Illustration

Airships, Aliens, and Artwork!

Today is the publication date of my friend Caroline Carlson’s, debut middle-grade novel The Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates: X Marks the Spot! Not only is this a fabulous read (yes, I got a sneak peek at an advance copy), but it also turns out that I did some artwork for Caroline’s website! Caroline approached…

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The Power of Books

I just stumbled across this great “Power of Books” photography series by artist Malden Penev. According to Cheryl Rainfild’s blog Malden created  this series of photographs in 2005 for the University of Applied Arts in Vienna. I thought I’d share them with you, because they are very provocative and really illustrate some element of why…

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Picture Book Layout – 32 Pages of Awesome!

At the 2008 SCBWI LA Conference, author/illustrator Adam Rex shared the secret to creating 32 pages of awesome in a picture book layout. Follow these secrets to success to find your own inner illustration-diva: What Layout Choices Does the Illustrator Have? It is the illustrator’s job to create the page breaks in the manuscript. The…

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A Tender Bridge

Quotes and Advice from Ashley Bryan: “If you put art into the world, you will get beauty in return.” If I can conjure up the joy of the voice of the book, then the child will want to read. Kids don’t want to be put on the spot. A kid can work with you if…

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Loren Long: Illustrating The Picture Book

Why do you want to write and illustrate picture books? Illustrator Loren Long, began his keynote speech at the 2010 LA SCBWI Conference with this question. The following notes are an overview of what he had to say about his process, creating emotion in art, and the importance of leaving something behind for the next…

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