Saturday, February 28, 2015

I Will Make 100 Penguins

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So penguins are really popular in picture books (like Salina Yoon's PENGUIN AND PINECONE series), but I love drawing them anyway. My critique group calls ourselves the Penguin Posse and they just have so much personality.

Jake Parker recently posted that artists and illustrators can greatly improve their craft if they commit to Design 100 Somethings. So I am going to continue drawing and sketching penguins until I end up with 100 of them.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Penguin Flowers

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Sending a hard copy of this to my dear friend Victoria, who recently loss her mom.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Oceana Map - another glimpse

I'll post the whole thing when it goes live… colors and design subject to change.

Oceana Infographic - a glimpse

I've been working on an infographic for Oceana, the nonprofit organization that works on ocean conservation. This is the bottom corner of it with the group's new logo. It is for their campaign to stop seismic airgun testing off the Atlantic coast, an issue that is right in my backyard.

I made an infographic a year or so ago explaining the issue. Here is an excerpt (full graphic found at

I used to work for Oceana as an attorney, but since I stopped, they have hired me as a graphic designer/ illustrator, which is great. I get to work with some of my favorite people in my new line of work.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

More Words & Chicken Fajitas

Some days are illustration and sketch days, and other days are wordy days. Today's creations were words:
  • Further refined my picture book to the point where I'm sick of it
  • Critiqued some more manuscripts (two for an in person writing workshop I went to today and 1 PB manuscript)
And fajitas for dinner (which I remembered to photograph after I took a couple of bites):

Monday, February 23, 2015

Blog post

Today was another word heavy creation day. I revised a PB ms, critiqued some MSs, and blogged about this challenge: Create One a Day Update.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Tumbling Turtles #kidlitart28

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I didn't miss yesterday; just missed posting this sketch which I colored today. For Doodle Day: Terrified Turtles Tumble Toward the Treats.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Rambunctious Rabbits #kidlitart28

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Doodle Day alliteration day R: Rambunctious Rabbits Rarely Rest and #kidlitart28

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

A Blog Post and Revisions

Screenshot of my blog post

My creative acts today were wordy:

  • Revised several chapters of my young MG novel
I forgot to mention that a week ago, I revised my blog banner to include my pirate parrots. What do you think?

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Farm #Kidlitart28

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I'm having too much fun with my new Photoshop brushes. This is another pack that includes gouache and pastel (Kyle's Megapack: 120+ Real PS Brushes) (an affiliate link)

Monday, February 16, 2015

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Happy (belated) Valentine's Day!

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A belated Valentine!

Having fun with my new PS watercolor brushes: Kyle's Real Watercolor Brushes for PS from Creative Market (this is an affiliate link).  The background of this picture doesn't really make sense, but oh well.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Friday, February 13, 2015

Trip Down Memory Lane

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Today I went through some old boxes to find old drawings and writings from my childhood, for a blog hop I'm in run by Dani Duck. My entry: The Bad Picture Book Blog Hop: My Early Drawing and Writing Attempts

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Birthday Fishes

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A belated penguin birthday wish for my friend and critique mate Alayne! May all your birthday fishes come true….

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Sunday, February 8, 2015

A New Storyboard

I missed a couple of days because I was busy soaking in advice at the NY SCBWI. But on Friday's Illustrator Intensive, we had two hours to come up with a new PB idea and storyboard it. This is the first spread of my new story that I'm very excited about.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Tasty NYC food

I had nothing to do with the creation of this food. But it was delicious and the company even better, my critique buddies Teresa and Victoria and friend Heidi.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

New Bunny Circus

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I struggled with this one a lot, and in the end, it probably doesn't look too different from the earlier version I had. Into the portfolio it goes, and off to the SCBWI NY conference tomorrow!

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Monday, February 2, 2015

Random sketches

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1. A landscape from memory/imagination
2. View from our balcony in Caracas
3. boot