Saturday, January 26, 2013

Announcing the launch of my brand new website!
We went live with my brand new site a couple of weeks ago and I am very excited to share it with you. Thank you so much to Heather Long ( who coded it for me. I designed the visuals, but my coding skills are unfortunately limited to good old html. This wonderful Wordpress integrated beauty will let me do so much.
  • Check out the calendar! I'll be adding not only events that I will attend, but also any interesting illustration or industry related events that I stumble across. Let me know if you have an event that you would like me to add and I'll be more than happy to do so.
  • In my resource section I have added many more web links to great industry related sites and blogs. You will also find a FAQ section or questions that I have been asked over the years as well as some articles that I have written. I have also kept my resource books section and will add more books as I stumble across them. Also, if you know of any must have books or websites, send me a note and I'll add them. Likewise, if you have a questions that you think is worthwhile, let me know and I'll add it to the FAQ page.
  • Seeing that I do quite a few school visits and presentations, I've also update the content of my "visits" section. The media page will give you access to high-resolution poster, fliers, etc. that you will be able to use to prepare for my visit to your school or event. You will find my brochure and other items that you might find useful.
  • Of course I still have my books listed and I have updated my online portfolio of illustrations. Here you will find my most current work for you to look at.
Take a peek and let me know your thoughts. If you really like a section feel free to share it on your favorite social media outlet. There is even a floating share dialog to make this easy for you. As always I welcome any questions or comments you might have.

I have been posting all of my bolg posts at the new site, seeing that it is integrated into the new website. It's new location is at:

Here are some of the posts from the past month or so:

Happy creating to you all,

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Check out my latest illo... IF - Tree

After going on vacation and then playing catch up with client work, I was finally able to finish this piece that has been sitting on my painting table for way to long. It's a spread from one of my own picture book manuscripts. I thought it was a fitting piece for this week's Illustration Friday topic:


"No one noticed the owl watching them high in the tree."
Happy Creating to you all. T.

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Friday, September 28, 2012

Illustration Friday - Book

Here is my Illustration Friday Submission. This week's topic is"
Here's a quick peek at the creation process, from getting an idea, to developing it, to turning it into and actual story book.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

2013 Tomie dePaola Scholarship

If you are looking for a great way to create another portfolio piece and also have a chance to win a trip to the SCBWI 2013 National Winter Conference in NewYork, then check out this year's Tomie dePaola Award. The winning piece of art will be featured at the conference and the winner will have the full tuition, transportation and accomodations costs paid. Here is more information taken from the SCBWI website. Follow the link for full submission guidelines.
Here is what Mr. dePaola says:
Black and white is in again. Brian Selznick’s beautiful illustrations for “The Invention of Hugo Cabret,” the award-winning film “The Artist,” and Tim Burton’s new (based on his 1984 short film) “Frankenweenie” have all forgone color in favor of rich B & W.
This year, my Illustrator Award is doing the same – an illustration in black and white, including half-tones, from a classic.
Choose a passage, line or description from one of the following books:
“Little Women” by Louisa May Alcott

“The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” by Mark Twain

“The Yearling” by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
Please submit your entry by December 15th, 2012 as a jpeg titled with your name by email to with the subject "Tomie". I will select the winning entry by January 9th, 2013. In the body of the email include your name and the passage you have chosen.
I’ll repeat myself, again. I want to be surprised, excited and – VERY jealous.

I want to see an image, a style, a vision that I’ve never seen before – all in glorious black and white!

Good luck and don’t forget, I’m on your side!

Monday, August 27, 2012

Work in progress...

Here is a piece I'm painting right now. This one is for another one of the stories that I've written. It is currently in the blocking and rather ugly phase that all my paintings start out at. Gotta keep working... I'll post it when it's done.

Happy creating to all.