Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Pat Cumming Workshop is a must!!!

Take a peek at this cute flyer that our whiz Juana put together for the workshop. Make sure to sign up soon if you haven't already. I am so excited about it. Pat Cummings is such an incredible artist and is so nice that the day will be filled with great info and stories. Plus, it will be so inspiring to spend the whole day with fellow illustrators. I can't wait.
Make sure you sign up before all the spots are filled.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Salt and Soap Cover in Progress

So, when I'm painting away, I often get the feeling that my piece is progressing so slowly. I decided to take photos at the beginning of each painting session to get an idea of how much I'm actually getting accomplished each time I get to work. This is the cover art for the "Salt & Soap" project I'm working on for the Grand Canyon Association. It's still a work in progress and I'm still editing the puppies quite a bit. Please forgive the crudeness of the photos, but I think you get the idea....

Let me know your thoughts. :)

Monday, August 25, 2008

Pat Cummings Illustration Workshop in Arizona


Pat Cummings Is Coming to Arizona!

Award-winning author/illustrator Pat Cummings will be sharing her expertise with SCBWI Arizona this fall. Join Pat and a small group of illustrators for a full day hands-on intensive workshop on Satuday, October 4, 2008. The workshop is designed for artists who want to take their work to the next level. The event will be held at the Brio Fine Arts Center in Scottsdale. For registration details, go to Events. (

The workshop will also involve creating a promotional piece that is so compelling that an editor would sign up a book based on that one image. This might be a rare occurrence, but it CAN happen. Every promotional piece ought to aspire to that end. This workshop will focus on developing a provocative, narrative image that showcases the widest range of individual skills possible.

Anyone who is interested in illustration should definitely come to this workshop. Register quickly so that you don't miss out.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

You can order "There's a Coqui in My Shoe!" online now!

Isla Catalog, is a company that focuses on selling products specific to Puerto Rico and the Caribbean. They are now carrying "There's a Coqui in My Soe!" through their website. Click on:

To get to the book page. Also, seeing that the response has been so wonderful they will also palce the book in their Christmas catalog.

Where does Tanja work?

Wow! Has it really almost been a month since I posted last? Man-o-Man time sure does fly. I have been very busy working on the finals of my next book scheduled for release by the Grand Canyon Association in the Spring on 2009. I thought it might be interesting to show everyone where I work. I actually have a great little office/studio that I spend a lot of time in.

That's my computer area. As you can see I'm getting ready to do some blog posting. :)

That's my easle and drawing table, etc. The TV is not hooked up right now so it's just using up valuable space. My window looks over a little park which is nice, but it's hard watching people have fun outside while working (even if the work I do is fun) inside.

My solution?

Take over the rest of the house! Yup, I now paint in our dinning/family room area. It's actually kinda fun because I'm with the rest of the family and not so isolated. Thank you family for letting me spread my paints out everywhere.