picture books

Trade shows and book fairs

Hello everyone, it’s been a while since my last blog post. Since the beginning of the year I’ve been busy with lots of exciting new projects that I can’t wait to share with the world. Lately, I’ve been more active on both my Instagram and Twitter, so if you want to see sneak peeks, you can follow me there.

Since joining Bright last year, I’ve been more than grateful to my agents – from lovely words of encouragement and positive feedback to new work opportunities, the journey so far has been very rewarding and I’ve learnt so much already that I can’t wait to see what the future will bring.

The first quarter of 2017 is going to be very busy with trade shows. Last month, under the art licensing category, Bright showcased our work at the Spring Fair and next on the calendar are these two book fairs. If you’re interested in seeing my portfolio, be sure to get in touch with one of the agents and book your meeting.

London Book Fair (14th – 16th March 2017)
Bologna Children’s Book Fair (3rd – 6th April 2017)

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November Roundup

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A little roundup of bits and bobs I’ve been up to recently:

– after signing up with my Agency, I’ve been working on some really fun book projects that I can’t wait to share with you. One of them is Christmas themed and I’m currently working on the finals – candy canes, snow, decorations, treats for Santa and a big chunky turkey are all in it!

– I’ve been enjoying illustrating and creating different children’s characters wearing some funky and fun outfits and I’m really happy with all the lovely comments I’ve been getting on them. If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram you’ve probably seen some of them. My sketchbook is full of them lining up to get colored so, expect more in the future.

– some new birthday card designs are coming soon and I also have NEW work available for licensing.

Happy Friday, everyone!

Book Wishlist | September 2016

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I decided to start a new series where I share my current wishlist on books. I enjoy reading a lot! I consider myself a bibliophile and somewhat, don’t tell anyone, a book hoarder. I’ll be sharing a little bit of everything, from picturebooks to fiction and carreer handbooks.

My So-Called Freelance Life : How to Survive and Thrive as a Creative Professional for Hire
Author: Michelle Goodman
My So-Called Freelance Life is a how-to guidebook for women who want to avoid the daily grind and turn their freelance dreams into reality. Michelle Goodman, author of The Anti 9-to-5 Guide and self-proclaimed former “wage slave,” offers tips, advice, how-to’s, and everything else a woman needs to pursue a freelance career.

Children’s Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook 2017
NEW articles for the 2017 edition included on: – Wanting to be a writer by Simon Mason – Finding new readers and markets by Tom Palmer – News and trends in children’s publishing 2015-16 by Caroline Horn – Series fiction: writing as a part of a team by Lucy Courtenay – Creating a children’s comic by Tom Fickling. The essential guide for any writer for children.

A Beautiful Mess Photo Idea Book : 95 Inspiring Ideas for Photographing Your Friends, Your World, and Yourself
Author: Elsie Larson, Emma Chapman from A Beautiful Mess (by far my favorite lifestyle blog)
Elsie Larson and Emma Chapman, creators of the mega-popular DIY style blog A Beautiful Mess, are in love with photographing everyday life. Here, they share that love with 95 all-new tips and photo challenges that will inspire you to style and snap better photos and then transform them into simple yet stunning projects and gifts.

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Illustrating Picture Books e-course review

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Hello everyone!
Today I’m going to talk a little bit about the 5 week e-course I took on ‘Illustrating Children’s Picture Books‘. The course was taught by Sabina Radeva and Denise Holmes and it was the first run of this class at Design Garden.

For those of you who don’t know, I have a background in both communication and graphic design and back when I was studying, I had an entire semester where I was able to attend a class where they covered subjects like illustration, pagination and book design. From there, I’ve continued to learn through online courses, books and the rest came from experience, so when I found out about this course I thought that it would be a good way to refresh the basics and maybe learn something new. I’ve read such great reviews from other Design Garden classes that I knew this would not disappoint – and I was right!

Here’s a little description of the course:
“Have you always dreamed of illustrating Children’s Picture Books? Join Denise and Sabina as we share our experiences and techniques and learn how to develop creative original images for picture books.”

During the course, each week we had video lessons to go through, with step by step technical tutorials, information about a specific topic, mini practice exercises and lots of visual inspiration, so at the end of the lesson, we would be able to complete the main assignment (and if we were able to submit it in time, it would be reviewed during the live sessions).

WEEK 1 – Character development
After picking our story we started to get to know the main characters by doing research and sketching out ideas (they gave us one commissioned from an author, but we could choose to work with a different one. I remained with the one given to us). Below is the moodboard I put together for my characters and story, as well as, some sketches and character development.

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Spooky Pumpkin!

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When I was a kid, I used to tag along with a few neighbors and we would dress up as witches and diy some pumpkins with two bowls, lots of duck tape and orange crepe paper and we would knock on doors singing Halloween songs in hope to receive a candy or two. A trip to the Dentist was always scheduled two weeks after (who knows why, right?).

This year I’m spending Halloween night baking pumpkin muffins (can’t wait to try out this recipe), eating spinach and ricotta lasagna for dinner and watching scary movies (although I’m still not sure what to watch). Any suggestions?

Although I started this illustration in the beginning of October, I wasn’t able to finish it in time for Halloween, so here’s a wip of how it’s progressing.

Currently I’m taking this course (that I’m loving – I’ve already learned so much and we are only on lesson 2) and I’m also working on a book project that it’s supposed to be finished by December 1st – yikes! Two months is a bit of a tight schedule to work on a book, but I know I can do it! I’ll share more about it once the book is finished.

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I’m also putting together a super awesome freebie that I’ll be sending out with my November newsletter. If you love Christmas like me, you like to organize stuff and you can’t live without a planner, then this freebie will be for you! If you’re not yet subscribed to my newsletter, you can do it here and be sure to follow me on Instagram – I’ll be posting sneak peeks through out the month of November!

Happy Halloween, everyone!