Wednesday, February 29, 2012

I find these Lalique Automobile Mascots from 1932 to be breathtaking sculptural forms. Click here to see more.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Cool Character Needs Story

I am a character driven children's book author. I'll draw a character and say, "I like this guy. I wonder who he is, what he does?" Then I hunt for the right concept or story to pair with the character. It occurs to me, this might be backwards. Maybe story or concept should come first, and characters after.

How do you write your stories?

Monday, February 20, 2012

Illustrator Advice : SCBWI Austin Take Aways

Take aways from art directors and editors at the Austin Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators conference:

1. They still really love postcards. They called them one of the best ways to get your work in front of them. (They hang them on their doors and bulletin boards. Don't be discouraged if you don't hear back right away. They told the story of one illustrator whose card hung on a door for almost two years before getting a gig.)

2. Make it easy for them to see the work on your site and to download your images. Example of not ideal, they described hunting through tiny thumbnails to find an illustrators best work. (my site) is not currently user friendly in either of those ways. Redesign quickly being instituted (which was underway, but not with the urgency it now has).

Finally, in my experience, the best way to get published is A-to-B. Go where the book pro's are. SCBWI conferences are great for that. Schedule portfolio reviews, etc.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Why I work in a signature style.

From a friend: "My son came running to me at the library, book in hand, asking, 'Isn't this the guy you know?' He was holding a copy of Jacob Wonderbar! My son knows your work, even if he can't ever remember names!"

In short, my style is my brand.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Muffin Madness

Found this in the sketchbook.