Friday, September 29, 2006

Finishing up my flyboy Evan

Hi gals,

Well I took into account all of the sugeestions posted last week, which were great by the way, on this and think it works? You'll all be the judge of that though! Anyway, I managed to get this out in time for my little man's party but with regard to adding it to my portfolio if it needs more work just let me know. I'm going to my Rutger's Conference on Oct 21st so I'll have this one and hopefully the flying book one done by then as new pieces for my book. I'm really excited. Looking forward to it all.

Sunday, September 24, 2006

Evan's Birthday Invitation!!

Hi Gals!

Here's my 6 year old son's birthday invitation I've been rushing to finish and hoping I could get suggestions on before I finalize it. It's supposed to be him tossing tons of invitations all over the countryside via his toy plane for his upcoming party. He actually wanted to invite all of his classmates from the last three school years, PreK, Kindergarten and 1st Grade mind you! I figured he'd need to really spread the word so I imagined him doing it like this. A couple of the invitations you'll be able to see the words "You're Invited" still as they are falling. The white mass behind him I have to define more but that's the bag of invitations. I'm still working on the background as you can see. Im' not sure if I've integrated the color of the plane with the overall color palette? It still doesn't match to me? Any suggestions wopuld be really helpful. And I've put my flying book on hold until I get this done and printed out. Next week yikes! Thanks again for your comments for last week!

Sunday, September 17, 2006

A little more color in the works!

Hi everyone!
Hope you all had a great weekend. Thanks for the feedback from last week too! Well, I'm inching along on this one but have added the first layer of background in pastel and tried to define the figures' faces a bit more. Also lit up some of their faces more with reflective light. Anyway let me know how you think it's coming along.
Happy Blogging

Sunday, September 10, 2006

Hi Everyone!

Hope you all had a nice weekend and are getting into the groove of the fall season. Eventhough it isn't actually Fall yet! Nevertheless here's an update on my current piece. As you can see I didn't get much done last week but truly hope to give it my all come tomorrow. I'm enjoying laying in the pastel and am looking forward to tackling the star filled night so I can really judge the values I've chosen for the characters thus far. Anyway, let me know what you think and if I'm going in the right direction with the choice of colors for the kids clothing. Thanks in advance!!!

Sunday, September 03, 2006

Rutger's One on One Plus Conference!!!

Hey gals,

Was wondering if anyone here has attended the Rutger's One on One Plus Conference in Piscataway, NJ? It's sponsored by Rutger's Council on Children's Literature and will be held this Oct 21st. I've been accepted to go and am very excited! I originally heard about it through an SCBWI regional conference I attended in June. It's structured in a way that gives you one to one time with an professional illustrator, author or editor etc.. and then has a round table discussion session where you sit with your mentor for part of the day and 4 other pairs of mentors/mentees. Anyway it sounded really worth the $125.00 and was hoping I could get some more insight on anyone else's experience or if you know of someone that has attended along with what they brought with them to show and all that kind of stuff. Thanks so much for the feedback on my piece last week too. And yes so far I've used just Pastels to keep things as loose as possible. I find when I get into the details with colored pencil I get carried away fixing everything too much! I hope to finish up painting in the children this week and move onto new territory so I have at least a couple of more fresh pieces to bring to the conference. Goodnight and have a good start next week for all of you going back to teach.