Hi there! I’m Juana and I’m a children’s author illustrator.
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Juana
I am the illustrator of “La Madre Goose” and “La Princesa and the Pea” (written by Susan M. Elya, Putnam/Penguin). I paint with acrylics, colored pencils and graphite on handmade textured paper to create textures and depth in my paintings.

“Alma and How She Got Her Name”, the first picture book both written and illustrated by me, will be published by Candlewick Press in April 2018. The essence of ALMA, which has autobiographical elements, is “you are everyone that came before you, and you are uniquely yourself.” Candlewick Press acquired the book in a seven publisher auction and will publish in simultaneous English-and Spanish-language editions. Read More…

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LA PRINCESA AND THE PEA: Updates



"La Princesa and the Pea"

Much has happened since I last posted here but little has been blogged about. With that in mind, some changes have been made, and I’m integrating my instagram account with the blog -since I’m a bit more active there –@juanamartinezn But do not fret, instagram post will be also posted here. No need to open an instagram account.

With that out of the way, let’s move on to “La Princesa and the Pea” and the updates I have to share about the book. Ready? Here we go:

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Mentee Portfolio vs. Grand Prize Winner Portfolio



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Hi again! The Craft of Portfolio Making – Post #2 is here!

Last week, we worked on putting together your brand new Physical Portfolio on the post “How to Put a Children’s Illustrator Portfolio Together”. Today, I will try to expand on what we briefly touched on Image Selection and Flow & Continuity on last week’s post while sharing my 2011 and 2012 Portfolios.

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How to Put a Children’s Illustrator Portfolio Together



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Spring is finally here and that can only mean Conference Season has started!

With that in mind, I thought I would write a Blog Post Series about The Craft of Portfolio Making.

Today we will focus on the making of the Physical Portfolio. We will be talking materials and how to best present your work for a Portfolio Show or a face-to-face Meeting. When we are done (post purchases and put-togethers) you will be walking around town with a new portfolio under your arm. Let’s get started!

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