Sunday, January 31, 2016

SCBWI Bologna Shortlist 2016

I just found out that my painting here made the shortlist for the Bologna Book Fair!

Owl did that happen?

I don't know, but I'm thrilled!! This means it will be included in the exhibition on display at the fair. So exciting.

A want to give a shout out to a few friends and peers that I know who also made the shortlist:

Tom Casmer
Melissa Iwai
Holly Hatam
Rodolfo Montalvo

And now, check out the work! It's all beautiful and amazing.

SCBWI Bologna Book Fair 2016 Illustrator Gallery Shortlist

Friday, January 22, 2016

Happy 2016!

Well hello, it's time for an update!

The new year is off to a great start so far. I just returned from a weekend in Miami at the SCBWI Florida conference, and it was fantastic (always is). Editors Grace Kendall and Christian Trimmer were in the house, along with several rock stars such as author/illustrator, Debbie Ridpath Ohi, author Jonathan Maberry, and the highly entertaining and hilarious children's book author, Tammi Sauer.

Some of my talented author/illustrator friends whom I greatly admire were there, such as Zebo Ludvicek and Fred Koehler, and I had the chance to reconnect and also meet quite a few new people, including illustrators Hannah Mericle, Steve Asbell, Daniel Blik, and Angel Alvarez. One of my students from Ringling, illustrator Kayleigh Castle, also attended for the first time. It was a great group altogether, and made up the best part about going in my opinion, which is being inspired by each other and knowing you're not alone in the joy and pain of making books!

A few highlights for me were:

1. Seeing Kerry O'Malley Cerra receive her Crystal Kite Award for her debut MG novel, Just a Drop of Water (of which I had the great honor to illustrate the cover).

2. Attending Grace Kendall's "The Non-Fiction Picture Book" workshop, and Debbie Ohi's "Social Media" workshop. Learned things about Twitter that I never knew!

3. I received Second Place in the Rising Kite Illustration contest for my painting "Owl Creatures Great and Small". It was created in response to the contest prompt, "Sam was the smallest of all, and that could be handy." It is painted in gouache (love gouache!!)

2016 is also off to a busy start in the studio - I'm working on a picture book with Peek-a-Boo publishing, and have another book in the works/on the horizon. Below is a sneak peek. Thanks for visiting my blog!