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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.

Friday, May 30, 2014

Snow White watercolor washes


 
Just sharing
 
 What I have been working on;
using the critique Arthur Levine gave me on an assignment for the
SCBWI Winter Conference. 
 
  The subject was do an illustration from the story "Snow White"
I am using the version from "The Complete Grimm's Fairy Tales"
"Little Show- White"
I have finished penciling out six (6) pages watercolor is being applied
 and I need to still  black ink line. 
 
 

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Asifa East Animation Awards one week after


The 45th ASIFA - East Animation Awards this year was held at the NEW Tishman Auditorium. And the animation was great! I think some of the best I've seen; truly a great job among the student films.


The award ceremony was hosted by Liz Miele standup comic and creator of the animated web series ”Damaged” outside of botching a couple of names she did a nice job as host.




I had a good time watching the films and enjoyed the company of Heidi Stalling at the ceremony, also catching up with a few old friends at the after party.
 

  We need to support the arts; as people talked around the room work is getting harder to find. NYC is becoming a ghost town what once was the thriving city for the arts is now a joke from independent books stores, theater, animation, etc…
   

I will continue do my part to support artist, I hope others will do the same.
 
ASIFA link to the winners and the runners up Congratulations to all!

Friday, May 16, 2014

Sunday 18th the 45th Asifa - East Awards

 
I always look forward to this event!
To hang out with old friends, see what is happening in NYC animation world.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Anna Staniszewski stopping by on June 2nd

 
 
Mark your calendar!
 On Monday June 2nd my blog will be taken over
 by
for her new book blog tour

Monday, May 12, 2014

We Need Diverse Books

 
What seems to be the next push in publishing is more diversity in picture books.
 
 
 A couple of years ago it was "Pink it Up!” followed by "More Boy Books" and one of my favorite "No more Vampire stories”.
 
When I attend an SCBWI Winter Conferences the majority of people who attend seem to be white. I see few other ethnic groups except for Canadians they seem to be in abundance.
 
 
 So my question is: Is there a lack of ethnic writers?
Or is there a lack of good ethnic writers? I don't know the answer.
 What I see from the conferences and what I read on line most publishers don’t seem to give a …. about what color your skin is just need to tell a great story.
 
 
As illustrators we have the ability to diversify characters. Depending on the text it could be done. Or just make them cute mice, bunnies; once again depending on the subject bullying, shyness, first crush, afraid of lighting… and so on.


   Back in 2009 I started sketching a picture book called “Why Am I Me?”
 written by Wayne Harris- Wyrick.
I could not seem to get a picture in my head of one child asking such a big question;
 then it struck me while riding the subway it does not need to be one voice I can have a diverse group of kids every time “Why Am I Me?” is said it’s a different kid. Using the many shades of humans who ride the subway as my pallet I went to work not easy creating so many different boys and girls but it was fun and I hope I accomplished something positive.
 
    

Saturday, May 10, 2014

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