Monday, November 30, 2009

Meet Molly Idle at Changing Hands Bookstore

Come along to Changing Hands Bookstore in December to meet our wonderful Molly Idle. She'll be reading her book "Nighty Night, Baby Jesus," which she both wrote and illustrated.

Here is a link to Changing Hand's website with more info about the event:

December 12, 2009 - 1:00pm

Changing Hands Bookstore
6428 S McClintock Dr
Tempe, Arizona 85283

See you there,


Monday, November 23, 2009

SCBWI Tucson Writers and Illustrators Get-Together

WHAT: SCBWI AZ Informal Networking Get-Together for Greater Tucson, Casa Grande, Marana, Green Valley, and all Surrounding Communities

FOR: SCBWI AZ Writers and Illustrators (Guests are welcome to attend one Get-Together before joining SCBWI.)

WHEN: December 1, 2009
6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

Borders (cafe)
4235 N. Oracle Road
Tucson, AZ 85705
North Oracle Rd. between Limberlost Dr. and Wetmore Rd.
Phone For Location Information: 520.292.1331

INFORMAL DISCUSSION: Mass Market, Trade, and Institutional Publishers:
What's the Difference and Which One Am I Writing/Illustrating For?

Illustrators please RSVP by Friday November 27 to Susan Simon at Illustrators may bring some work to share.

Writers please RSVP by Friday November 27 - to Michelle Parker-Rock at

Hope to see you there.
Happy Drawing.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Wonderful Review of Wright on Time - Arizona

Check out the link below from Blogcritics. It's a wonderful review of the Wright on Time - Arizona book, the first book in the chapter book series that I am illustrating. They said wonderful things about the book and also about my cover design and illustration.

I must admit, that this has been a most wonderful week filled with the best news. I hope I have many more like this.

Happy drawing.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Salt & Soap Presentations in Flagstaff Tomorrow

If you are in the Flagstaff tomorrow, stop by the library in the afternoon and say hi. I'll be there with the author of the Salt & Soap book, Lori Rome and the pups as well.

Friday, November 20th 11:00 am

Salt and Soap Presentation with Lori Rome - Flagstaff Bookmobile at Mountain School

Friday, November 20th 4:00 pm
Salt and Soap Presentation with Lori Rome - Flagstaff Library

Monday, November 16, 2009

The Lighthouse Keeper


Here is a wonderful animated short from the Gobelins animation school called The Lighthouse Keeper. The artists that created it are Gaëlle Thierry, Jérémie Moreau, Rony Hotin, Baptiste Rogron, Maïlys Vallade, and David François. This piece is a wonderful example of how important lighting is in art, whether it is an animated short or an illustration doesn't really matter. Lighting sets the mood, and suspense beautifully in this piece.


Sunday, November 15, 2009

Maurice Sendak Talks About Illustration

Here is the father of the 1964 Caldecott winner and cultural icon "Where the Wild Things Are", Maurice Sendak, talking about illustration and what makes his books so special. I love his response. He feels that the idea to add an underlying story to the actual story is instrumental in making the his books intruiging to his audience. This reminds me of Tim Gillner's (Art Director of Boyd's Mills Press) "adding a carrot" concept to making the story and illustrations of a book come to life. Author/Illustrator Dominic Catalano also talks about this idea, by adding tracery imagery to artwork it can beome much more meaningful and inciteful and add to both the character and visual story development.

Happy drawing.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Incredible Online Figure Resource

Hi everyone,

I just thought that I would share this great online resource with you. The site is called and it is the most useful figure reference resource that I've found yet. This site features interactive poses of people that you are able to move and rotate in order to analyze how a figure is constructed. It's a wonderful tool if you are working on an illustration of a person but you do not have a model handy. I also found this video by Thomas James that shows in detail how this site can be utilized. I especially like the animated portion when you can show a walk cycle, for instance.

Hope you find this site helpful. Keep an eye out for a message about our next meeting. I know it's past due, so I'd like to set one up in the next few weeks.

Happy drawing.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

New Illustration References

Another quick note:

I just added some more illustration references to resource resource page on my website. There are some great sites that focus not just on children's book illustration but on illustration in general. Now my google reader will keep me even more captive. Here's a link to my list if you want to take a peek:

Happy drawing to all.


Chris Piascik Draws

Chris Piascik from Quarter Productions on Vimeo.

Take a peak at this great video. Chris Piascik starts with a lopy doodle pattern and continues to fill it in to create a dynamic illustration. It just goes to show that any doodle can become artwork. :)