Friday, May 16, 2008


Cats are widely found
in the garden of the Queen
much to her chagrin

I've been going back to a few older illos to see if I can put some new life in them. This is still one of my favorite drawings. I really love Photoshop! I am sure the cat is having a lovely time.
I tried a little haiku for the illo. I've been reading a lot of it lately. Perhaps I will write more if you think it's any good.

Friday, May 9, 2008

Electricity - IF*

I've been a very bad blogger lately so I thought I would jump in and see what's happening on Illustration Friday. This is a sketch from a story I'm developing, but I can't show much more than this, yet. I've had a busy few months. I moved into a new home, set up a new studio, and finished the illos for a first picture book due to come out in fall 2009. I'm looking forward to getting back into the swing of things. Hopefully, my "IF' illo character and story will be picked up by a publisher AZAP.

Thursday, May 8, 2008

SCBWI Carolinas Conference 2007

In September 2007, I went north to Carolina for their SCBWI Fall Conference. Fantastic illustrator and friend, Karen Lee, graciously opened her home to me. It was a wonderful weekend!

Karen and her critique group buddies made me feel very welcomed. Ian Sands, a local artist and teacher presented a very insightful lecture on promoting one’s artwork online. There are so many resources available, and Ian took much of the fear out of venturing into the technical future of self-promotion. There’s Ian in the red shirt.

Karen and her husband Tim are both illustrators. Tim works 100% digitally in varying styles full of color and texture. He even took the time to show me a few things about Photoshop that I was stuck on. There is much to be said of such a generous and creative family. Please be sure to visit their website and blogs to see what new illustrations are being developed!
Thanks again, Karen, for your hospitality.


In July 2007, I taught a small group of artistic kids during Calvary Assembly’s (Orlando) Fun Art Month. What a creative and eager bunch! Since their ages ranged from 7 to 11 yrs old, I wanted to make sure that each child walked away with something they could apply to each stage of their artistic developed. We talked about dominate shapes in composition, and my favorite tip, drawing & transferring artwork with tracing paper. I suspect that many kids become frustrated with trying to draw everything perfect the first time. Using tracing paper, against a window to transfer their artwork to quality paper, allowed them the freedom to experiment with different techniques without destroying their “originals”. At the end of the month they had their own art show. Great job!

SCBWI Orlando Mid-Summer Conference 2007

In June 2007, I attended SCBWI Orlando Illustrator Intensive Mid-Year Conference. Award winning illustrators Janeen Mason and Caldecott medalist David Diaz shared their approaches to children’s book making, illustration techniques, self-promotion and other demands from the industry. Part of the afternoon was dedicated to an open group critique to discuss the attendees’ portfolios that included a sequential art assignment. Character designs, color, layout, text placement, and book sizes all contribute to the development of a picture book.

It was a wonderful time to connect with other illustrators from around Florida and encourage one another to follow their dreams.

Linda Rodriquez Bernfeld, our FL Regional Advisor is all smiles with David Diaz and me. Linda has worked very hard to keep our conferences exciting and informative for our members. Many thanks to Linda and those who assist her.

On a personal note, this wasn’t my first time meeting David Diaz. There was the previous summer at SCBWI’s 2006 LA Summer Conference, and also back in 2001 at the MAZZA Summer Institute at Findley University in Ohio were David was one of several speakers at a week-long children’s book conference. The MAZZA art collection of children book illustrations is a must see if you are ever in the area! At the conference, David signed my tote bag. That was 2001; then he signed it again in 2007. Neat!