ICON6



Last Thursday I showed my work at ICON6 Portfolio Roadshow in Pasadena, California. I made some really good contacts, got some prospective clients, enjoyed the way-cool neighbors, saw my baby-bro, AND got a fun one-day-Illustration-only escapade from sunny and this-time-of-year very hot AZ.

Roadshow was a nice size – around 100 illustrators. In my opinion, Roadshow and ICON are very heavy on Editorial Illustration so I thought it would be a nice place to show my work. I was right for once: Children’s Illustrators were scarce and cherished! :D

If you are interested to know more about the show, you can check ICON’s site: www.theillustrationconference.org

I’ll be blogging again when I’m back from SCBWI LA Conference. I’m leaving next Thursday and with me are going my 2 good KidLit Illustrator friends Molly Idle and Debra Pehrson Haun – listed in alphabetical order. Check out their sites!

I can NOT wait to go to LA! And in the meantime, keep cool and dry.

[ Cambio y Fuera ]
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Table 27
I took some originals with me. I'm glad!
Two Portfolios: colored pieces and sketches
sneak-peek of my new bc and pc
I love that mini-easel with Romeo's Ladder!

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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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Of How Juana Celebrated Fans



Many personal traits may question my mental sanity. If numbers are involved, then the answer becomes clear to people: Juana is nuts! I can say to my defense: I’m not crazy, I’m precise. And the hubs can attest to that.

So 2 weeks ago I jumped on the bandwagon, followed the trends and opened a FB Fan Page. I know what you are thinking and I can assure you that these two paragraphs will connect. Bear with me. Opening the FB Page was not an egotistical move. It was all about networking. I can confess the sole thought of creating the page sent cold chills down my spine. 14 hours of chills later I clicked on “Make Page Public” and I had Juana Martinez-Neal – Illustrator Facebook Fan Page.

I stepped up to the plate and sent my invitations, emailed my suggestions, twitted my tweets, and status updated my LinkedIn to let people know that I had a FB Page. It was official and I preferred facing the embarrassment of self-promotion through all my networking avenues than to have my FB Page with 3 fans – one of which was the hubs.

Seeing the number go up was exciting. It really was. Again, we are talking numbers here. Did you see the pattern? In my excitement, I set a goal… 150. Why 150? I dunno but it did sound precise enough to my standards. 150 it was. When we (me and my work) hit 150 FB Fans we were going to celebrate. So here I am to officially announce you that it happened yesterday!

— This illustration is to celebrate YOU, all of YOU who support and cheer me on and my work. To all of my 150 and all of YOU reading me now: Thank you, Danke, Gracias, Obrigado, Toda raba, Terima Kasih, Xie_Xie, Nandri, Gràcies and in all of the other languages that you can imagine. It means the world. —

A little inside on how this piece happened below and the commercial break at the very end with a FB “Become a Fan” link. If I’ve got this far, I may just bluntly ask for more fans.

Let me know what you think of this article, of the new site, of me actually *writing* a post. Your comments feed my blog! And don’t forget to click on the images so you can see them closer.

We are *CELEBRATING* 150 FB Fans!

THE PROCESS

I thought this piece may help me show my working and thought process. Hope you enjoy it! Remember to click on the images so you can see them bigger.

I normally start with a very general idea of what I want. In this case, I wanted a “150” so I started with the numbers and continued by adding characters. The more the merrier.

the initial 150

As I was working, I knew I wanted to have me in there so I drew myself in a different paper. More often than I’d like I run out of room.
*Hint: look 4 and 5 photos down and you’ll see how I had to masking tape my legs to the rest of my body*

that's me :D

Do you think everything is really planned ahead of time? Wrong! In the middle of my sketching my 4.5 year-old stomped in the room with a Lucha Libre hat on and his knight, silver fabric boots. He was in!

My sweet boy

Well, it looked good in my head and placing paper after paper on top of each other but I really wanted a fox.

the fox and some add-ons

Here are all of the illustrations together. I kept adding pages as I felt I needed something else. I ended up with 7 sketched pieces of paper. And now what?

Lots of illustrations for one big Celebration
How should I do this?

I scanned everything in Photoshop and saved all at 300dpi as psd files. You can see them here.

All in my HD.

Once everything was scanned, I created a larger canvas for my file where I added a layer for each illustration or element as I saw fit. I rely a lot on masks and use the multiply type layer quite often when I work.

All files in one big psd file

In Photoshop I played with sizes and moved elements around. But something was missing and I was feeling a disconnection in between the elements. So I did a print out in an 8.5″x11″ and sketched what I felt was needed.

Almost done but there's corrections...

Then sketched, scanned, saved as different files and added to my main psd file. And I was done!

We are *Ta da!

And here a couple of girlies that didn’t make it in the illustration but still say thank YOU. They were actually the first 2 sketches that I got done.

Thank You!

No, really... thank YOU

COMMERCIAL BREAK

And if you are still with me, if you are not an official fan yet and if you don’t mind my bluntness, here’s the link to *My* FB Page.

Become a Fan

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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!

Doodle of a Ramdon Day – Pajarito



No, people. I can’t commit to ‘A Doodle a Day’ so I will have my ‘Doodle of a Ramdon Day’ that from now on will be my ‘DOARD.’ Here’s the first one: ‘Salte de mi Cabeza, Pajarito?’

Puedes salirte de mi cabeza, pajarito?
Porque eres tan obstinado?
Determinado y furioso me rindes
y no quiero lucharte
porque se te ve tan pequenhito
que no junto valor para echarte.

Y no se de donde te me abestias
y te haces pajarraco grandote
Que no quiero luchar.
Salte de mi cabeza, pajarito.

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