Society of Children’s Books Writers and Illustrators
Fabulous Society – anyone interested in children’s books should be a member. I attended a seminar in August hosted by the SCBWI Maryland Chapter. For more years that I’d care to share, I have been obsessed with children’s books - not just the reading of these books, but also the writing and illustrating. I have also attended a number of these workshops, but this is the first one that I decided to have a portfolio critique. I have a mountain of illustrations to choose from – but which ones would be appropriate for this particular portfolio. So I built a portfolio from my favorite whimsical illustrations and took it to the workshop. I won’t keep you in suspense – there were many good things said:
~ Yes I am a good illustrator
~ Yes I did have a recognizable style
~ Yes I demonstrated competency in many mediums
~ My black and white art was good – but the market there is slim
But then came the real critique – the real opportunity to improve – these I will share with you . . .
Sept. 27th 2010
Monday, September 27, 2010
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
I'm taking a small hiatus - not well deserved - unintentional - but necessary. Once again I'm cleaning the STUDIO, located in the garage. But it's more than just cleaning and throwing out trash - this time I'm changing my whole direction. With working full time, I can't devote myself to painting/mixed media/collage, etc. I lose focus if I can't stay with a painting for hours at a time. So I'm boxing, or rather plastic binning, the mixed media painting supplies. Until time allows, maybe when I retire again, I'm going to focus on illustration - particularly - children's picture book art. I've always had a passion for picture books and have dabbled in it for years - but never seriously or as a single focus. This is a good time to give it a go. I already have a library of reference books - no surprise there!
Friday, September 17, 2010
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Monday, September 13, 2010
Friday, September 10, 2010
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
Monday, September 6, 2010
Friday, September 3, 2010
Gilbert Groundhog grew up on a farm in Pennsylvania. A farm with a farmer and dogs who did not want him living there.
WAITING FOR OUR WINGS Back to the winged critters and the challenging composition. I was given excellent advice - my compo...
The kids at the Library should enjoy this painting. I did use layers of glazes in the sky and the clouds. I don't usually use gla...