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Leaning into the DREAM

It’s getting close now, my second children’s picture book, Messy Magic Birthday, comes out May 10 st!  Here I am living my dream of writing, illustrating and publishing picture books for children. That dream started over 20 years ago but it never got off the ground until I learned a little secret.  You don’t have to…
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One Illustration at a Time

Leaning into the Dream, no matter what that Dream may be, can sometimes seem overwhelming. So I have to remind myself, “Just keep leaning”. Set small goals that will move the imaginary ball towards the Dream Goal and then chunk that down into small achievable tasks, like creating one illustration at a time.  From start…
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Making a Picture Book: Illustration Unease

Moving along with the first few illustrations for Messy Magic Birthday; I decided to start with the illustrations that introduce the main characters. Jack, the birthday boy, meets Annabelle and Cleo, the magic fairies is first but then I will have to address the mysterious magic cloud.  What the heck does that look like? Will…
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Making a Picture Book: Process & Progress

Here are some pics to show you the progress I made the past two week on illustrating my next children’s picture book, Messy Magic Birthday. First, the story board( up on the fridge) was completed with rough sketches to plan how the illustrations would go with the text. Next, I scanned and printed these sketches,…
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Making a Picture Book

These hot days of summer have driven me inside my studio to finally work on the illustration plans for Messy Magic Birthday.  I know the plan should have been done by now but because of spending so much time on promoting my first book, Lonely Lola Ladybug, it has been hard to devote time to…
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