Monday, March 16, 2015

Missouri SCBWI PAL Postcard Art Contest

Our regional SCBWI chapter is going to send out a postcard to schools to promote our local PAL children's authors and illustrators. It's meant to encourage school principals, teachers and librarians to invite book creators for school visits.

They had a illustration contest for the art side of the postcard and they just announced that I was the winner!! Not only will my art be featured on the card, but I also get a free portfolio critique at our upcoming conference! Here is my piece:


Congrats to the second and third place winners. You can see them here.

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Animals Playing Instruments – #kidlitart's Twenty-Eight Day Challenge Part 3

Here is the third batch:

RHINO PLAYING A REBEC


SKUNK PLAYING A SAXOPHONE


TIGER PLAYING A TUBA

UPUPA PLAYING A UKULELE

VERVET PLAYING A VIOLIN

WALRUS PLAYING WASHBOARD 

XERUS PLAYING XYLOPHONE

YAK PLAYING YUEQIN

ZEBRA PLAYING A ZURNA





Sunday, February 22, 2015

Animals Playing Instruments – #kidlitart's Twenty-Eight Day Challenge Part 2


Second batch:

JERBOA PLAYING A JEWS (OR JAW) HARP


KOALA PLAYING A KORA


LION PLAYING A LUTE


MOOSE PLAYING MARIMBA


NUMBAT PLAYING A NEY


OTTER PLAYING AN OCARINA

PINE MARTEN PLAYING A PENNY WHISTLE


QUOKKAS PLAYING QUITIPLAS
 

Animals Playing Instruments – #kidlitart's Twenty-Eight Day Challenge

The folks over at #kidlitart* wanted to help illustrators find their voices as illustrators, so they set up this challenge.

The idea is to draw something every day for the month of February featuring a theme, creature, idea, character, etc. that you LOVE. 'To illustrate things that you are ALL ABOUT – not just as an artist. As a person. What tickles your fancy? What do you geek out about? What stories would you tell if you just had the chance?'

I've had this idea for a while to illustrate the alphabet with animals playing instruments, since I love art, animals and music. I started out innocently enough, then I got to researching both animals and instruments I've never heard of, and it starts to get really exotic! I am having a lot of fun with this!

Here are the first batch:

ALLIGATOR PLAYING AN ACCORDION


BADGER PLAYING BONGOS


CAPYBARA PLAYING CYMBALS


DIK-DIK PLAYING A DJEMBE


ELEPHANT PLAYING AN EUPHONIUM


FERRET PLAYING A FLUGELHORN
  
GOAT PLAYING A GUITAR


HEDGEHOG PLAYING A HARMONICA


 AN INDRI PLAYING AN IYA ILU

* #kidlitart is an hour-long Twitter chat on Thursday nights at 8 pm Central, where children's illustrators talk about anything to do with kidlit art.