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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Back to School – Part 6 – Tribal Collage

Back to School – Part 6 – Tribal Collage

Posted by on Aug 22, 2014 in Illustration, S'Wicked Blog | No Comments

And…on to the MIID Summer School Advanced Track, Brief 2: Tribal Collage. Of all the Brief 2 tracks, this was my favorite. It didn’t specify any particular tribe or tribes to draw from, so I went back in time, back to one of my ancestral lands—Scotland—and drew my inspiration from the Picts. The Picts were […]

Back to School – Part 5 – Animal Prints

Back to School – Part 5 – Animal Prints

Posted by on Aug 20, 2014 in Illustration, S'Wicked Blog | No Comments

The second brief for the Intermediate Track of MIID’s Summer School program again fell within the overarching Confluence theme. This time, however, the sub-theme was animal prints. Like the second Beginner’s brief, this theme wasn’t one that had me jumping up and down with excitement. I’ve never been a huge fan of animal prints, except […]

Back to School – Part 4 – Tribal Shapes

Back to School – Part 4 – Tribal Shapes

Last week brought three new MIID Summer School briefs. I’ll be honest; I was considerably less-enthused about these, than I was about the first briefs for each track. (Speaking of those first briefs, you can peruse everyone’s posted results for round one in all three tracks, here.) This week, the over-arching theme that encompasses all […]

Back to School – Part 3 – Water Rays

Back to School – Part 3 – Water Rays

Posted by on Aug 7, 2014 in Illustration, S'Wicked Blog | 2 Comments

I had all these dreams and visions of sharing my inspired! creative! approach to Brief 1 for the Advanced Track of MIID Summer School. I played with all sorts of materials: watercolors, gouache—even torn up pantyhose. But with limited success with all three, and a looming deadline, I ended up at the computer, and, I […]