KidLitArtists’ Interview



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I have officially joined KidLitArtists and have a Welcome Interview on the blog. You can read it here: Welcome Juana Martinez-Neal!

KidLitArtists the home of the SCBWI LA Illustration Portfolio Mentorship Program Winners – winners of 2009, 2010 and 2011. The blog provides helpful information and news for children’s illustrators as well as updates about past and present Mentees. We post weekly and hope you can follow the group blog!

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Evolutions, Dissolutions and Resolutions



Evolutions, Dissolutions and Resolutions

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:

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“The Messy One” Giveaway – Results



Two weeks ago, I posted about “The Messy One” (Picture Window Books/Capstone Publishers 2012) and included a giveaway for a copy of the book.

I would like to thank everyone who read the post and especially all those who entered the giveaway. And now to the results of my First Giveaway ever:

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“The Messy One” Giveaway



Nothing is as exciting as having a copy in your hands of a book that you wrote or illustrated. That time has finally arrived for “The Messy One”. The book is part of the “Little Boost” Series written by Christianne Jones, published by Picture Window Books/Capstone Publishers and illustrated by yours truly. And I have to tell you, I couldn’t be any happier. The book looks INCREDIBLE! And to celebrate such niceness, I’m giving away a copy. Woop! Woop! or to say it better: Oink! Oink!

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“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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Poppy – Coloring Page



Poppy's Birthday Morning - Coloring PageSummer Break Coloring Pages by Juana
Monday Coloring Page is here with one of the illustrations from “Poppy’s Best Day Ever” – a book I illustrated for El Mejor Nido ®.

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The Messy One – Coloring Page



The Messy One - Coloring PageSummer Break Coloring Pages by Juana
Another special Monday: Today is the release of The Messy One from the “Little Boost Series” by Picture Window Books from Capstone Publishers. With such an special occasion, the Coloring Page has to be dedicated to Vivienne and her parents. Happy Release Day to The Messy One!

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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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Lellie and Buzz – Coloring Page



Lellie and BuzzSummer Break Coloring Pages by Juana
It’s a special Monday today for 2 reason:
1. It’s 4th of July aka Independence Day in the United States. Happy 4th!
2. “Lellie the Different Elephant” that I illustrated is available at Amazon since last Saturday. Happy Lellie Day!

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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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