Tag Archives: picture book writing

Colour Collective: Barn Red

Some sketches from a story I’m working on. Happy Friday!CC-bears-Nancy-Meyers

Illustration Friday: Yarn

For those who hate an itchy sweater–a character study I drew a while ago–a perfect fit for this week’s Illustration Friday! (click to enlarge).



Illustration Friday: Nostalgia


I’m double-dipping this week as this illustration is also for Penny Neville-Lee’s Colour Collective (Light Yellow Glaze). The color inspired the memory, as all I could think of was watered-down lemonade. My sister and I won a lemonade stand from a drawing contest sponsored by Pillsbury’s Funny Face drink mix (ok, I’m really showing my age here!). We did not get rained out, but a gust of wind pretty much decimated the storefront and put an end to our entrepreneurial efforts.

Here’s the Funny Face line up, if this triggers anyone else’s nostalgia. Our kitchen floor was always sticky with sugar!


Little Free Library


Three cheers for all the Little Free Libraries I pass everyday when I walk my pup! Sully went to the groomer yesterday, so I was able to grab quick pics on my way home without having to manage my squirrel-crazy dog. The Little Free Library movement (“take and book, leave a book”) was started in 2010 by Todd Bol of Hudson, Wisconsin and Rick Brooks of UW-Madison, with the goal of building 2,510 Little Free Libraries—as many as Andrew Carnegie. By January of 2016, the number exceeds 36,000. Their mission: “To promote literacy and the love of reading by building free book exchanges worldwide and to build a sense of community as we share skills, creativity and wisdom across generations.” Gotta love that!

Oh and here’s the haircut. 🙂



Illustration Friday: Childhood

That sweet time in life when getting red spots all over your face is a good thing, especially when you have a math test.IF-Childhood-1

Illustration Friday: Hat

Had a day of writer’s block but ended up with this little pup. I guess the little cloud is his thinking cap. Thinking-Hat

PiBoIdMo 2014!

November is Picture Book Idea Month, better known as PiBoIdMo, created and sponsored by author Tara Lazar. The challenge is to create 30 picture book concepts in 30 days. If you are interested, registration is still open through November 7th—it is fun and best of all, FREE! Plus there are daily blog posts from guest authors and illustrators for inspiration.
Although my daily assignment has moved from pictures (Inktober) to words (PiBoIdMo), I hope to include an ink doodle with every picture book idea. For me, the key is not to worry about how fantastic the idea is—just get it down on paper. Kinda like planting seeds—some fizzle out, some grown into bigger ideas. It’s a great exercise, and it works for me—I have a submission-ready manuscript from a quick idea I originally jotted down in my 2013 PiBoIdMo notebook.
Here’s the start of my 2014 journal. I use a tiny Moleskin (3.5 x 5.5)—the book format forces a commitment; the size keeps it from being too intimidating!

Inktober Oct 26

Same pup from Friday–from a manuscript I’m working on. I need a name for him, so let me know if you have any suggestions!


Inktober Oct 24

A quick little sketch from a new story I’m working on.



Inktober Oct 10

Quickie character sketch from a story I’m working on.inktober-10-10