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January Pieces ~

Monday, February 18th, 2013

ART ~ My year started out with a few unexpected commissions.  The first was for The Progressive for an article on School Reform.

Flunking School Reform

Flunking School Reform

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And the magazine tear-sheet ~

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I was thrilled starting out the year with the piece in The Progressive, but then I received an email from one of my favorites, Extra! Magazine to do their Fear and Favor issue.  This year’s topic was the buying force behind the media.  Here is the piece with text:

Extra! Magazine February Cover

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

& without:

Extra! Magazine February Cover

Extra! Magazine February Cover

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WORDS ~ I had an exciting start to the year with my writing as well.  I had a full manuscript request from a top notch agency!  I should get word in the next week or so on if it’s a yay, or a nay.  I’m hoping it’s the former.

I’m also knee deep in edits of a middle grade novel about what happened to the children the Pied Piper led away, and have begun outlining another new story that I hope to start in the next few weeks.  2013 has been productive the first six weeks.  I plan to keep the momentum moving forward.

~ Believe.

It’s Been a Busy 2012 ~ PART 2

Monday, May 7th, 2012

 

April, 2012 ~ Interior Piece on Internet Child Predators for Seven Days

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

& last but not least, I handed in another final today, though I will not be at liberty to disclose anything further until my next post 🙂  I am also happy to report that within a few hours of handing that piece in, I landed another gig with Extra!

WORDS ~ Lavender’s Blue edits are still underway.  In the meantime, I’m about 4 chapters in my new middle grade novel THE RAT CHILDREN.  Here are some chapter heading illustrations for Lavender’s Blue:

 

That’s all I have to report for now.  I hope to keep the space between this post and the next to a minimum.  Don’t forget to follow me on FB & Twitter!!!  Until next time . . . ~

Happy 2012!!!

Monday, January 2nd, 2012

So I slacked on my blog posts a bit at the end of 2011.  I really have no excuse, (though I was dragging by the end of the year for sure!)  To make amends, one of my 2012 resolutions was to at least attempt a monthly blog post.  As of today, I am going strong for the year!  Haha!!!

I finished up 2011 with a few more commissions.  One of my favorites, if not the favorite piece I did this past year is the “Media Monopoly Octopus” for the October issue of Extra! Magazine.  Sometimes, a piece really comes together from conception through the final product and this illustration was one of them.

I must have been on a role, because right after this, came another 2011 favorite, this time a piece commissioned for MovieMaker Magazine.  This was the second piece from them this year, and like usual, the theme was a blast and so much fun to work on.  This commission was to accompany an article called, “Look Good in Your Shorts.”

I was thrilled to do a six piece series for Philadelphia Weekly’s Better Than Best issue, though the three day turn around nearly broke me.

I finished out the year with another cover from Extra! on Steve Jobs.

In between creating these pieces, I was also diligently working on Lavender’s Blue chapter revisions under the direction of my agent, Erin Harris.  Erin is helping tweak and mold my novel so that it reaches its fullest potential, and I am grateful for the tremendous amount of time and effort she’s poured into it since May.

The New Year is already starting off at a breakneck pace.  While I wait to receive my next set of revision notes from Erin, Iv’e already begun the February Cover Art for Extra!  (If I stick to my resolution, it will be unveiled in next month’s posting.)  I’m also working on a proposal for what could potentially be my largest illustration job to date.  So, fingers crossed I have good news to announce next month.  I’ll keep you posted.

Best wishes for a healthy & prosperous New Year!!!!

Productive Snow Day

Monday, March 7th, 2011

An unexpected snow day gave me the opportunity to catch up on all things art and word related.

After spending the last three weeks on agent research, I’ve begun submitting to my list.  This past of being a writer can be crushing and it’s sometimes hard to keep a hopeful outlook in check.  Whether it’s writer’s groups criticisms or five minute rejections, I constantly need to remind myself that it’s part of the game.  And if I want to be a player, I have to take the shots just like everyone else.

So with a plastered smile and gritted teeth I press ‘send’ and hope for the best.

It’s been a quiet start to my year with anything art related.  I’ve begun work on a “Spring Thaw” related piece to use as a mailer ad try to garner up some work.  Today was spent pulling reference and tossing ideas around on the best way to approach this piece.  I’m looking forward to seeing it completed.

I also spent today touching up my B/W Lavender’s Blue chapter heading illustrations which seem to be stuck on Chapter 3.

So with lots still to accomplish and dinner to make, I bid you a happy, snowy afternoon.  Enjoy ~

Back to the Grind ~

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

I feel excited.  Something’s brewing.  I can’t really explain it other than it’s a pleasant sort of tickle deep in the gut.

I began querying agents for Lavender’s Blue yesterday which might be the reason or maybe the tranquil snowy evening just beyond my window.  Whatever the cause, my creative juices sprung a leak.  Now I wait.  Fingers crossed, that now’s my time.  I’ve put in my dues, worked hard, sweated (and later carved out,) many words.  I know the rejections are coming, they’re part of the game, so I’m braced for them but I’m going to pretend they’re not.  At least for now.

So on this beautiful white washed night, I will remain in bliss.  Content and hopeful, that 2011 is the one I’ve waited for.

Good night ~

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