Tag Archives: Children’s book illustration

Creative Juice #136

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Creative Juice #136

Great offerings today:

Creative Juice #334

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Creative Juice #334

You can’t fail to be inspired by these wonderful articles.

Happy St. Patty’s Day

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This is so sweet I just had to share! Thanks to Kathy Temean for collecting these gorgeous illustrations–and interviewing all these artists!

Writing and Illustrating

CAROLYN LE: Featured on Illustrator Saturday September 12, 2015

BARBARA DILORENZO: Featured on Illustrator Saturday April 14, 2012

DAVID THORN WENZEL: Featured on Illustrator Saturday August 24, 2013

ANGELA MATTESON: Featured on Illustrator Saturday December 10, 2011

NICOLE STEMLOW MONAHAN: https://www.monahanstudio.com/

SUSAN MILLER: Featured on Illustrator Saturday August 25, 2018

NATASHA WING: Author – http://natashawing.com/nightbefore/120715

NOEL Ill: Being featured this Spring on Illustrator Saturday – Please check back!

LENA RALSTON: Lena is being featured this month on Illustrator Saturday – Check Back!

CHRISTINA WALD: Featured on Illustrator Saturday March 16, 2019

AMALIA HOFFMAN: Featured on Illustrator Saturday September 18, 2010

 

KIMBERLY BETTI: https://www.kimberlybatti.com

CHRISTINA WALD: Featured on Illustrator Saturday March 16, 2019

NICOLE TADGELL: Featured on Illustrator Saturday April 2, 2011

May you live a long life,

full of gladness and health,

with a pocket full of gold,

as the least of your wealth.

May the dreams you hold…

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Creative Juice #129

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Creative Juice #129

Dream, gather inspiration, and create!

  1. Zoology anatomy lesson.
  2. A knitting designer shares some of her sketches.
  3. How artists deal with the pain of lost love.
  4. Life in the 1800s beautifully captured by Mary Ellen Best.
  5. When photographer Omar Robles went home to Puerto Rico, he was so shocked by the devastation and abandoned buildings (aftermath of Hurricane Maria) that he photographed dancers against the background of ruins.
  6. You don’t need lots of room for a book nook.
  7. Tips from a street photographer.
  8. The gorgeous illustrations of Kayla Herren.
  9. If you want to move a big rock over 100 miles, be prepared to apply for a lot of permits.
  10. Many variations on the iconic face of the New Yorker.
  11. Sketches from Disneyland.
  12. Beautiful Bulgarian folk dances. (I’d rather be dancing!)

Creative Juice #117

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Creative Juice #117

Wow! A varied offering this week.

Guest Post and Book Giveaway: A Tuba Christmas by Helen Wilbur – Illustrated by Mary Uhles

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A wonderful gift idea for your musically-inclined youngster! And a glimpse into the illustrator’s process.

This article by Kathy Temean previously appeared on Writing and Illustrating.

Writing and Illustrating

Author Helen Wilbur has new picture book titled, A TUBA CHRISTMAS, illustrated by Mary Uhles. It’s now available in bookstores. Raakhee has agreed to share a book with one lucky winner. All you have to do to get in the running is to leave a comment. Reblog, tweet, or talk about it on Facebook with a link and you will get additional chances to win. Just let me know the other things you do to share the good news, so I can put in the right amount of tickets in my basket for you.

Sharing on Facebook, Twitter, reblogging really helps spread the word for a new book. Thanks for helping Helen and Mary!

BOOK DESCRIPTION:

With a family that loves music as much as hers does, it was only a matter of time before it was Ava’s turn to pick out an instrument. Her mother plays the piano, her…

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My New Poetry Project

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My New Poetry Project

Shel Silverstein is one of my favorite poets. I love his collections for children, Where the Sidewalk Ends and A Light in the Attic. I love his quirky illustrations.

One of the most dangerous things a writer can do is read someone else’s work and think, I could do that.

And yet, that’s just what I want to do—write a collection of poems for children and illustrate it with line drawings.

Map lying on wooden table

I’ve brainstormed some ideas and I’m adding to my list of topics every week. I have a few poems ready to go. I think 100 poems should be just about right. I could put that together in the next couple of years, even if I only write one a week.

The illustrations will be trickier. I am not an illustrator. My strategy will be to copy some of my favorite illustrator’s works, Silverstein’s included, until I gain some confidence and skill; then, create my own characters and doodle some illustrations to complement the poems. Next month is Inktober, and I think I might use the challenge to work on my illustrations.pony-2595144_640

Here are some of the poems I’ve written so far:

If I Had a Pony

I could ride him and feed him carrots
I could brush him
I could name him Geronimo
he could take me on adventures to lands far away
he could run like the wind and I would feel like I was flying
he could save me from danger
I could lead him to water
we could ride all day and sleep under the stars
I could be the hero on a pony like that

 

Serves Him Right

sci-fi-3144558_640I hope the kid who ripped up
my Student of the Week certificate
gets captured by bloodthirsty aliens
from the planet Beelzebub
who beam him up to their spaceship
and tie him up and look at him
through a giant microscope
and paralyze him with their ray guns
and poke him with needles
and then almost give him a certificate for Best Earth Specimen
but then take it back and rip it up
and eject him from the spaceship
too late for dinner and dessert
and nobody believes him
it would serve him right

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I Want to be a Ballerina when I Grow Up

When I grow up I want to twirl;
I think I’ll give ballet a whirl.
To dance on tiptoes is my goal—
It makes me happy in my soul.

To wear ballet shoes on my feet,
To wear a tutu on my seat,
To wear my hair up in a bun
And pirouette until I’m spun.

Not a teacher or a nurse,
Not a president—or worse,
Not a scooper of ice cream—
A ballerina is my dream.