My aunt has a professional organizing business called Managed Chaos, and she commissioned an illustration for a brochure she's using to advertise her business. You can see the brochure at the link above-- it was truly a family undertaking, as my sister (with a new business of her own) designed it!
I had a lot of fun with this one since it's a bit of a departure from my usual work. Makes me want to play around with lines more and see what happens.
Two weekends ago I attended my second Mid-Atlantic conference for the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI). Some notes (and sketches from the margins of my notes). Leave it to a room full or book people to turn a phrase / speak in fun little metaphors.
- One of the agents in attendance (I didn't mark down who, shoot!) referred to the problem of starting a story in the wrong place as "throat clearing."
- Stephen Mooser quoted Sid Fleischman in describing a character's dramatic introduction into
- Keynoter Linda Urban refers to the essential essence of a story as its "spine," what you should hold onto.
- At one point, author/illustrator Pat Cummings said it was harder to be an artist than a lawyer, then later indicated that adventuring was even harder than art. Which led me to pen a mini infographic:
Now it's November, and I'm all in on another round of Picture Book Idea Month (PiBoIdMo, the brainchild of Tara Lazar).
Out of last year's 30 ideas, I now have three (very, very early stage) manuscripts, another close to complete story that's still in my brain until it discovers the perfect ending, an idea that I think might be an early reader or middle grade instead, and a character just begging to feature in a series. Here's hoping this year is just as successful!