Wednesday, October 21, 2009

James Owen "The Shadow Dragons" Book Launch

Hi everyone,

Just a quick note to let you know that James Owen will have his official book launch for his fourth installment, "The Shadow Dragons", of the Imaginarium Geographica series at Changing Hands Bookstore in Tempe, this coming Tuesday evening the 27th at 7:00 pm. If you go to the link below you can read more about the event. They are expecting a significant crowd so if you plan on going, make sure that you get there very early in order to get a seat.

Hope to see you there.

Happy drawing.


Sunday, October 18, 2009

Video of Lori with Salt and Soap

This is really neat. Here is a quick one an a half minute video of Lori Rome, author of my Salt and Soap book. You get to meet the pups and she talks a little about how they came to live with her. Lori spoke at the Prescott Public Library last week and The Prescott Daily Courier reporter was quite taken with her story.


Arizona Reading Association Conference was a success!

Here is a photo of Lori Rome, Salt and Soap and me at the author/illustrator reception this past Friday evening at the Arizona Reading Association Conference in Flagstaff. As you can see, the pups had a blast and so did we. It was a great event and there were some excellent speakers including Sig Boloz on Friday and Adam Rex on Saturday to name just a couple. Our presentation on Saturday went really well and our book was very popular. Very exciting!

I also got the chance the spend some time chatting with James Owen, author and illustrator of the incredible Chronicles of the Imaginarium Geographica series. What a wonderfully talented and inspiring artist but most of a all really nice guy. Here is a photo of him with me. Oh, I'm so tickled having met him.

James will be at the Changing Hands bookstore coming up on October 27th, at 7:00 pm. It will be the launch party for his latest release "The Shadow Dragons". I'll definitely be there.
Changing Hands Bookstore - 6428 S McClintock Dr, Tempe, Arizona 85283
See you there.


Thursday, October 15, 2009

Wright on Time - Utah, all done.

All the artwork is complete for Wright on Time -Utah. Very exciting! Expect it to be available by December. I'll post a note when it's officially released. This one is all about dinosaur bones and teeth. :) I'll post some of the interiors once I return from the Arizona Reading Association conference in Flagstaff this weekend.


Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Tanja finally has a new website

Fall break. The temperatures are cooler and we can actually go outside here is sizzling Arizona. Izzy's home from school for two weeks. So what does that mean to this illustrator? Yup, let's re-create my entire website.

Ok, so there is more to it. I will be presenting at the Arizona Reading Association Conference in Flagstaff this weekend and needed to create some promotional flyers to hand out to interested parties. As I started creating the flyer, I wanted to make sure that it visually tied in with my new bookmark for branding purposes. However, my bookmarks moved away from the visuals that I was using on my current site. Uh, oh - do you see where this was going? There is method to my madness.

Above is the old look. I liked it, but the site needed a lot of work. I wanted a cleaner look and wanted to add lots of different areas, so an entire re-design was in order. After a long week with lots of long nights, and a skipped life drawing class (sorry Mr. M) here is the new look:

I added a bunch more reference materials, a school visit and presentation section, added new artwork, re-vamped my books page and more. I like this configuration much better seeing that adding more things will now be much easier.
Take a gander through the site and let me know what you think and if there are any areas that could need impovement.
Happy drawing to all.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

More upcoming events

Here are some additioanl events that I will be participating on over the next couple of months.

Hope to see you there.


October 2009
Fri, Oct 16th - 5:15 pm and on
ARA Author Reception
Arizona Reading Association Conference 2009 - Du Bois Center - NAY - Flagstaff

Sat, Oct 17th - 11:15 am - 12:15 pm
Salt & Soap presentation with Lori Rome
Arizona Reading Association Conference 2009 - Du Bois Center - NAY - Flagstaff

November 2009
Thur, Nov 19th - 10:30 am
Salt & Soap presentation with Lori Rome
Bookmobile Flagstaff

Thur, Nov 19th - Afternoon - I'll post the exact time once we get it finalized.
Salt & Soap presentation with Lori Rome
Flagstaff Library