Monday, August 31, 2009

New Black & White

I have been really busy doing all sorts of things to help move myself into the Illustration biz.
I have been illustrating the last two years as a part time deal and now I feel ready to start to take the steps to move forward with it as a career.
I spent the weekend inking and I thought I would share with you two of the illustrations I worked on.
I am trying to build some new images for the website. I took out the B&W page and want to put it back in with new stuff.


Monday, August 24, 2009

Ginger Nielson

I am working on a series of fantasy illustrations. I have a long way to go to find the perfect balance, but these are two of several beginnings.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009


The author of the book I illustrated, "MY AFRICAN BEDTIME RHYMES", and I were recently interviewed by the Wandering Educators, A global community of educators sharing travel experiences. Every so often they will interview the authors and illustrators of children's books.

Brettell Hone the author, and I were interviewed and the results are on their website at:

I was especially pleased to contribute to this interview because the author has so much to offer children and adults in his tales from his home country. You will enjoy his comments, so I urge you to take a moment to read the interview.

Friday, August 7, 2009


LTNP (long time no post). I've been so busy, it's hard to cover all the bases. I just received these Clubhouse Magazine back cover samples in the mail yesterday from the AD at Focus on the family. Not a moment too soon, since the illustration was for their Christmas issue last December.

I might add, I recently signed onto Twitter ( If you want to follow my daily battles in the war against deadlines, Twitter is an easy way to do it. I like Twitter, as opposed to Facebook, because you can tweet inside of a minute (only 140 characters allowed) so it doesn't eat up as much time as Facebook can. I'm amazed at the exposure Twitter has given me in such a short period of time. I see Amy Moreno everyday on Twitter...we're Twittermates. Oh, thanks, Ginger, for getting me into LinkedIn. That's been helpful too.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Set Design for Summer Theater

Every Summer our community sponsors a Children's Summer Theater Camp through our church. This year the children are performing the Grapevine Connection. As a volunteer I am invited to paint any sets that are needed. This is a portion of our set this summer, The Information Station. The painting is 4feet by 8 feet and is one of the smaller areas I have painted over the past 5 seasons. Little chase lights shine through the holes in the flat when the "station" is activated.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

The new 2010 C W I M is out~

The newest issue of the Annual Children's Writer's & Illustrator's Market is now available. If your bookstore does not have it you can find it on

One neat feature of the new issue is the 1 year free subscription to the online Writer's Market.
A scratch off code number is in the front of the book that will give you access to the site.

The advantages of the subscription to the Writer's Market are:
Updated market listings for your interest area
A searchable database
Daily updates
Record keeping tools
Industry news
and Professional tips and advice

You will notice some changes in the format, but the strength and professional usefulness of the issue is still there.

GROW IT ~ Amy's Book

To see the USDA cover for GROW IT scroll down a few stops on the Pre School Page.
That is the link to the book Amy finished for the USDA . The preschool series is due out soon. I remember when Amy was working on the cover. The entire book is full of her wonderful work.