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!Read More...
Give me 60 seconds. I know you have them. I’ll tell you what I’ve been up to during these last 12 months. Ready? Here we go:
1 One More Chair. Yes, we added a high chair to our dining room, a crib to the bedroom, a bouncer to my studio and a stroller to the trunk of the car. Miss Eva came to us on February 6. We are happy to report, we are in love (Photo by Mel Bosna of Lulliloo Photography).
Our giveaway closed last Sunday at 8pm Arizona time and we announced the winner Monday. Who is he or she?! It was Miss Megumi Lemons. For those of you who didn’t win, you can order a copy by clicking the link below.Read More...
Now that I got my copies of the Storybook Brushes Calendar, I can hold the GIVEAWAY! Whoop!Read More...
This is the 2011-2012 recap post. I have divided it into 3 parts so it is easier to write and read because (reader be warned) it is long. Dissolutions and Evolutions go over what I have learned from the 365 days of 2011. Resolutions is a short list of what I hope to achieve during the 366 days of 2012. I hope you enjoy it!
1 Evolutions –
We are always learning and changing. What I got this past year may be too simple of steps for some people or maybe steps ahead for others. Either way, the most important thing is to learn something from the year that just ended. Here is my list of 2011 lessons:
As I sit on this Christmas Eve with a sleeping home, I don’t want to pass the opportunity to wish each and everyone one of you the happiest and warmest of Holidays. All the best for this Holiday Season!
I was born and raised different because my dad is different. I’m glad.
My father was part of a small group of Peruvians who actually loved the folk dances and traditional dresses that women and men wore throughout Peru. Everywhere but in the “civilized” Lima you would be able to see them with no special trips. Just get out to the plaza and you’d see them. But Lima being the capital and all had to be cautious of “these” dangerous, folk activities in the big city. Stadiums and places would only be rented for those type of festivals on Sundays – when no “decent” events would take place.Read More...
10 years ago Chris Neal and I almost burnt a church down in Manhattan Beach with Peruvian hand-made candles. By 7pm that same day, my last name got longer and I would officially no longer have to go to the grocery store ever again.
I often receive emails from writers who are interested in hiring me as an illustrator for their picture books. I tend to reply with the same questions and answers. I decided to create this post so it’s easily accessible for future interested people.
DO I NEED ILLUSTRATIONS TO SUBMIT MY MANUSCRIPT TO A PUBLISHER?
No, you do not need illustrations to submit your manuscript. Manuscripts are submitted to the publishing houses. Once your manuscript is acquired, the publisher will pick a professional children’s illustrator for the book.
HOW DO I SUBMIT MY MANUSCRIPT?
Submit your work to well-known and respected publishers. Do your homework by researching the publishing houses and their previous publications.
This post is an official call to other Hispanic/Latino Picture-Book Artists whose main focus of work is Multicultural Children’s Illustration.
The initial idea was to find an existing group of Hispanic/Latino Children’s Illustrators to network with. Little did I know there was no such group. I looked online with no luck. I asked at Conferences and found the same answer – there’s no such thing. So why not get something started? I can’t be the only person who wants such a group. So here I am posting my call and I hope word gets out and we can get a nice group together.
Group Objectives -
- To create a critique group that understands our culture and so is better able to understand our multicultural illustration work from this perspective.
- To be able to network with talented, like-minded Hispanics and Latinos in our same field of work.
- To create a strong body of work that effectively represents the Hispanic and Latino culture with pride and respect.
People Interested in Being Part of the Group Must Be -
- 1. Of Hispanic/Latino Heritage or with an Interest in representing Hispanic/Latino Culture
- 2. Picture-Book Artists
- 3. Working on Multicultural Books
How the Group Will Work -
- Group members post to our private blog when critique is needed.
- A reply in 24-48 hours is requested from the other members. Brief and sweet works best.
- Projects posted will be work-in-progress PBs so nondisclosure outside of the group is expected.
If you are interested in the participating int the group, all you need to do is post a comment or email me at email@example.com
What are your thoughts and ideas? What do you look for in a Critique Group like this one? I look forward to your comments.