Posts Tagged ‘Jarrett Krosoczka’

Micah Road SketchAnother Micah Rd. Sketch. This time for a book cover. I’m so happy they picked this one! I was so excited to work on the mysterious lighting from the flashlight when I realized… huh… what have I gotten myself into?! Luckily though I have my trusty reference in the form of a 50 watt bulb and some D batterys.  So far the background is a very limited blue pallet and the light of the flashlight reveals a yellow toned contrast of the girls’ expressions in the darkness.
I also remembered that I have a copy of Annie Was Warned by Jarrett Krosoczka. Lots of great flashlight scenes in here that really help to simplify what’s happening with color and light through paint. It is more then magical that I get to do this painting right when the leaves are starting to turn and I’m seeing skulls and cats in store window displays. I’ve got my ‘Autumn Leaves’ scented candles burning, a chill coming through the quiet window, and I have my girls to help get through the woods tonight.
My favorite time of year for so many reasons.

shhhh… did you hear that?


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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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