“Poppy’s Best Day Ever” – The Post



June normally means Summer camps, 100+ degree weather and the beginning of personal pieces in preparation to SCBWI’s Los Angeles Conference. This year it meant: “Poppy’s Best Day Ever” – A Picture-book in 30 Days Challenge. From signed contract to delivered artwork in 1 month (DVD coming soon).

And I know what you are thinking: Why did you do THAT? Two reasons: 1) story was about birds and 2) it was for El Mejor Nido ®. What a great opportunity! Still, why did you do that? Well, at the beginning the project was for 6 illustrations so it sounded doable. OK, then. Did you make the deadline? Yep. Was it difficult? Yep. Would you do it again? NO. And I warn you, don’t even try to convince me to take a deadline like that again. I will hurt you!

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Lellie, Lellie!



Lellie at the Studio

You can now order “Lellie The Different Elephant” a book written by Lois Ann Garza. I illustrated the book with colored pencils. These pieces were the last done with this medium. For the brighter pieces, I used inks to create an under-painting.

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New Book Completed



I finished the artwork for a piggy book I’ve been working on since last October. It was a tight deadline! For this book, I continued experimenting with mixed media and this time I incorportated colored pencil. I had never done that before and I liked the results!

Book will be out Summer 2011 and I’ll post more info as I get the OK from the publisher. In the meantime, a little something…

New Book Coming Fall 2011

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It’s been a hectic busy couple of months so here’s a post to update you on everything that’s going on:


NEW BOOK “THE NIGHT BEFORE MY BIRTHDAY BOOK”


I’m currently working on a multicultural picture book written by Joni Rubinstein. Dummy is all done and I’m painting the spreads at the moment. Release will be Spring 2011. I’ll post more about the book soon. Here’s a sneak peek.

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The Magic Bluebells – Out in November



The Magic Bluebells

I got the news today – “The Magic Bluebells” will be out some days before Thanksgiving. So you can add it to your Christmas list!! If you are interested in getting a copy, drop me a line.

A couple of illustrations from the Chapter Book about Vicki and Kate. Enjoy!

Chapter 01

Chapter 06

Piggie’s Little World – V



After many moons, Piggies have finally left the Studio. I took some pictures while I was working on the last piece so you can see how neat my studio looks when I’m working with colored pencils. You really don’t want to visit when I’m working my mixed media pieces.

I don’t have a release date for “I Can Cook” yet. I’ll be sure to post the info as soon as I get the news from the EECI. I’ll include the list of retailers that will carry copies of the book. Can’t wait to see it printed!

A picture of the last piece for the project – a double spread activity page.

My Working Table

Painting 'I Can Cook'

Colored Pencils

Illustrations for 'I Can Cook'

Piggies - Activity Page

IF – Clutter



Cluttered and scattered mind.

Lellie - Clutter

The Magic Bluebells



During the last few months, I’ve been working on a picturebook/chapter book by Richard O’Malley – The Magic Bluebells.

As a request from his wife, I have painted with my older illustration style. Both Jeanne and Richard saw my work of “The Wall” and fell in love with the line art.

Jeanne is a lovely lady and a wonderful person to work with. She’s so patient! So without further a do, one of the illos.

The Magic Bluebells

Piggie’s Little World – IV



Piggies are back from the shop and at the publisher already. A couple of them below. The cover is on the works as I type.

Piggies - Page 04-05

Piggies - Page 07

Piggie’s Little World – III



My piggies’ book is almost finished. Only have to paint the cover. Here’s the first round for the cover.

Piggies - Cover Sketch

Piggies for all interior pages are being scanned as I write. Should get them back on Thursday. Boy, I miss them. A pretty bad scan of page 6 below. Aren’t they happy?

Piggies - Page 06

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