licken told me,” said Henny Penny 
“I saw it with my own eyes, I heard it with my own ears,
and a piece of it fell on my tail!” said Chicken Licken. 
“Then I will go with you,” said Turkey Lurkey, “and we will tell the King!”