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On amazing days like today I love to go picture book shopping. I’ve been collecting picture books for a while and often I’m given new books as gifts; but my favorite way to accumulate them is to visit indie book stores. collecting booksToday I went to a used book store and bought 5 for under 7 bucks. Yup! Under 7 buck-a-roos! If Muska would get his tail out of the way you could see that there is a Tomi dePaola and a Scieszka/Smith book among the old school ones I also grabbed. I even found one signed by an author!
I also go to yard-sales and I’ve actually acquired rare books this way. Right now I’m on the look out for a hard-cover of Joan Aikan’s book ‘The Wolves of Willoughby Chase’. Why don’t I just order it from half.com? Because that would be cheating! It’s more fun to go hunting for your goals. Very fulfilling.

girl hugging dogTime for a new sketch of my sad little girl. I’ve named her Jenevieve, but you can call her Jenny. Here she is cracking a smile despite herself. Doggies are good for that. ‘Good boy!’

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Lesson

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My little mariner looks hungry! Will he get his fish-wish??

Lately while painting and designing I’ve been listening to podcast interviews with authors, illustrators, editors, art directors and agents in the Kid-Lit industry. It’s funny, because today while doing just that , I came across an interview of one of my former teachers, Jarrett Krosoczka in which he said that he also listens to podcasts while he’s working! For years I’ve been listening to music or books on tape or even ‘gasp!’ listening/ 1/2 watching a tv series on Netflix while painting, but I find that I’ve been really driven lately to spread the love that is my portfolio and I’m itching to find any advice or hints that I haven’t yet uncovered or been disclosed. Podcasts are a great way to feel like I’m multi-tasking while designing/painting. Not only do you get to hear first hand from art director’s mouths what they look for in an illustrator or writer, but you also get names of their favorite illustrators that you can compair your own style to. I love that!

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Illustrator PostcardsWell, I got a few dozen postcards out in the mail this week and I ordered 400 more that are on the way. I go through these phases that I actually enjoy writing and sending samples to my favorite publishers just as much as sketching and painting. Isn’t that odd? Most commercial artist don’t like the promoting stage but I find it very fulfilling. Just like working the soil in a garden before you can grow flowers.
FishinIn the meantime I have the weekend to enjoy creating. I’m excited that I get to have most of tomorrow to paint! I have another little sketch for a spot of my little Nautical Kitty that I’d like to start tomorrow (if not tonight!) I think this one will be in black and white to match the other I did some time ago.
Wedding BirdiesAlso, here is a painting I did for my friend Jesse’s wedding program. It was a nice break to do something soft and pearly-pink. I have this great iridescent white acrylic I got from Winsor & Newton back while I was a student at Montserrat and it’s still almost full. I love to do smoke and steam with it usually, but you can just see it the bright pink background.

I’m almost done listening to the Brain Burps about Books archive!! Does anyone have any other podcast recommendations besides that and Just One More Book?

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I just love this it’s so hilarious! The illustrator of this book, Katie Davis also has an amazing podcast for every thing in children’s publishing. I’ve been listening to it on itunes while at my freelance gig and I’ve been racing home to research all the cool techniques and articles she talks about or the people she interviews:
Brain Burps About Books

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Magic Journey
Journey

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Happy Earth Day


I want to find some recycled paper postcards for this one.
Earth day is April 22nd. Plant something and watch Mother Nature say ‘Thank you!’

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