Are you my mother? #kidlitillustration

I’m channeling my favorite P.D. Eastman book, “Are You My Mother?” here. Now, before my awesome critique group buddies reprimand me for not working hard on my young adult novel that won at the #NESCBWI17 Pitchapalooza, I want to clarify that I did this drawing before I left for the conference so I’m not spending time drawing…just spending time POSTING drawings. I love my critique group buddies!

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Friends, big and small #kidlitillustration

It seems many heads of state are so into posturing to show who is the “bigger man” that they don’t even consider the idea that we could all get along…if only the heads of state weren’t lunatics and egotists.

For this piece, I started making a brownish blob that somehow turned into the bald head of an ogre-ish giant.

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An unexpected visitor #kidlitillustration

For the first time since we’ve lived at this house (18 years), we had a snake get itself stuck in our live trap for mice in the garage. And it wasn’t just stuck in the cage, the darned thing got its head stuck in one of the mesh holes. Luckily, we managed to snip a couple of the wires and it got itself unstuck and we set it back outside. I posted photos to my Facebook page but this is my little illo homage to it.

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Endure #kidlitillustration

When I do these daily pieces, I often don’t have anything in mind when I start. The great thing about making digital art is that it’s easy to erase anything I don’t like, so I approach it with abandon. It’s a freeing feeling. These days I take the oil or watercolor brush and just start making splotches and when it starts to resemble something, I refine it further in that direction. Somehow, this one ended up being an Asian boy, and I drew it partly based on one of hubby’s friends (who did his Ph.D. the same time hubby did, with the same advisor). This guy had a sign above his desk with the word “endure.” I thought it was pretty appropriate for the times, too.

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Run free #illustration

Roam the wild grasslands and feel the wind in your mane (or hair). Happy Friday!

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And if you have time, and like my Audrey drawing, please vote for me! Two more days left.

It’s a jungle out there #kidlitart

I just want to hang out at home on my comfy branch with a couple of my closest friends.

If you’re so inclined, there are 3 more days of voting for Dick Blick Art Materials celebrity-inspired art contest. Mine is at http://bit.ly/2obVItQ . Thank you!

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Exercising the pachyderm #kidlitart

A huge thank-you to everyone who took the time to pop over to Dick Blick Art Materials to vote for my photo! It says you can vote once every 24 hours but I’d never ask people to go to all that trouble. I really prefer contests that asks for one unique vote and that’s it.

I’m typing this as I walk on my treadmill desk, but some people, like this kid, have more fun forms of exercise.

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Rainy days and Mondays… #kidlitart

At what point in our lives do we let rainy days and Mondays get us down?

Completely unrelated, my drawing of Audrey Hepburn is up for voting at Dick Blick Art Materials. If you like it, maybe you can vote for me? Thanks!

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