Can I keep it? #kidlitillustration

This was the art I did for the #NESCBWI17 conference Illustration assignment.

I mounted a photocopy of this on foam board as instructed for displaying there and I had no intention of lugging the copy home with me so I tossed it in the trash when the judging was done. Another attendee walked by and asked if she could take it. Of course I gave it to her. I may not have won the contest but I think mine was the only piece that is now adorning the wall of an elementary school in New England and that is even better, IMO!

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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Et tu-nicate? #kidlitillustration

Son2 and I are currently studying chordates and I am just fascinated by these nonvertebrate (not “invertebrate”) chordates called tunicates. Looks like others are fascinated by it, too…or puzzled by it.

Saturday Night Fever, bear style #kidlitillustration

So many bad song riffs came to mind: “You are my dancing bees, young and sweet…”; “Bear are you going…”; “Take on bees; take bees on…”

But I had to go with the title “Saturday Night Fever, bear style” because if his pose doesn’t make you sing, “A-ah-ah-ah, stealing a hive, stealing a hive” then you must not be a child of the 70s!

Knowing me, knowing you #kidlitillustration

This is a little folk art-ish which is not usually my style but there ya have it. I do like the look on the baby’s face though.

And, yes, I had to invoke ABBA with the title. 😀

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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