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.
Lisa is one of those personalities that you fall in love with, you have no choice but to love her and respect her hard what appears to be her never tireless attempt to get her artwork out there for the whole world to see it. I can't wait for the day when I can say I knew her when. Buy her artwork :-)
with all his friends and there relations in a new Walt Disney Animated film.
According to the article from Ap Associated Press it has been thirty (30) years since they did the last big screen "Pooh" adventure. It does not surprise me they are working on a new film considering that "Return to the Hundred Acre Wood" was just published back in 2009. What I do find surprising and thankful is that they are bring back the old charm of the original films and it will resemble the the classic shorts from the 1960s and 1970s I can't wait!!!!!
I'm not a fan of some of the newer version they created with computer generated silliness
And this is the original "The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh"
That I grew up watching.
I think one of my favorite parts of creating artwork is sketching out the ideas. I truly love it!
There is a certain freedom that goes with sketching. You are just not concerned about the finished product, you grab your paper and pens or pencils or what ever you work with and your imagination. I think if I could find a job that allows me to sketch all day I would take it. I had a teacher at SVA who made us work only with a Bic black ink pen. He wanted us not to be concerned about the finished product just be free with your ideas. This lesson is part of my work and I rarely use a pencil.
Here are some sketches from my most recent project that I'm working on called "Why Am I Me?"
by Wayne Harris-Wyrick. It is a very good question to ask at any age.
Thanks Diana for the inspiration,
Well it is done! the illustration that I'm nicknaming "Chasing the Balloon (Dream)" is finished.
In a way aren't we all chasing a balloon? Trying to reach are next goal in are lives. When I started to work on this piece it was just to have a little fun with a good friend, colleague, and very talented artist who I have enjoyed knowing for some years now.
Then I realized after a slight bump in the road that this illustration is my dreams that I'm chasing. And along the way there are disappointments like not being excepted into "The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art"because I am not a major player and there is limited room available.
I would also love to see the books I have illustrated on a bookshelf (outside of my own) I have contacted some book stores with no one yet returning my emails.
Another dream I have is illustrating a hard cover picture book 8.5 x 11 in size with a dust jacket, I really want the dust jacket! But that may not happen as well. According to an article in The New York Times picture books are on the decline some of that is do to bad economy, another reason is parents are not buying their kids picture books (Click here for full article).
I am starting to illustrate my ninth book with 4RV Publishing called "Why I Am I Me?" written by Wayne Harris-Wyrick, I have done a total of eight picture books and one YA novel. all paperbacks,
out of the eight that I have done seven are available for purchase and the eighth should be out sometime early next year (2011) called "Libby the Odd Squirrel" More to come on Libby when I find out more.
In the past week or so I have posted three separate comments on other peoples websites and or blogs. Not one of them has shown up; at first you think well it takes time for someone to approve the post then when you see others peoples post times are after yours you think hmm "didn't like what I said?" "Tobe ignored or not Tobe ignored that is the question?"
This is also the time I wished I kept a copy of what I said so I could share them with you (when I wrote them I thought they were brilliant! if I looked at them now maybe not). But all I can do is give you a general out line of my ideas and the link to the post; the comments I tried to leave are about massage therapy. If any one has been reading some of my past post you will know that NY State law for massage therapy will be changing in January of 2012.
So my first one was to the S5431C- NY State Open Legislation site: this was my second comment I was posting the first one did go up, It said something along the line "That I was frustrated with the fact that not one politician has returned my emails and if any lawyer out there want to take this on?"
Second went to the "Time Newsweekly.com" this local new paper posted what Governor David Paterson signed into law. I expressed how I felt about it, no sense to repeat what I have already written in past post (Click Me and Me part2).
Third goes to "Shine" in their post they comment on a new report written in the New York Times. The study was done on the benefits of massage therapy. Of course there were post by others who have no real idea about massage and in a strong way I tryed to educate the other people who left comments. I even included a link on how to find me, the link is from Spa finder it has a couple of reviews about me as well. But it did not show up. I guess they rather post "with or with out a release?" then me writing "If your therapist is hearting you. You have the right to stop the massage".
Any one who blogs can and have censored what can be said on there site, so far the only thing I killed were two links to porn sites But in all three cases except about the lawyer thing I don't believe I was being negative or inappropriate, honest yes but not mean.
hear are some pictures from the tornadoes that touched down in Queens on September 16th were I live.
I was at work at the time and did not know what happened until I got home., I work in Manhattan two stories underground and none of the clients I worked was aware of how strong the storm was all I knew for sure was the "F" train subway line was flooded and service was suspended. But by the time I was done working it was functioning again. I was told by my girlfriend when I got home about the strong winds & rain but it was not till the next day I realized how much damage was done.
Hear are some pictures I took the day after and a few days after that
this was the day after red car under a tree
Same car two days after the storm
most of the tree is gone except from on top of the car
front of car
Also something fun I did a few illustrations for a online magazine called
So once again I'm stepping back in time. The year is 1990 the place Michael Sporn Animation Studio NYC.
After my interview with Wendy Sargeant about the animation industry and a few other random happening in my life for last few days, It made me pause and reflect on were I was and why or how I allowed to lose contact with people I cared about. Good question maybe one day I'll give an answer.
But what I will share is this. For those of you who have HBO Family channel you may of seen on August 16th "The Marzipan Pig" it is a 30min adaptation of Russell Hoban book done for HBO.
One of my favorite jobs was being a "Color Stylist" I would take the story boards and start breaking down how a movie will get colored. This Story board was drawn by Tissa David in the animation world she is a big fish. A fantastic artist that I truly respect. I don't have the black & white version to share.
"The Marzipan" book is black and white so I had no color guide to work from and I think I'm in my early to mid 20's not a life time of experience that I thought was required to take on this job. I was living in Brooklyn at the time with its row of brownstones this type of reference was a great help looking into other people window (wha?) to see the color of the drapes and bits of furniture.
This is the finished background done by one of the following Background Artist that we worked with
Laura Bryson, Carol Kilbanks, or Charlotte Cary-Booth. The movie came out beautifully with the help of a lot of talented people. A must see! it is timeless story and it does not date itself one of my favorites that I worked on.
was a joy to illustrate, there is such a flow to the words that the images really just came to me very easily; putting it down on paper was another matter. But all the hard work was worth it.
A few things helped me make this book the best it could be.
1) Stephanie wrote a simple tale with a lot of heart and it did not require a lot of text to make it work, which gave me more room to create the illustrations without worrying so much about where the text will fit.
2) In June of this year I did a little post called "Maurice Sendak & The Giving Meadow" it was about how seeing the Maurice Sendak artwork on exhibit inspired me to take my own artwork to the next step. If you ever get a chance to be that close to someone who inspires you Do It!
3) Also, on a personal note, the reference material I used for the snake in the story came from my cousin Joey who owned the snake. He past away in a car accident only a day or two after I finished some of the first pages of the book when the snake comes into the story. I never got a chance to share it with him. But I will be able to share it with his son.
I just want to thank Stephen for having me today on my blog tour for my children's book, "The Giving Meadow."
Just a little about me: I was born in Manchester, NH but live in Castaic, California with my husband, Brent, and two sons, Andrew and Joseph. I have fond memories of Manchester, but have made California my home. I earned a BS in political science from California Baptist University in 1995.
I have been writing since I was 5, first making homemade comic books. Now, I work on creating short stories and novels. I spent 11 years in the US Army and over 7 years in Germany. Writing is a passion that still challenges me. The Giving Meadow is my first children's book and my first book with 4RV Publishing.
THE BLURB: The Giving Meadow is about a caterpillar who hatches from his egg in the middle of a meadow. As he travels through the meadow, he meets new friends who learn the value of sharing.
I go to Blessed Kateri Catholic Church (in Santa Clarita, CA) and I'm involved in our Sunday Preschool program. We call it Little Church. The program works with 3, 4, and 5-year-olds. I help to teach the 3's along with 3 other talented ladies, Shirley Chang, Maureen Dunahoo, and Mary Tesselaar. Every year I help to write the Easter play for the children. In 2009, "The Giving Meadow" was our Easter play.
After I wrote it, I showed Vivian at 4RV. She's also a moderator at Writing.com and I wanted her feedback on the story. She offered it a contract! I was tickled pink. It was a nice, unexpected surprise. I can't thank Vivian (Gilbert Zabel, publisher, 4RV Publishing) for believing in the story and wanting to bring it to life.
GOODIE TIME:Leave a post here on the blog. I'll pick two lucky winners to receive an autographed postcard of the cover. Winners will be drawn out of a hat, and I'll return on AUG 13th to announce them.
The other day I read in a news paper something fun. The Plaza Hotel in NYC is opening "Eloise Suite" Eloise is a children's book about a little girl who is six years old and lives at The Plaza, written by Kay Thompson and illustrated by Hillary Knight. What fun would that be sleeping in a room that is designed like one of your favorite books, kind of blows away Spider Man bedsheets doesn't it? I personally never read any of the books written about Eloise (even though I may pick up a book now after reading about how the story came about) and I do enjoy Hilary Knights artwork and have always recognized the book. I even had lunch once at the Plaza and somehow new Eloise story was based there. It made me wonder how it must feel to have that kind of impact; that a story of as little girl living in a hotel could become so famous. Who knows maybe one day I will know for my self. (okay you can stop laughing) More about Eloise story can be found at her official web site "Eloise Wed Site".
Not much at the moment like everyone else the heat has taken a lot out of me, I'm trying to get back into the swing of things and do some original artwork but it has been very slow going. I realized that even though I have done a lot of artwork over the last several years very little has been just for for me.
So were to being? I'm looking at older work to kick start me creative juices also need to go to a museum and or art gallery would help.
Quick up date Hamlet is doing well.
After his seizure on Memorial day. He is walking on his own, we are not walking as far but he is doing it on his own power with no help from me. I have to say this has aged him between the the heat & the seizure certain issues he had before all this happened seem to be more prevalent. But nothing can be done about that.
"The Giving Meadow"
Will be on a blog tour in August. I will be hosting or letting Stephanie Burkhart take over my blog on August 12th. When I get the dates of the whole tour I will post them.
I'm sure most of you have heard of that goofy, flat Gingerbread Man and how he ran all over the place trying not to get eaten up by all those shady characters. But ... have you heard of The Marshmallow Man? Written for kids ages 4-8 years, this is a retelling of the classic story, but with all-new hungry characters and an all-new, twisted ending.
I've decided to run a contest for an autographed copy of my third picture book, The Marshmallow Man. There are two ways to enter ...
1. Leave a comment here on my blog telling me something about marshmallows. It can be anything you want to share -- a story, how you like to eat them, a favorite recipe, a childhood memory, etc. (Rena's Blog Site)
2. For those who have read the book already, you can be entered a second time simply by leaving a review on Amazon or Barnes & Noble. You can give the book as a gift, to your child's school, or keep it for yourself.
Pretty simple, huh? The contest will run for two weeks, ending Friday, August 6, 2010. I'll pick a winner (from a hat) that night and announce it the following Saturday. Please help me spread the word by telling your friends (your kids can enter too!), posting on your blog, on Facebook, etc. And don't forget, the book can be ordered through my website,4RV Publishing, LLC, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, or any bookstore. And finally, I have some fun activities on my website for kids to do, so don't forget about those. Thanks and good luck!
I posted a couple days ago about a wonderful review I received from a client about how they enjoyed my work as a massage therapist, it made think maybe I should do more post telling about why I became a therapist maybe tell some of the funny and frustrations of being a licenced massage therapist living and working in Manhattan. Something to break up all the posting I do about my artwork to see more then one side of me. To educate others to show how what I do can be beneficial to the wellness in your lives.
Maybe get people to realize that how we are not always portrayed in a good light by TV, movies, and by those who are just ignorant.
Well this was sent to me the other day just in time for my first post.
I still don't plan to make it a habit on talking about my work as a therapist but I think from time to time just to break things up a little bit will be okay.
This type of ignorance is insulting to my profession.
For about a year there was no image (cover art) for this book.
Yes frustrating, how can you sell a book on Amazon or Barnes & Noble web sites and not have a front cover being shown. Somehow it was lost in the wash so to speak, I was busy working on illustrating other stories so I did not pay close attention to how long ago the book was published, and the publishing company has there hands full as well.
It was not till I finished "Libby the Odd Squirrel"(maybe coming out in September) that I realized how long it has been, So after sending out some emails inquiring on the book cover. Then latter posting what I've done to promote the book and letting who ever reads these post that there is still no image for the book, someone Anonymously made a simple suggestion on how I can fix it on my own.
Well the Book is not ranking at #1 but it is now ranking at #1,653,874 in Books and it is ranked the top seller of the books I illustrated.
This is in no way saying that this picture book is better then the others because they are all special in one way or another and even though I have my favorites, I will never tell because I don't ever want any of the picture books get jealous of one another.