Wednesday, March 4, 2015

New Projects & Exciting News

Hello there! Checking in with a few exciting updates:

1. Just received some very exciting news about a book that I illustrated!!! They haven't publicly announced it yet so I can't say a peep, except for alluding to it like I am right stay tuned!

2. Just got a new book illustration assignment with Heinemann Publishers called My Pet Spider. It's a such a cute story with a great lesson about wild creatures.

3. I will be traveling soon on behalf of Ringling College to meet with Barbara Takamoto, the widow of Iwao Takamoto, who was a cartoon animator. He designed characters for some of the Walt Disney classics such as Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, 101 Dalmations! Then, he worked for Hanna-Barbera and developed characters for The Jetsons, The Flintstones, and Scooby Doo!!!

Iwao and his wife Barbara visited Ringling College a few years ago and fell in love with the campus and all the students. Barbara and Iwao are generously donating some of his work to our Illustration department for reference and teaching materials. What an awesome way to carry on Iwao's artistic legend!! I know students and faculty alike (myself definitely included) will cherish and study his works to glean inspiration and improve our craft.