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.Continue reading “First book layout is 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.Continue reading “Picture Book Process”

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.  HeContinue reading “Art is?”

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. JonContinue reading “I am an illustrator”

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 optionContinue reading “You gotta make that story!”

Whimsical Tree

I am not happy with this tree. I knew better. How could I not mix up the perfect brown?   SO I repainted over it. I had to make it work and I may have… I’m not liking the dark areas, especially the left corner.  I do love the idea.  If there’s time I willContinue reading “Whimsical Tree”

Aha moment

Just now I had a aha momet. I’ve never seen a hand written dictionary before. The writer must be obsessed with words. WAIT!  I used to do the same with my dictionary.  Not excatly, but I too love words. I’d read lots of books. And every time I came across a  beautiful word I’d highlightContinue reading “Aha moment”

Crazy day

for a crazy week. Sometimes I feel like I’m running around with to dos AND THAT’S WHAT HAPPENED TODAY. Then I sat down to repaint Ana and George’s hot air balloon. I sketched this new design. Just a pencil. No eraser. It turned out beautiful. And the quote is exactly on point. That’s probably whatContinue reading “Crazy day”