First book layout is done!

It’s been crazy, my eyes are tired but I think I’m done with the lettering. I finished the layout earlier and somehow it didn’t save. I kept making all these mistakes. I needed to change the book size because the images didn’t look right. Back and forth and back and forth and now I’m done. […]

Picture Book Process

5. Oh I forgot the first step is to really let go and write a story. My best stories happen when I let them. 7. In between the painting I tweak the story .At some point the story and images come alive and write themselves. 8. Scan the art, enhance color and remove the backgrounds. […]

Art is?

I believe everyone is an artist. I just hit the submit button,  on my third book. As I read the final words, my mind wandered. I’ve spent a lot of time on this book. I rewrote it many times Ana was originally supposed to be a bee. George well he was inspired by Elvis.  He […]

I am an illustrator

I’m not an illustrator. I am not a hand letterer. Wait a minute, did I just write that? Yeah I did and its forever on the last page of my journal entry. Something feels wrong about this. I feel limited.   So then  I go and listen to an awesome The Nose Knows Podcast. Jon […]

You gotta make that story!

You gotta make that story!–the email that I literally just read. Well, not exactly but the subject line singled me out. I’ve been thinking about this dream of making money doing what I love. I love art. I love art so much, I realize teaching 1st grade at an art program school isn’t the option […]

Painting this and that

I read my book today. Oh I read a post about an illustrator who said she loves writing stories. That’s me. I’ve always had such an imagination. How else can I explain looking at a palm tree and thinking hair breezing in the sun without a care. Yes there’s a palm tree in my book. […]

On writing a book

  Seriously writing a book is hard. I love the painting. The stories practically write themeselves. BUT it’s the editing mind games that twist you up. Do I keep this? Who are these characters? What’s the message? Will I make the kids smile? Bartholomew makes me smile? At some point I began writing because this […]