Archive for January, 2010

Off to Seattle!

January 14, 2010

gaia cornwall pig illustration

I’m in Seattle until next week visiting my new baby cousin.  (Is ‘cousin’ the right word?  She’s my cousin’s daughter… hmm.)  I’ve never been here, but I like rain and a baby is a sweet extra bonus.  So good times ahead.

I just added the illustration above to my site.  Its from a book idea I was working on about how animals sleep.  After showing it at the picture book workshop and talking to the editors there, I’ve decided to shelve it as a proposal.  Apparently, the publishing world is sick to death of sleeping books.  I have some other ideas for new proposals, but in the meantime I’m finishing a few of the sketches for my portfolio.  A la this cute piggy one.   I’d love to hear what you think!

Kitty humor+ Illustration Competitions

January 11, 2010

Your bathroom sink comes with one of these too, right?

hudson the cat

You may remember Hudson from this photo.  Need I mention his love of bathrooms?  Anyways.

One of my goals for the year is to enter some competitions.  The deadline for the first one I’m looking at, PEN New England Children’s Book Caucus’12th Annual Children’s Book Caucus Susan P. Bloom Discovery Award, (yep quite the mouthful,) is fast approaching: February 1st.  I’m going to try to get a final manuscript of the new story idea I’m working on and some sample illustrations done, but if not I’ll just submit my illustration work.

I’m working on compiling a list of other ones through out the year.  Any recommendations?

Breathing in the New Year

January 4, 2010

Winter Sketch

I’ve decided that 2010’s theme is Discipline, with a capitol D.  My dad said, “With discipline follows wisdom.”  So it appears I’m on track to have wisdom be the theme of 2011. Hah.

Apparently, my idea of discipline involves developing some routines and sticking to them.  I’ve been feeling a little… untethered (Is that a word?) lately.   So I’ve come up with a few plans to get various parts of my life back on track.  –Including a list of 6 month goals, which I’m happy with so far.

However, I’ve recently been harshly reminded that life is fleeting.

So routines aside, I’d like to marvel at the little things in 2010.  To honor life by being more aware of  all we’ve been given.  To pause and take the time to appreciate each day, each breath. To not take the small bumps in the road so seriously.  To read more books.  Go on more walks.  Listen to more music.  Learn some new-to-me cooking techniques.  Laugh, laugh, laugh.  To hold close the people (and animals) in my life, and enjoy the quiet times, while we have them.  To take care in the new year.

Time Out New York Magazine Illustration

January 2, 2010

Here’s the final illustration for that Time Out article about Salvation Army bell ringers.

Time Out New York Magazine IllustrationI’m really happy with how it came out.  You can see the rough sketch here.  I think it’s kind of fun to see the “befores” and “afters”.

Happy New Year!

January 1, 2010

Some frosty window fireworks to celebrate 2010 and Miss Jane’s birthday…

frost on windows

frost on windows

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