Monday, February 21, 2011

Vote for the SCBWI Crystal Kite Awards!

If you're a member of the SCBWI don't forget to vote for the Crystal Kite Member Choice Awards! Round 1 of voting is underway now until March 15th! 
"The Crystal Kite Member Choice Awards will be given annually for best book as chosen by the members of each SCBWI Regional Division beginning in 2011 for first-run books published during the 2010 calendar year. "

Friday, February 18, 2011

Valentine's Day figure drawing


colored pencil on toned paper
10" x12"
Above is a drawing from a Valentine's Day figure drawing session. It was the first time that I've been to a class where there were two models posing. They were wonderful models and made for an interesting drawing.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Groundhog Day!!!

Well, It's Groundhog Day and Punxsutawney Phil did not see his shadow predicting an early spring!
Of course Groundhog Day also means that this blog post will be about my book Mr. Groundhog Wants The Day Off. 

I decided to share a few images on how one of the double page spreads developed from concept to final painting. If you'd like to buy the book just click here and visit the Rave Tree Press website. Order a book and while you're there click on the Activity Sheet link and download some Groundhog Day history; fun activities; a coloring page; and a fun smoothie recipe for the kids!! Enjoy!

original concept sketch

 final sketch
with text

original paintings

final book spread with text