Illustration Friday: "Popularity"


Sandy was one of the most popular bears in the forest. Unfortunately, her little sister, Doris, wasn’t all that impressed with Sandy’s attention. Repeat after me, little Doris, “I’m good enough. I’m smart enough. And, doggone it, people like me.” ^__^

The Diabetic Camper


I was recently asked to create a blog banner for The Diabetic Camper – a blog by our Boyscout Scoutmaster, Dave Hennesey. He wanted some type of camper made from either a insulin syringe/bottle or something diabetic-related. My sketch of the bottle guy looked more like a marshmallow on a stick (also very “camperish” but not diabetic). So, we came up with “Blood drop dude” who is happily camping in the woods. I gave him a beard to look like Dave, and then did a version of Dave with a normal head & healthy complexion – just in case the blood drop dude confused his blog readers.

Dave the blood drop dude won out. 🙂

Take a visit over there for all sorts of fun info. Dave’s a hoot. 🙂

Tomie dePaola contest blog


Some of my FB friends put together a blog with their entries into the Tomie dePaola contest I mentioned in my last post. I’ve heard there were over 300 entries this year (last year there were around 150), but here are some amazing illustrations from hardworking illustrators. I’m proud to be part of this group. Good luck everyone!! Winners will be announced soon. Click on the big acorn on the right side of my blog to get to the gallery.

SCBWI Tomie dePaola Contest


The Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators has a contest from Tomie dePaola. Every year he gives an assignment from one scene of a classic picture book and we illustrate it with our own vision. The one who impresses him the most wins a trip to the NYC SCBWI winter conference! You better believe I was interested in that prize!

Here’s the scene to illustrate:

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!”

I had 2 ideas, but could only submit one. 😦 Here they are:

Idea #1 was a conversation on FB with Turkey Lurkey & all his pals. I loved it, but wasn’t sure it was right for the job. I was worried it was too much of a one-panel cartoon, and didn’t have enough story telling – what happened before & what could happen next. So, I went with my second idea:

Idea #2 has more story, and I like the wall & the fact that it’s not just a scene with the farm animals and that it’s wordless. I also like the little doggie sidekick who seems to be the only one noticing the king collie.
This was so much fun to participate in. I hope I win the trip! At the least I’ve created some nice illustrations for my portfolio. ^__^ Hope you enjoy them too.

New promo mailer

Last summer, I was going to the SCBWI conference in LA, and decided to make a dummy book with the 3 little pigs story. I didn’t like the violent endings for the wolf, so I decided to rewrite it and make it more preschool friendly. It’s a fun new twist with lessons on bullying, sharing & treating folks with respect. (without being preachy) After another round of revisions, it’s back on the drawing board & a new dummy will be finished soon & off to find a home with a publisher. (fingers crossed)  I loved those little piggies so much that I decided to use them in my latest promo postcard.
Now, here’s a little lesson for all my illustrator friends: Check, check & double check your files before sending them to a printer!! My computer is acting weird lately, and when I save a jpg for web, the colors are fine. If I export and save a high res jpg, the colors are faded. So, what do you think happened when I sent my file to print these postcards? Yep, the high res file is less saturated in color. I wasn’t at all happy with it, and asked for a reprint, but  I ended up 1,000 postcards that were not quite what I wanted. Oops. So frustrating. Printing is my least favorite. Hopefully the art directors will love my piggies in any shade of pink.
Web jpg
high res jpg
back of card