Papa Bear – Coloring Page

Summer Break Coloring Pages by JuanaPapa Bear
Hello there! This upcoming Sunday we are celebrating Father’s Day in most of the world. With such an important day approaching, this week’s coloring page is dedicated to the Dads. All of the Dads.


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.

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.

Submit your work to well-known and respected publishers. Do your homework by researching the publishing houses and their previous publications.


Outdoors – Coloring Page

OutdoorsSummer Break Coloring Pages by Juana
Hello you wonderful people! A new coloring page is ready for you and your little ones and it is all about having fun the old-fashioned way: Outdoors!

So print your coloring page, grab some crayons and get out to the park or just your front lawn – shoes optional.


Memorial Day – Coloring Page

Summer Break Coloring Pages by Juana
Hello there! And Happy Memorial Day to everyone!

As promised, today we start the weekly SUMMER BREAK COLORING PAGES that will last until Monday, September 5th.


Summer Break Coloring Pages

Summer Break Coloring Pages by Juana
Yes, it’s that time of the year! The much anticipated SUMMER BREAK.
(Jaws’ theme song playing – loudly)

Starting Monday, May 30th I’ll have a weekly coloring page for you to print out and hand to your little ones. This will last through Monday, September 5th.

Neither rain, nor shine, nor holiday, nor tantrum, nor conference will stop the 9am PST weekly delivery. That’s a total of 15 coloring pages to keep your most precious and shortest loved ones temporarily busy.

Why am I doing this? This household has not one but two little ones constantly (and I mean constantly) requesting drawings of different things/animals/situations so they can paint while I work. I thought this summer I would share it with the world and give other hard-working moms and dads a few minutes to focus on bills, work, laundry or just to lift their feet up, savor that iced tea and read that magazine that has been waiting for you. Now you can!

It sounds good, doesn’t it? So sign-up and get your Weekly Coloring Pages delivered to your inbox or subscribe to my blog and get those few minutes to yourself. We know you deserve them!

Would you like to make a subject request? Just post yours on the comments! Requests are on a first-come first-serve basis. I’ll try my best to honor most requests.

Other than that, see you next Monday!



Dan Santat via SCBWI-AZ

This is a repost of the event listed at SCBWI-AZ‘s site.

Download and print the pdf form of the REGISTRATION FORM. Hope to see you there!


Saturday, June 11, 2011 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
at 2233 W Dunlap Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85021


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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New Books, Blogs and Giveaway

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


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.


Ceviche for “They Draw and Cook”

Nate Padavick and Salli Swindell started the blog “They Draw and Cook” a while back. There, illustrators submitted recipes that they felt like sharing. And although I hardly ever cook, I loved the idea of illustrating a Peruvian recipe so I picked my recipe immediately. Last week, I made time to start and finish the color illustration and type. Mainly because the deadline for submissions was October 10th.

My recipe: Peruvian Ceviche
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An interesting aspect of the project is that I tried to use Mochica iconography throughout the piece. The pre-Inca culture had one of the richest and most elaborate iconography of all of the Pre-Inca and Inca Civilizations. You may have read about the Lord of Sipan. If that’s the case, then you have seen the Mochica Civilization and the wonderful jewelry, pottery and iconography that they made. My mom’s side of the family came from Trujillo (province of La Libertad in Peru) one of the areas where the Mochicas flourished many, many years ago. Needless to say the piece has a lot of meaning to me and the research was a LOT of fun.

And don’t forget to stop by Nate & Salli’s blog to see more of the fun recipes other illustrators have created:

UPDATE: And something I forgot to mention is that “They Draw and Cook” will be a book. There will be 100 recipes in the printed version. I’ll post something later once the book is ready so you can buy your copies. I certainly will.

Peruvian Ceviche - They Draw and Cook

Peruvian Ceviche - They Draw and Cook | Illustration

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New Directions – AKA Transportation

These last couple of months I’ve found a new direction to my work. I have looked back to my culture and ethnicity. With this I hope to bring a more meaningful body of work. There will be exploration, successes and failures. It’s how it should be and I’ll share as I explore.

Now, this week’s Illustration Friday coincides with a piece I just finished – Llama Ride. I painted this personal piece for the Call to Hispanic/Latinos Multicultural PB Artists I posted yesterday.

Hope you enjoy the piece :D

Llama Ride

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