So I've finished a book I was working on for an author in New Orleans. Can't upload anything just yet, but the story line is a wonderful moral lesson in loving what you have and not wishing for what others have! Hopefully it will be picked up soon and I can advertise it!
Being a Children's Librarian is still amazing! I get to work with children and look at children's books all day long! I'm so blessed to have found my place in the work field while still being able to illustrate! I just hope I can find an agent soon so I can work toward that goal as well!
Postcards are in progress for sending out to publishers! I think this is a great way to make sure my name doesn't get lost with all the other submissions! I'm also setting up a second ebook to be published through Kindle Direct which will be available on Amazon.com!
On another note, I'm finding more time to work on a show I have going up in October! I can't post anything yet but I do put little glimpses on my Instagram! The paintings are the biggest I've ever attempted!
Hello Hello! So things have been dropping into place for me lately! I've been working myself crazy this semester with school (still getting my Masters), work (part time at the library and part time teaching at the college under an assistantship), and all my illustration book work! I have been working Saturdays at the library and Sundays doing local photography. Which means I have had ZERO days off. What has that done for me? Well, at first it was slowly eating away at me, but hard work doesn't go unnoticed! I am taking a break from school (just for one semester) and starting full time at the library as the new CHILDREN'S LIBRARIAN!! This is a position I've made a goal in my life as part of my determination towards illustration! I know that it's hard to be a full time Children's book illustrator so what better steady income to have than becoming a Children's librarian??? I'll be around Children's books, children who read, and all the research I need to know what publishers want in an illustrator! I'm so happy (and honestly bewildered) that I'm already in the position I've been wanting after applying at the library as part time not even 3 months ago!
So rest assured! I'm still here, still drawing/ painting, and still trying to get my name out there as an illustrator! And there should be more to show for it once things start slowing down! (Mid December?) So wish me luck!!!
Here's a digital illustration I did in some free time on my Surface Pro tablet! I love being able
Hooray! I've got some new beginnings to share soon!!!! But for right now I'm still trying to build up enough energy to finish this semester!! Here's a quickie of a little brown bear trying to catch a fish!
Okay so I failed at my attempt at uploading digital illustrations! Boooooo!
But I did start a new part time job at the local library! And it's wonderful! I can honestly say that working around books (especially children's books!) is one of the best feelings in the world!
I am also coming along SLOWLY in my graduate courses. I'm trying to get a routine going with my astounding lack of time in order to get my work done. I'm taking a ceramics course, watercolor, and oil. I'm using my watercolor course to work on a book I'm illustrating, my oil course for a show I'm working on for next year, and I just love ceramics... :)
My favorite holiday is coming up!! I'm starting my frantic planning for decorating my carport! I can't wait! How will I find time to do all my Halloween activities with less time than normal??? I'll make do.
So all is okay in my world. I'm severely busy, but happy!
So while trying to find an agent and sending my portfolio to publishers, I have submitted an old story I wrote and illustrated to be self published on Amazon! I'm excited and nervous and I suddenly wish I would have redone all the illustrations! They are years old, but I love the story. I'll upload a link once it's available! So far it has passed the review stage and is in the publishing stage! It should be available within 12 hours!! Wish me luck!!!
I'm a graduate student now. :) And I feel GREAT! Besides having to miss class and take care of my sick babies, I'm all Miss. Positivity this morning! I am so pumped about working on my portfolio and sending it to publishers/ agents that I have filled my To Do list with all sorts of painting projects. Am I spreading myself too thin? Probably. But having these goals keep me focused and being focused keeps me working.
I'm finished up a book for a sweet lady and starting on the cover soon! I can't wait to post images, but I have to wait until it's published! Just know that it's loose and colorful!
Valentine's Days was low key and wonderful! The Art Department at NSU had a back porch shindig and everyone had to bring a home-made Valentines Day card to get a free hot dog. I wanted to keep mine, but the girl who got it was so happy, I couldn't help but say goodbye to it! Here's a look before the faux lace heart was glued to the back:
I'm a big fan of Tardar, AKA Grumpy Cat.
I entered the Photographer's Forum contest for Highschool and College! And I was a finalist! I got Honorary Mention. :) Here's the image that got in:
This is my daughter, Belladonna, with static in her hair from the trampoline.
I also got into the Argus Literary Magazine! Here were my submissions:
2nd Place - Fine Art
1st Place - Photography
3rd Place - Photography
I've also submitted to the Tom Peyton show in Alexandria! Waiting to hear from them in March! I need to look up more children's illustration contests! If you know of any, let me know!!
I have a commission to paint a wedding portrait, I'm doing caricatures for a wedding and a birthday party in March, and I have Art Along the Bricks downtown to set up for!!!! WORK WORK WORK!
So I've come across these little, floppy moleskin sketchbooks... :) and I'm working more with pen nibs for some added character. BUT I have also been working on lining with darker watercolor! ANNNDDDD, I've been working with digital painting! All these new things going on!! I'm trying to keep myself from always using watercolor and ink together since it is so common for illustrators .