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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.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

My Friend Lisa Canvas and Cocktails

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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Frogs are on the move "The Process"

Starting line and color study
finished line and color study 
First attempt

First attempt part 2
First attempt part 3 realizing maybe not what I am looking for.

First attempt part 4 100% sure not happy

Second attempt

Second attempt part 1 Happy!

Second attempt part 2 watching it crash and burn

Second attempt part 3 Cant let go trying to make it work

Second attempt part 4 its over will restart in the AM
Finished Artwork third time is the charm 

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Do Postcards Work?

Do Postcards Work?
 It is a question we as illustrators all ask,
personally I think they do.
The hard part for me is I am never 100% sure they do get to the
 Art Directors or Editors.
But They are so much fun to create!  

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

What are you doing? Nothing

Sketch and early washes of watercolor with India ink

Finished artwork

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

Monday, January 16, 2017

It does not happen overnight 2012-2017

My submissions to the
Tomie dePaola Award
2012 Chicken Little

2013 A Sneeze is a Breeze

2014 part 1 sequential story telling
 was a Semi-Finalist that allowed me to participate in part 2 

Part 2 2015 Prompt was created by Tomie dePaola 
2016 Little Red Ridding Hood
2017 First Runner up

It does not happen overnight. 

Even though I have a illustration for ever year the time line is a little off because one year I believe it was 2014 I did not participate in that contest.
 I was working on "Tea with Queen"  

That year Tomie decided to have a 2 part contest.
It started right after the 2014 SCBWI Winter Conference and ended at the 2015 SCBWI Winter Confrence

Link to SCBWI Winners and Runners up

link to the Unofficial Gallery
This will be the final year of the Tomie dePaola Award. 
I am honored to have been apart of this award.
It has always pushed me to work harder.
Tomie's contest challenged me to work as a professional. Hit  deadlines follow the structure of the assignments and so on.
Thank You Tomie   

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Unfortunately you did not win the Tomie dePaola award

Well That's not a nice thing to say. Wait! What?  
 The email I received:
Hi Stephen,
Unfortunately you did not win the Tomie dePaola award, but you did win First Runner-up! Congratulations! Your beautiful piece will be featured on the website when we make the announcement tomorrow

As you may remember from past years, Tomie likes to include his thoughts about the winning pieces on the website, so that everyone can learn from his award and his choices. Here are his notes about your piece:

Stephen Macquignon
What a very nice surprise when I turned over this illustration and recognized Stephen’s name. I remembered his work from previous assignments, and we’ve met at the New York Conference.
In his piece, he’s taken his sketchy line and colored wash to a new level especially in his self-portrait. The mood, the body language and the hidden face are very moving to the viewer. Again, I “want” to know more: What’s going on, can I help? I’m interested!
Again, a small critique. I wish more care was taken with the background and the left front of the image. I read “shirts – maybe” for the background, but still, “What is that on the bottom left?”
Great job, Stephen. Keep it up. You’re on to something. 

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