Friday, June 23, 2017

Trolls in the Attic - Middle Grade Book


This art was created with colored pencils on bristol board paper.
Colored pencils require many layers of colors until I reach the desired effect or outcome. Then I use a "Blender Pencil" to blend these many layers of colors. You can see the before picture at the bottom.
 I had just started to blend the walls of the attic.

 The transformation is amazing!

Monday, June 19, 2017

Trolls in the Attic - Middle Grade Book

Here we have the finished approved artwork for the cover of TROLLS IN THE ATTIC.

Seven trolls, yellow eyes, ferocious looking teeth. Young innocent girl who has no idea of the trouble she is in for!

Friday, June 16, 2017

Trolls in the Attic - Middle Grade Book

So, this is the cover with the new trolls.

The author thought the girl's hair should hang loose, I added more hair, but I really want the hair tied back so we could see the tilt of her head. Now I have too much hair. And I have an even number of trolls - I like odd numbers. Back to the drawing board.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Tyronne the Turtle


Reptile & Amphibian Art Exhibit
June 17th thru July 30th

at the Richard M. Nixon County Park

Come visit Tyronne and cast your vote for him!

Wednesday, June 7, 2017


On May 31st, I received this email:

Hi Judy,
My name is Anuj Agarwal. I'm Founder of Feedspot.

I would like to personally congratulate you as your Judy Grupp Studio has been selected by our panelist as one of the Top 40 Collage Blogs on the web.

I personally give you a high-five and want to thank you for your contribution to this world.

This is the most comprehensive list of Top 40 Collage Blogs on the internet and I’m honored to have you as part of this!

Needless to say I was quite surprised and honored. Especially considering the huge number of fabulous blogging collage artists that I was in competition with. And, as you can see from my blog, collage is only one of many forms of art that I create.
Thank you FEEDSPOT !

To celebrate, I will share some of my favorite collages. Most have already been featured on my blog. I also included many collages in my book, ART JOURNAL, available on Amazon.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Trolls in the Attic - Middle Grade Book

My trolls needed tweaking. The feet and hands were too big. The noses too long. Too tall. The author wanted squatty trolls with pointed teeth.
 Yellow eyes.

 I practiced until we were able to get the trolls in her head down on my paper.

Friday, June 2, 2017

Trolls in the Attic - Middle Grade Book

The author had a visual in her head of how she wanted the cover to look. This is a self published book, so I am able to meet with the author and try to create what she wants. I am just a tool for her. This is not about me creating art, it's all about creating for the author. In the publishing world, I think the author and artist never meet, let alone talk about the work.

After seeing my first drafts, the author wanted this scenario - the girl sitting in a sideways position and looking in the box. The trolls needed to be squatty and ferocious and no trees.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Designing Book Cover for Middle Grade Readers - trolls

I have been commissioned to design and create a book cover. A book for middle-grade readers, a  book with no illustrations inside. The book is filled with short stories about the supernatural. The author wanted the cover to illustrate the story titled: TROLLS IN THE ATTIC.

The author wanted to show the scene of a young girl in the attic looking in a box she had found. The box is magical and when she opened it, trolls were released. I conceptualized it by adding the trees which showed up later in the story. 

In the designing of this cover, or any cover, I must remember to leave room for the title, authors name, the ISBN code, and possibly a blurb on the back.  I added the graytones so she could see the dark and menacing atmosphere in the attic.

I created two versions to give the author an idea of what the cover could look like. It is just a starting point - an avenue for communication between the artist and the author. 

Friday, May 26, 2017

Jeremy Duck - Acrylic

Jeremy Duck 
Love this super bright and fun painting. 
I think the Library kids will love it too. 
Who doesn't like rubber ducks!

You can see more of Jeremy in my book, The New Adventures of Jeremy Duck. It is available at in paperback and Kindle. 

Monday, May 22, 2017

Jeremy Duck and Rubber ducks - Acrylic

Another kid's painting for the Hufnagle Library 
exhibit in Glen Rock, PA. this summer.

You might recognize the duck, it's Jeremy from my book, 
The New Adventures of Jeremy Duck

Just a quick peek at my messy studio!!