About Me

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A little about my artwork: I interpret the words written on a page by telling the story behind the story working with pen and ink, watercolor and Photoshop, I fuse old techniques with modern ones to create a world that every drawing can speak to a child or grownups.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

A Tribute to Michael Sporn

A Tribute to Michael Sporn

As I put my belongings together for the conference a friend of mine
Masako Kanayama
shoots an email to me saying final done!  

Not a day goes by I don't think of him

Monday, February 6, 2017

2017 SCBWI 18th Annual Winter Conference

It is that time of year!
The 2017 SCBWI 18th Annual Winter Conference!

My marker of what has been accomplished by yours truly.  
2016 was not an easy year. I know it was not just me, being a Massage Therapist I have worked on clients who are struggling for many reasons.

I found it difficult being creative. I spent more time doing experimental art then finished pieces trying to find some balance "voice".    


I would like to thank Ame Dyckman  for posting on Twitter fantastic snippets of writing that  helped inspire me to create.

And a shoutout to my niece who called me up needing my help on a college homework assignment. 


Because of Ame's writing and my nieces "HOMEWORK"
 I was able to play with an idea I had floating around in my head.
Not worrying about
 "What am I going to draw?".
 It freed me to think clearer of how to intrepid the writing and capture feelings, 
it allowed me to create this. 

my 2017 Tomie dePaola Award First Runner-up! 

and these pandas
I'm looking forward to the conference seeing old friends, make a few new ones and missing friends who could not make it this year.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

In Tomie's words "assignment or prompt" & some sketches

What Tomie wrote:
"The assignment or prompt, if you will.
This year’s assignment is to cast yourself, as a child, in a picture book. Show your autobiographical character in a scene and make sure to convey the emotion of your character. The viewer should be able to read the emotion of the character immediately and clearly. No words or captions are allowed in the image. The dimensions of the original image are up to you, but you must print it out on an 8.5 x 11 piece of paper. Submissions will be mailed to the SCBWI office, and we will send them to Tomie dePaola for judging."
How am I going make it work? What parts of my childhood am I going to share?
 Something fun like sledding?
 Or not a great student in school or...

Some of the early sketches trying to figuring out how much of myself 
am I willing to share, also does it read well?

The finished sketch

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