Prepping and Sketching

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Out here in Texas it’s been cold and rainy and gross, so I’ve been hibernating inside working on lots of things! Above is a teeny screenshot of a piece I’m working on. This little guy is way in the back of the illustration and is very small, so I thought I’d give him his own spotlight to shine in momentarily.

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I’ve also been busy preparing for the SCBWI Winter Conference in New York, which is now just a couple of weeks away! I have new business cards, new postcards, and have put together my printed portfolio book. I’m beyond excited to finally get there!

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I also got the most recent issue of Thriving Family that I illustrated for in the mail last week. It’s always nice to see your work in print!

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I’m also…(drumroll)… in the process of writing and illustrating my first children’s book! Don’t get too wound up, it’s not being backed/published by anyone yet. I’m still in the early stages of planning the story, but eventually it will be a picture book dummy that I send out to publishers! Yay! The story is really fun and exciting (but also totally secret), and I’m having a great time studying and learning about what makes a good picture book. All I can say is it’s a story about a girl and an adventure. I can’t wait to see how it evolves and what it becomes!

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And finally, I’ll include a little photo of my studio mate, Oni, and his new puppy friend, Zuko, who was temporarily an extra studio mate. Puppies!