Category Archives: Writing
Recently I was honored to be asked by author Susanna Leonard Hill to contribute some illustrations for her new how-to write children’s picture books course titled MAKING PICTURE BOOK MAGIC.
As I was already a fan of Susanna (my favorite books by Susanna are: Punxsatauney Phyllis, April Fool, Phyllis! and Can’t Sleep Without Sheep), I was honored to be asked to contribute some original artwork. Three new images have been added to my Digital Images gallery. One of the images, “Carrot Cake”, is shown above!
If you are interested in signing up for Susanna’s course, click on this link: MAKING PICTURE BOOK MAGIC
Clicking on the above link will give you details about the course and also acknowledges the artists that created artwork that accompanies the lessons.
About the course:
Wouldn’t it be great if there was a picture book writing course you could take on your own schedule, that was designed to fit into an active, busy life, and that was also affordable?
Well, guess what? There is!
Making Picture Book Magic is a 4 week course that will teach you how to write a picture book… around the edges of your busy life… for a price you can afford… in a fun, friendly atmosphere. Making Picture Book Magic is designed to be delivered straight to your inbox. You will receive one lesson a day via email, five days a week for four weeks. You get weekends off to unplug, recharge, have family time or do the grocery shopping… or catch up if need be
Besides the weekly lessons, you also have the option of joining the Facebook group where you can get feedback and bond with other writers!
Spaces for the course fill up quickly, so contact Susanna write away (lol, play on words!) to see when you can join the course! Here is the link again: MAKING PICTURE BOOK MAGIC
In like a lion indeed! This March is the warmest that I ever remember, and while I absolutely love the warm weather, it has also brought high winds, fog, tornadoes, and hail. Hopefully late March will bring us some of that “lamb” weather! The above cartoon is my slightly different slant on the “In like a lion, out like a lamb” saying.
I have been behind in my personal blogging. I spend more time reading other people’s blogs, commenting, and following links to interesting articles and tutorials. Addicting!
These last few weeks have been quite busy for me: revising picture book manuscripts, writing new ones for the 12×12 challenge, sketching illustrations for another picture book for my next illustration group meeting, working on a sketch for the next SCBWI-MI newsletter, and beginning a new project, soon to be announced.
I also participated in the SCBWI-MI Critique Day 2012 and I am very pleased to now be a part of my very first writing critique group! Many of us were new to critique groups and I look forward to getting to know the other members and see how our writing grows and develops as a group.
In addition, I’m also learning more techniques in Photoshop and how to create art digitally. I wanted to share a digital painting tutorial (Digital Painting 101, below) that has helped me a lot on how to use different brushes and more ways to use color (and at the same time create a cute little monster!) Video courtesy of Monster Cutie.com
Have a great week everyone!
As well as working on my illustrations, I have also joined 12×12 in 2012, a group of authors and illustrators that are embarking on a journey to write one completed picture book manuscript a month for each month in 2012. While I am not short of ideas after partaking in the 2011 PiBoIdMo (Picture Book Idea Month) which was a challenge to come up with 30 ideas for picture books in 30 days, to actually sit down and write them out, revise, structure, and complete them is another challenge all in itself. Still, I find that having an amazing support group and people encouraging each other and sharing ideas goes a long way towards completing what I’m setting out to do: sending out picture book manuscripts to publishers in 2012. I currently am working on rough sketches for one completed manuscript, and also writing another for the first month of 12×12 in 2012. Good luck to all that are participating!