Showing posts from November, 2013

A Thanksgiving Caricature and How to Draw A Turkey Video

Thanksgiving is here again. So hard to believe! I had a wonderful trip with my husband a few days ago to visit our son and daughter-in-law and their 5 month old daughter down in South Carolina. We are so thankful to have been able to finally meet this granddaughter, our third  grandchild. And we are so grateful that we live right down the road from the other two granddaughters and can see them often!
Here is a caricature I did for someone for Thanksgiving. The black and white sketch is above.  I think I'll be sharing this video with my older granddaughters today. They are 8 and 3 years old!

What is Sighting? And how do I use it in drawing?

When I do Caricatures, Portraits and Silhouettes at festivals, weddings and events people often ask me how I achieve a likeness. In Art school I learned a lot of things and tried using a variety of art tools, but when I draw in order to produce a likeness I use a "tool" called Sighting. Sighting is a method of comparing and measuring one part of what you are drawing to another part in order to correct your drawing as you go. Here are two great videos on using sighting to see the way an artist sees.

November is Children's Picture Book month and Adopt a Senior Dog Month!

November is Children's Picture Book Month!! Find out more about it here: Here is my latest Illustration Friday submission. I always enter my subnissions under Style as children's Art! The Theme this week is: Tails. I've been wanting to work on illustrating more animals, since I am always doing people, so I thought I'd do a monkey girl with a very long tail!

Speaking of Tails! Did you know that November is also Adopt - a- senior- dog month? Find out more here! Here are a collection of my dog Silhouettes that I've done over the past few years.  Some were done from photos, and some were done on the spot from life at festivals. I have to say that the dogs are getting better at standing still or I've gotten faster and better at silhouetting dogs in person!

Can Grandma write a graphic novel?

Since festival season is over and Christmas parties have yet to come, though it's just about here, I've been able to work on my graphic novel, and am almost ready to send  some sample pages of it out to an agent I've contacted with the hope of moving forward towards publication. Wish me luck!This fantasy story features a young girl who is a slave of a witch, and an enchanted bowl who helps her overcome the witch! I've never done a story on this form before so it's been a lot fun studying graphic novels and learning about the form. I love working with the compostion and have really enjoyed using this venue to tell a story! 

This Idiot's Guide on how to plan the Panels for your Graphic Novel was very helpful to me. If you would like to know more about how to lay out a graphic novel click here!

How to Price Your Illustrations and more!

Here's another video by my favorite Illustration Teacher Will Terry. His ideas on pricing your illustrations have been very helpful to  me in terms of knowing what to charge for my work!

Here are a couple of Caricatures I did recently, both ordered through my Etsy Shop.
Here's a video on drawing caricatures-   fun to watch!

A great video on new ways to market your illustrations/ and some pics from my sketchbook

How many ways are there to market your illustration work?  I am so in learning mode about this and I've included here an awesome and helpful video! This is Will Terry( Folio Academy), well known children's book illustrator and teacher and he's right on the mark with great advice! He offers an overview of the changes in the illustration field since he started in 1992. Towards the end of this video he shares a lot of great ideas on how to market your illustrations in creative ways, illustrated (no pun intended) by stories of people he knows. He ends by saying "The internet ignores mediocrity, but it celebrates the exceptional. Go out  and be exceptional."  Enjoy!!                                               

A new way for your child to enjoy an ebook! More sneak peeks from Kamal's Day!

This is an interesting video about a website that offers a more interactive way for your child to enjoy ebooks, as well as another way for children's book authors and illustrators to have their work published. You can record you voice to be heard by the child while they look at the ebook! What will they think of next! Check it out here:

Here are a few illustrations I did a while ago, plus two illustrations (below) from my upcoming picture book, Kamal's Day to be released soon from Bellwood Press, an imprint of the US Baha'i Publishing Trust.

Have you ever thought of self-publishing a children's e-book?

Here is a great video by Will Terry a well-known Illustrator and Writer of Children's books, and teacher of Illustration talking about the worth of self-publishing your own children's books as ebooks on Makes me think about all the possibilities!!

Here are two more illustration from my upcoming picture book, Kamal's Day, soon to be released by The US Baha'i Publishing Trust. This project that Kamal is doing will be included in the back of the book!

Teaching a Child Compassion- More pictures from Kamal's Day soon to be released by Baha'i Publishing Trust.

How do you get across the idea to a child that they could pray for a friend if they get hurt? That has been on my mind many times when I've taken care of children, in my own family or when I worked with children. How you share with them the idea that they can ask God to help themselves or a friend when they get hurt? How do you teach compassion? Or can it actually be taught? Maybe the best thing to do is just to recognize it and encourage it when it happens naturally.

In light of this I included the idea of praying for a friend in my picture book, Kamal's Day, soon to be released by Bellwood Press, an imprint of The US Baha'i Publishing Trust. In the afternoon of Kamal's day he plays outside with some friends, and one of them falls and gets hurt. Kamal goes to get an ice pack and says a silent healing prayer for him. This is the prayer he says:

Here is a cute video of a girl singing something called "the Boo Boo song". What a great way to deal with falling dow…

Children are as a branch that if fresh and green: they will grow up whatever way ye train them"- Baha'i Writings

I thought I'd share some of my illustrations featuring parents with their children! This is my latest contribution to Illustration Friday! The theme this week is Secret. Do you know what this little girl's secret is?
Here is a great quote about children from the Baha'i writings:
"Children are even as a branch that if fresh and green; they will grow up in whatever way ye train them.Take the utmost care to give them ideals and goals, so that once they come of age, they will cast their beams like brilliant candles on the world, and they will not be defiled by lusts and passions in the way of animals, heedless and unaware, but instead will set their hearts on achieving everlasting honour and aquiring all the excellences of humankind." I did this illustration years ago for no particular reason except that I like this lullabye (it's part of the drawing) by Christine Lavin and felt like illustrating it. It's nice to pull it out of my portfolio and share it here!

My latest work! Queen of Carmel/Shrine of the Bab- Calligraphy!


Happy Ever Aftering! New Fairy Tales book giveaway contest at Enchanted Conversations!

When I was a kid I loved reading fairy tales! I loved the work of the Grimm Brothers and Hans Christian Anderson. Two of my favorite fairy tales were The Goose Girl and The Seven Swans. Funny how not that many traditional fairy tales actually had fairies in them! I still love traditional fairy tales and many of the new versions of fairy tale that are being written all the time! Jane Yolen is a special favorite fairy tale writer of mine! Check out her work here! If you like fairy tales be sure and check out the New Fairy Tales book giveaway contest over at Enchanted Conversations:
Wikipedia defines Fairy Tales:
1865 illustration of Tom Thumb and theGiantfairy tale (pronounced /ˈfeəriˌteɪl/) is a type of short story that typically features folkloricfantasycharacters, such as fairiesgoblinselvestrolls,dwarvesgiantsmermaids, or gnomes, and usuallymagic or enchantments