Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Procrastination pie




I've been focusing on writing lately, but I'm also revising one of my dummies. I'm also taking apple pie making breaks.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

cleaned up cat sketch

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Looking for a black and white piece to submit to the MidAtlantic SCBWI conference materials, I found this piece and cleaned it up.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Penguin's Fish Cake

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A birthday wish for a fellow penguin today, my lovely critique mate Victoria Richardson.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

The New Colossus, by Emily Lazarus

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The news caused me to look up the original poem that is engraved on the Statue of Liberty, written by Emma Lazarus (1849-1887), one of the first and successful Jewish-American authors. This is the text of the poem she wrote to raise money to pay for the pedestal of the statue.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

A Train to Nowhere

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I realized that I didn't put this up when I finished it about a month ago.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Cat nap

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I have done some work since I last posted, but I've just been bad about posting. So here goes with a quick morning sketch.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Revised Kite Flyer & Dinosaur March

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Working with Giuseppe Castellano's The Illustration Department. He gave me a portfolio critique and I reworked one of my old illustrations taking into account his feedback. His main comment was not to rely so much on an even thick outline.

I also redid the dinosaur march one I did last month:

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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

A Raven

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Going back to a story that has been percolating in my mind for awhile. . .

Monday, April 3, 2017

A New Character

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Working on sketches and ideas for a new picture book character.
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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Character studies

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© Sylvia Liu
Continuing to practice characters, following Aaron Blaise's online course, Character Design.
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Friday, March 24, 2017

Drawing classes

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Spent some time this week doing an online course on character development. Always good to keep honing my skills. The above was the exercise for doing emotions. Below some notes on aging characters and eyes.
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Also worked on some sheep/goat characters for a story.
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Thursday, March 9, 2017

Octopus Pottery

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Our family is on vacation this week, and we stopped by a paint your pottery place. I made this piece yesterday. Today we'll pick it up after it has been fired.

Post firing:


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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Killer Caterpillar



I've been creative lately but haven't had time to post things. One of the things I'm doing is auditing Renée LaTulippe's awesome Lyrical Language Lab course. One of the lessons was the Trochee, and we were asked to write a caterpillar poem.


Wednesday, January 25, 2017

A Venn Diagram - Trump Cabinet Picks

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In between writing and illustrating, I've been noodling with this handy Venn diagram of Trump's top picks that I also posted on my blog (Click on the image to see it larger).


Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Charcoal cat sketch

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Trying to do a better job posting my work here. I've been doing a lot of sketching. Just have to remember the posting.