Sloth & Hummer for a promo card.
Sloth & Hummer for a promo card.
I’m celebrating the release of the third book in the Anna Wang series! The Year of the Fortune Cookie, by Andrea Cheng, HMH Books for Young Readers. Like the first two books, this one is also a Junior Library Guild Selection.
I found a felt fortune cookie craft project on Martha Stewart’s site and just had to give it a try. It worked! Next I’ll try baking some real fortune cookies using the recipe that’s included at the end of the book. Wish me luck!
Watercolor studies for a cute dog and girl painting.
We definitely understand that overwhelming feeling of having so many ideas, jobs, and personal projects going on at the same time! I think the best way to prioritize is first, by what needs to be created for someone else, and then after that, what your portfolio needs the most. Personal preference definitely comes into play, but I don’t like to be at the same stage on more than 2 or 3 projects at the same time, if possible. However, being at different stages (sketches, planning, drawing, painting, editing, etc.) for different ones may allow for less confusion and clutter in your brain, since each will be so different. Hope this helps!
Spider-man’s identity uncovered “Elsa”!
My nephew’s favorite character have been Spider-man as long as I can remember, but lately he has been obsessed with frozen, so I told him that Spider-man’s real identity was Elsa not Peter Parker.
He is 4 years old, at the beginning he didn’t believe me, but a few days after I send him this illustration, he ask his mom for the movie where Spider-man is Elsa, the one aunt Luz Marie’s sent to him. LOL!
It doesn’t matter how well you draw. Sketching from life enhances enjoyment and appreciation of our world by heightening observation.
Hence our Junior Ranger Expedition in Davy Crockett National Forest! I had the pleasure of escorting three young family members on a hike in the East Texas Piney Woods. All three were already National Park Junior Rangers—-two from Grand Teton in Wyoming, one from Hurricane Ridge in Washington state—-so they’re veterans.
Junior Rangers sketched a cute grasshopper and a toadstool, and did multiple leaf-rubbings. I sketched a tree stump, a butterfly, and a blob of spit-looking stuff with a larva inside that I later learned was a spittlebug. We saw many tube-shaped spiderwebs too, and our research showed us that they were spun by funnel-web spiders.
I can’t wait for another expedition!
This is Ned and his pet bird Fred. They pop up in my sketchbook from time to time, so I thought I’d dust them off and try them in charcoal. To develop them as characters, I keep drawing them in panels and see what kind of story develops as I give them individual characteristics. Ned may be wearing a clip on tie. Judge if you must.
Evolution of an idea: a rough sketch of a lemur in a sketchbook became the inspiration for a postcard for the February 2014 SCBWI Austin Conference. And then got reworked for an exercise for next week’s SCBWI Conference.
Lesson learned: keep pushing beyond the initial idea because you might come up with something exciting.
It’s out! The fourth and final piece of album art I did for musician, Sam Arnold. And lookit what happens when you have all four albums. : )