Starry-Eyed—The 2017 NESCBWI Conference

Starry-Eyed—The 2017 NESCBWI Conference

I just returned from the 2017 NESCBWI Conference. (NESCBWI = New England Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.) This conference was packed—from very beginning to very end—with activities, sessions, keynote speakers, keynote panels, lunches, breakfasts, open mics, pitch competitions, illustration portfolio exhibits, bookstore shopping, networking opportunities and lots, lots more. (And, that doesn’t even […]

Mashantucket Pequot Educational Powwow

Mashantucket Pequot Educational Powwow

Posted by on Jul 14, 2015 in S'Wanderings, S'Wicked Blog | No Comments

The S’Wicked Blog’s been pretty darned quiet, lately, due to all sorts of interesting developments over the past several months, some of which I hope will lead to big news to share here, in the future. In the meantime, though, I had to share some of the images I came away with from the fantastic […]

MATS – Week 2 – A Suzani of Dishes

MATS – Week 2 – A Suzani of Dishes

Posted by on Nov 2, 2014 in Holiday, S'Wicked Blog | No Comments

On to week two of Lilla Rogers’ MATS course. This week’s industry: home decor. And, the theme inspiration? Suzanis—traditional textile designs of Uzbekistan. (“suzan” means “needle” in Persian.) Our job this week was to take inspiration from traditional suzanis and apply them to plates. The stunning, intensely-embroidered and highly-decorative works of art provide tons of […]

MATS – Week 1 – Getting to the Root of the Platter

MATS – Week 1 – Getting to the Root of the Platter

Posted by on Oct 26, 2014 in Illustration, S'Wicked Blog | One Comment

Yeah, I know, really bad headline this week, but I couldn’t resist, given this week’s Make Art That Sells theme of root vegetables and casseroles. And, yes, I also know that a platter is not a casserole, but, eh—close enough. (Be easy on me: I’m starting to see patterns in my sleep. No, seriously. I […]

BIG. News. Followed by Even. BIGGER. News.

BIG. News. Followed by Even. BIGGER. News.

I’ve been waiting excitedly for the time when I could share some BIG. News. And, now that time has come! Announcing…my second book, The Mitten. It’s a fresh take on the wonderful old Ukrainian folktale and, like Barnacle Carnival, is published by Jumping Jack Press. This time around, though, there’s a different illustrator on the […]

A Little Bit of This and MATS

A Little Bit of This and MATS

Posted by on Oct 21, 2014 in Illustration, S'Wicked Blog | No Comments

I could have slept a little later, yesterday, but I was too excited. Because, yesterday, I started on another new learning adventure—Lilla Rogers’ Make Art That Sells class (a.k.a. MATS). For those of you unfamiliar with Lilla Rogers and her courses, Lilla is a rock-star art licensing guru. (Yes, she is both a rock star […]

More Patterny-Pattern Fun

More Patterny-Pattern Fun

Posted by on Oct 1, 2014 in Christmas, S'Wicked Blog, Wrapping | No Comments

I’m in between the wonderful MIID Summer School program, and the upcoming MATS course I’ll be taking from Lilla Rogers. But, I don’t want the learnin’-good-stuff momentum to stop, so I’ve been taking Bonnie Christine’s excellent CreativeLive course, Design Surface Patterns from Scratch. (If you’re interested in surface pattern design, I recommend this course without […]

Back to School – Part 9 – Intricate Chaos

Back to School – Part 9 – Intricate Chaos

Posted by on Sep 4, 2014 in Illustration, S'Wicked Blog | No Comments

I fought with MIID Summer School’s final Advanced Track brief. Despite the clutter-bomb look of my office, I am not a big fan of chaos. So, this brief, which called for bringing many disparate elements together in one “Intricate Chaos” pattern forced me to go through a number of pattern iterations, trying to get to […]

Back to School – Part 8 – Feathers

Back to School – Part 8 – Feathers

Posted by on Sep 3, 2014 in Illustration, S'Wicked Blog | No Comments

“Feathers” is the last MIID Summer School Intermediate brief theme. What fun to sort through all kinds of fantastic feather images, and compile them in a Pinterest board. After collecting my visual inspiration, I went to the drawing board (literally), and sketched first in basic ink-on-paper, and then with some color incorporated. (My husband dubbed […]

Back to School – Part 7 – Jewels

Back to School – Part 7 – Jewels

Posted by on Aug 28, 2014 in Illustration, S'Wicked Blog | No Comments

For those of you following along with my journey through the MIID Summer School, you can view galleries of everyone’s work for all three “round 2” briefs, here. Now, on to the third and final round of briefs, starting with the Beginner Track’s theme of “Jewels.” I started off, as usual, by creating a Pinterest […]