Portland Central Library Exhibit

Drawing on Imagination: The Art of Children's Illustration

I'm pleased to announce, the work and creative process of 11 published illustrators will be exhibited at the Portland Central Library, including We Eat Food That's Fresh!, presented by The Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, Oregon Chapter aka SCBWI-OR.

Collins Gallery, Portland Central Library 
Sat, Dec 21, 2013 to Fri, Jan 31, 2014
Opening Reception: Sat, Dec 21, noon - 2pm

The exhibit promises to be an interesting display of original illustrations, sketches, dummies*,  and published books. If you're in the area come by and take a look... better yet, come to the opening reception!

I'm honored to exhibit my work with an exceptional group of illustrators!  Here's the line up...

* Dummies: A dummy book is a small sample book made of sketches, used to layout a plan for illustration compositions to make sure they work with the story and text, and have a visually interesting flow.


Fresh! Start for 2012 at New Seasons Market

Let's help the little ones start the New Year with a healthy positive attitude towards wholesome fresh fruits and veggies!

Bring the kids and join me at the New Seasons Market
weekly "Kid's Day" kick off event.

    Book reading/sing along
    Crafts - kids make their own chef's hat
    Food tasting - "Try something new!"
    Original Illustrations on exhibit
    Book signing

Sunday, January 15, 2012

New Seasons Market, Fishers Landing
2100B SE 164th Ave.
Vancouver, WA 98683

 We Eat Food That's Fresh! 
is for sale at New Seasons Market. 
I'll be happy to dedicate your copy 
after the scheduled activities.


IF - Messenger

Have a Happy, Joyful, Merry Christmas!
And Happy Hanukkah to my Jewish friends!
digital and pastel on paper
7.5 x 7.5


IF - Sink

The Illustration Friday topic for this week is Sink.

Don't you wish kids were always this happy about helping out around the house?
From Wash the Dishes by Geneus English, LLC
This illustration started out as a  pencil sketch. I scanned it, cleaned up the sketch and painted the color in photoshop.


IF - Separate

This week the subject for Illustration Friday is Separate

Pastel on PastelMat   12 x 9.5
 I've been having fun with this stout little girl and her tall timid friend. I had been working many long hours digitally painting illustrations and I was ready to revisit my beloved pastels, pencil and paper when I started this piece.

I was happy with the original drawing layout, but I wanted the giraffe to have more character, so he got a redo.
I traced my original drawing onto PastelMat using a light box (which doubles as my sliding glass door). I like PastelMat for illustration, because it takes a lot of layers of pastel like sanded papers, but it is much smoother, so it's easier to do a small illlustration with details.  

Next, I blocked in the main color with PanPastels using the large oval sponge applicator at first, then the small wands. The Pan Pastels cover a large area and blend easily. You can see their painterly effect in the clouds. Last, I finished off the details with colored pencil, though I have to admit that I'm feeling the urge to go back and define some edges a little more, since some of the detail was lost when it was photographed. 

I'm having so much fun with these two characters, that I'm sure they'll pop up in another illustration soon!


IF - Brigade

This is my vision for the Illustration Friday subject this week - a brigade of peace makers, starting with one...

6.5 x 6.5
pastel on paper

This is another illustration that I used the process of scanning the original sketch. I then edited it in Photoshop, changing the pencil lines to black and blue. I also filled in the darkest areas with blue to avoid white paper showing through (below). I printed the photoshopped image on Canson paper and finished it with soft pastels and pastel pencils (above).

Finally, I scanned the completed illustration, printed it and tore the paper right to the edges of the image. Here's the finished product as a Christmas greeting card.


IF - Round

My Illustration Friday entry for this week...

Elf with Hammer
pastel on paper

This little elf has so much to do to get ready for Christmas. If he only new where he left his nails!

I've been experimenting with scanned pencil drawings. This sketch was scanned, edited to darken the lines and clean it up a bit. Then I printed it on art paper and added the color with pan pastels, soft pastels and pastel pencils.


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