It's been so long since I've posted on this blog! Partly because I've been using facebook more, and partly I suppose because I've been busy finishing a book illustration project. I'd like to get back in the routine here, though! In the meantime, here is a quick sketch I drew and painted the other day.
I have had this half finished cat picture sitting on my shelf for over a year. Today I had some time to myself and felt inspired to work on it again. It is inspired by a cat I loved, who actually was a manx and had that little bob tail, but the picture just needed to have the tail so I'll have to do another one of Bird (yes I named my cat Bird) some other day. So I took it from daytime to night time, and had tons of fun working on it both in acrylics and then in Photoshop.
Hello! I updated my website! There is some new work and some you've seen here on the blog before. I used carbonmade, which was very easy to use. I'd recommend it if you are looking for a simple way to display your work online. There are also some really fun portfolios to look through. I eventually want a more personalized site, but for now it will work.
I've been happily working on sketches for a new children's book! It involves drawing lots of different animal species which is so much fun.
Here is a nice review from ForeWord Reviews that made me smile, too.
Author: April Pulley Sayre
Publisher: Charlesbridge Publishing (February 1, 2010)
Reviewed: May/June 2010
On a Florida beach one night, a baby turtle begins her life as an egg, buried in the sand. Thanks to her own instincts and the help of multiple young hands, she successfully hatches, makes it to the water, grows up, and comes back to lay her own eggs, twenty years later. The refrain, “Turtle, Turtle, watch out!” warns readers when the turtle is about to encounter danger, and highlights the actions young human hands can take to help turtles survive. Gorgeous illustrations of evening and underwater scenes make the turtle’s life look magical, and appendices list all seven sea turtle species and worldwide efforts to help prevent their extinction. Actions can be as simple as cleaning trash off beaches and out of the water, or shutting off house lights near the beach so young turtles won’t crawl away from the water and toward the houses. For ages four to ten. Teresa Scollon
I painted this watercolor for my blog friend DJ, otherwise known as Barrier Island Girl, who shared with me her baby sea turtle photos when I was knee deep in illustrating Turtle Turtle Watch Out! I painted this from one of her gorgeous Florida beach photos. I'd like to be running toward that umbrella, with a beach bag full of books, sketchbook, watercolors, and a picnic! Actual size is 5 x 7 inches.