A Day Like This



A Day Like This
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.

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Draw Me An Elephant or How to Hire An Illustrator



Draw me an Elephant

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.

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Call to Hispanic/Latino Multicultural PB Artists



Juana's Call to Hispanic-Latino Multicultural PB Artists

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 me@juanamartinezneal.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.

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Sunshine Awarded



Sunshine Awarded


This week has been packed with exciting news. One of this-week’s-great-happenings was getting an award for my blog. I’m overly excited since it’s my first blog award ever :D

The great children’s illustrator and twitterer Laura Zarrin nominated my blog. Thanks Laura! She’s all good vibes and a great person to follow on Twitter if you are not doing it already: @creativegirl

So now it’s my turn to nominate 12 awesome blogs and bloggers:

Molly Idle – awesome children’s illustrator and AZ friend
Debbi Pehrson Haun – collaging the world and she’s a great friend
Megumi Lemons – AZ children’s illustrator with soft, tender illos
Joy Steuerwald – great children’s illustrator and twitterer
Marta Montaña – Catalan children’s illustrator I met in Macerata back in 2007
Gaia Bordicchia – a kidlit critique buddy and awesome illustratrice
Rachel de Ste. Croix – pen and ink+digital+inks+watercolor = precious little
Rebecca Sutherland – bringing amazing patterns in her work all the way from London
Manola Caprini – sweet, sweet illustrations from I-haven’t-figured-out-where-in Italy
Geninne D. Zlatkis – blogging beauties almost every day from Queretaro
Meg Hunt – who I don’t really know but hey!… she’s in Phoenix and I love her work
Christiane Engel – her work rocks my socks off!

Sunshine Award


Now it’s your turn to brighten someone’s day by nominating your favs for a Sunshine Award:

1) Put the logo on your blog or within your post
2) Pass the award to 12-well-deserving bloggers
3) Link the nominees within your post
4) Share the news by leaving a comment on their blog
5) Link to the person from whom you received the award

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Elizabeth Gilbert on Nurturing Creativity



I had to share this! If you have 19 min and 32 sec to spare, listen to Elizabeth Gilbert in this video. Pure genius. This woman is brilliant in this speech about artist and creativity.

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Bugs 2.9.2



apparent bugs in the update to 2.9.2 that require a post and a comment. otherwise you have a 404 error. all boring stuff for the non-web-techie but I got to resolve this.

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are we still having problems, feed?!??



Let’s see if this test shows up in my bloglines as new post. Argh!!

Funny enough, google reader does show the older posts but not in Bloglines. I wonder if anybody is getting the feed. Must.investigate.now.

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Oopsie, feed!




So apparently I posted the wrong feed address. The correct one should be:

http://juanamartinezneal.com/feed

This time I’m absolutely, positively sure. Huge mistake so I’ll double posting in blogspot for a few more posts. At the same time what a best excuse for a new DOARD (Drawing Of A Random Day). This time pen and ink.

Update your Feeds again!

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Website relaunch+Blog and Feed Move



New Site Design

My much neglected website has been relaunched and with tons of upgrades. Yay! I’ve also moved my blog here to wordpress so please update your feeds.

Yes, but why?!?!! Well, there’s a few reason so I’ll get wordy:

1. My site was in desperate need of a re-do. I designed back in 2006! √

2. I wanted to integrate my blog in the new site. Seamless transition, you know. √

3. I wanted to upgrade to a site with a cms. I’ve grown tired of hand coding and especially tired of Dreamweaver. √

4. I had to switch to wordpress. This one was just me being a spoiled brat. √

5. My site needed bigger, MUCH BIGGER images of my work. √√√

6. My portfolio needed an update. √

So, now I can say: check, check, check, check, triple check, check. Mission accomplished.

Please visit the site and I’d love to hear what you think. What works, what doesn’t. Now, back to work.

Happy Friday everybody!

UPDATE –
Comments were not working properly. Sorry about that. Issue resolved √

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hello wp!



I moved my site and blog to wp. Yay for technology and upgrades :D

¡Como te quedo el ojo, robona!

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