Friday, January 23, 2015

Sunday, January 11, 2015

A girl and her eye patch and her dragon

Sketch I did for fun.

Fun fact: When I was a kid I had to wear an eye patch for a while, which I thought was pretty awesome. It was a temporary facial paralysis (Bell's Palsy), which in my case was caused by nerve damage from chicken pox. I couldn't close of my eyes or move anything on one side of my face. I'm sure my Mom was terrified but people felt bad for me and gave me presents and I wore an eye patch and got to drink out of a straw (which apparently was some sort of exciting novelty?). I was young enough that I was not aware of and did not care about the way my face looked. The only thing I didn't like was getting up super early to go to appointments at the neurologist's.

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

Angular Snape

I was gripped with the sudden inexplicable desire to draw a very angular Severus Snape.

Monday, December 08, 2014

I do not know how to draw a Siamese cat

I keep thinking I'll put a Siamese cat in my book, but then I try a to draw a Siamese cat, and realize that I had better just leave this particular cat breed out. However, should I need to draw some sort of robot cat, I think I've got a good starting point here.

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Jump and I'll Catch You

"Jump. Jump, my love, and I'll catch you," she said.

Taking a break from painting my book to do a little illustration for fun.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Monday, August 18, 2014

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Angry squirrel

This angry squirrel inhabits the creepy woods. No one knows why he's so angry.

There are strange things afoot in the brambly woods

If you are lost in the woods, don't listen to the crows. They will almost certainly lead you astray.

Ghost boy

There's a ghost boy in the woods, at least he thinks he's a boy, it's been so long since he's been anything. He says his name is William but who knows if that's actually true; I'm sure you know how hard it is to get any real information out of a ghost. Oftentimes you'll be talking to him and then he'll just say in a dreamy voice, "I was in the apple orchard," and drift off, leaving you standing there feeling terribly lost and alone.

Friday, August 08, 2014

Weird snaky cat thing - but with flowers!

So here's a weird cat doodle that I ended up painting digitally. I like cats, I like snaky things. Combine them together and BOOM! New magical cat creature.

Powers: extreme shedding (and shredding!), able to trip many people at once, can cause mild hearing loss using its purr of extraordinary loudness.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Writing process blog tour!

I got tagged in this writing process blog tour, by the massively talented Jen Corace. I've been a fan of Jen's work for years, but have gotten to know her through the magic of Twitter. Follow her on twitter, folks. She's really funny.

(To be completely honest, I actually got tagged in this tour some time ago by the lovely Laura Zarrin, but took so long to write my post that I got tagged again.)
What am i currently working on?

I'm currently working on my debut picture book, QUACKERS, which I wrote and illustrated. It's about a cat who is rather confused about his identity.

Cat or duck: you decide

How does my work differ from others of its genre?

Well, let me just lay it out here: I have a bizarre sense of humor. I fell out of a lot of trees as a child, and was raised on a steady diet of weird Japanese TV shows and terrifying picture books. All of which have combined to make me the extra special person I am now.

Why do i write what i write?
I am a very visual person, so I generally start with some odd image that pops into my head, and start wondering just what the heck is happening in this picture. How did they get here? Where are they going? How'd that bird get on that elephant's head? Etc, etc.
What's happening here? No one knows... yet.
how does my process work?

For QUACKERS, I started with an idea years ago, made the story far too complicated, and promptly misplaced the paper on which I had written out the story. Which, as it turns out, was a good thing.

Then I had a baby. This is an optional, and not necessarily recommended, part of the process. Good for the adorableness quotient of the household, bad for productivity and spare time.

Multiple years passed (due to aforementioned baby).

Eventually I emerged from the haze of sleep deprivation and remembered this story idea and wrote it out anew. Having read about 1 million picture books in the meantime (rough estimate), I ended up with a much snappier story.

I did thumbnail sketches to plot it out and make sure it fit into 32 pages, then sketched out the whole story and assembled into a dummy.
Hey, here's a sketch!
I transfer the sketches to watercolor paper, and spend way too long agonizing over it. I mean... I paint it. With my totally expert and really awesome watercolor skills. Then, when that doesn't work out, I tweak it using the wonders of Photoshop.
I work in my incredible studio space, aka a cramped desk in the playroom. Sometimes I use the Barbie dream house as a desk. 
Okay then! Who's next?

I'm tagging my critique group partner, Kathryn Dennis. She's an author/illustrator and a middle grade writer. Not so coincidentally, I did some illustrations for one of her middle grade novels, Camp Secret.