Saturday, March 31, 2007

The Project Gutenberg

Wow....this is a real find for artists interested in polishing up their drawing skills. It's a free e-book provided by Project Gutenberg that gives instruction on drawing in general and is written by Harold Speed

Check out our Picture Bookies Showcase

The Picture Bookies Showcase has new picture book art up daily. Take a peek.

Thursday, March 29, 2007

Illustration Friday-I Spy

Here is my Illustration Friday piece for I Spy. I spy hummingbird babies in a nest.

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Two Caravaggio Paintings to be on Display

Two Caravaggio paintings previously stuck in the Royal Collection's dusty storerooms, due to being mislabled as reproductions, have been taken out to be placed on display this week in England. there was a painter....

Sunday, March 25, 2007

Ruth's 2007 NYC SCBWI Sketchbook

Many of you may have seen Ruth's sketches or sketchbooks in the past. Here is her most recent sketchbook from the 2007 SCBWI NYC Conference.

Saturday, March 24, 2007

Chicago Manual of Style-for Writers

The Chicago Manual of Style is a sort of bible of the publishing and research community and is now available on your desktop. It is completely searchable and easy to use, providing quick answers to your style and editing questions. I found it on SWET's site. The Society of Writers, Editors and Translators. I originally found that link through Art For Housewives, which led to another fantastic find of Janet Cooper Designs, whose art is created from found objects. Take a look at her quilts, mixed media creations and tin can art!

Friday, March 23, 2007

Adobe Illustrator CS2 WOW Book

Have you see the Adobe Illustrator CS2 WOW Book ? I borrowed it from the library today, and it looks "wow" enough to invest it. A CD comes with it.

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

The Blurb Publishing option

Have you heard of Blurb? it's another publishing option for self-publishing, or making small runs of personalized books.

Imaginary Friends

I was chasing down a link for the Victoria and Albert Museum, and their artist's blog, when I saw a link from one of the children's museums where kids could post about their imaginary friends. These kids are wonderful...I hope some of them grow up to be writers and let their imaginary friends come to life in books.

Roaring Waves

You can't tell as well from these photos, but the waves are roaring today. There's hardly anyone on the beach. I've got to get close to the waves. There's nothing like the roar of the waves up close.

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Happy First Day of Spring!

For a fun Spring thing...go to Ginger's blog and check out Vern.

More Views from the Beach

What's a stay at the beach without going barefoot...even when it is still a bit cold...
5 seconds later my footprint was washed away....


Monday, March 19, 2007

Great Resource with Children's Illustrators and Authors

I somehow found this list of children's illustrators and writers. There are more great links at the home page.

A Break at the Beach

Words can't say how wonderful it is to be taking a break. This is a view from the doesn't do it justice.

Sunday, March 18, 2007

Illustration Friday-Total

Total absorption in what they're doing. (OK..I'm pushing the theme again)

Check out La Bloga

La Bloga is a collaborative blog devoted to the discussion of Chicana Chicano Literature, Chicana Chicano Writers, Chicana Chicano Fiction, Children's Literature, News, Views, Reviews. I was drawn to it this morning due to the article, Living To Tell the Story: The Authentic Latino Immigrant Experience in Picture Books (Part 1) by René Colato Laínez.
Maybe it also had something to do with the fact that I'm reading Cellophane by Marie Arana, which somehow reminds me of 100 Year of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. I have to admit, I picked the book out in the library due to it's cover, and it has not let me down.

Friday, March 16, 2007

Small and Big....a Blog I like

I found P.L. Frederick's blog, Small and Big from a post she sent me..and have loved it ever since. Her humor and art is great fun. Lots of wit there. I have been enjoying the jokes and her insights on them.

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Picture Bookies New Showcase

The Picture Bookies have a new collaborative showcase for story-book images. The current theme is Spring.

Wednesday, March 14, 2007


Here's a fun one for you to play with. It's called Artnatonmy. Sherry showed it to me.

Monday, March 12, 2007

Recommended Art Books

Here's a cachibachi I found randomly while looking for fairytale illustrations in pen and ink.
It's a list of wonderful books by artists of many types. There are more links at the bottom of the page too.

Comic Space

Comic Space is another online gallery/forum for comic artists, cartoonists, illustrators and any others who fit the bill. The styles range from edgy to more traditional.


Here's a real treasure as far as reference photos (NOT to break ANY copyrights, or use any images for copying purposes!!!) a source for image info when doing research from lands far away..

Friday, March 09, 2007

A Few Good Picture Books

I found an armload of picture books to read and reread. One of my favorites is called Mama, I'll Give You the World by Roni Schotter, illustrated by Susan Saelig Gallagher. Not only is the story heartwarming, charming and well told, but the illustrations are like a trip home...warm and comforting. I tried to find a website for S. Saelig Gallagher, but didn't come up with one. Her illustrations are outstanding.
The other favorite children's book I found was another Marge Palatini book. (her work is always a huge hit. (She writes hilarious pun filled books...just check her website for a taste of her humor). This book is called Moo Who? Illustrated by Keith Graves. Keith's website and art are great fun.

Illustration Friday-Wired

This is pretty offbeat for me, but I wanted to do a quick sketch type of illustration for this Illustration Friday Theme-Wired. This one was fun, and quick. She's celebrating the coming of new things, Spring, following dreams, taking healthy risks, trying new things...

Check out Alisa's blog and Illustrations

Alisa has some funky, fun illustrations..go see...

A Lecture by Charles Hively-Publisher of 3x3 Magazine

An incredible opportunity...I'm definitely going to attend this......
The Illustrators Club presents A LECTURE BY CHARLES HIVELY Publisher of 3x3 Magazine: "ILLUSTRATION IS DEAD!"
If illustration is dead, who killed it? The publisher and design director of 3x3 Magazine takes a historical look back on who killed illustration and how he sees illustration coming back from the dead. 3x3 is the first magazine devoted entirely to the art of contemporary illustration, founded by Charles Hively. Charles sees the work of leading illustrators from all over the world and believes there's a renaissance happening in illustration. Charles owned his own creative agency for 12 years and was the former co-publisher at Graphis magazine.
WHEN: THURSDAY MARCH 29, 2007, 7:00-9:00 PM
WHERE: The Art Institute of Washington Dining Lab (12th Floor) 1820 N. Fort Myer Drive Arlington, VA 22209
METRO: Rosslyn Station (Blue & Orange Lines) Exit at rear of station (up the steps). AIW is across the street. MEET IN THE LOBBY between 6:30 and 7:00pm to be escorted up to the 12th floor (elevator passkey required). PARKING: Free at meters after 6:00pm ADMISSION: $10 IC Members; $15 Non-members

Thursday, March 08, 2007

SCBWI NYC 2007 Conference Scoop

Check out the SCBWI 2007 NYC notes from the Feb. conference.

Graphic Design subscription

Graphic Design Magazine USA offers a free subscription to professionals in the biz.

Illustration Friday-Hide

Here's my Illustration Friday image for the theme HIDE.

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Design Life Now Blog

The Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum has a blog called Design Life Now.

glass eyes

glass eyes
Originally uploaded by altamash.
The photographer who took this photo is amazing. He is from Pakistan.

Spudart - An Online Art Forum

Spudart is another promising looking art forum.

concentric circle

concentric circle
Originally uploaded by Happy.Phantom.
I just love this person's photographs (Happy Phantom). Take a look at some of them. What a wonderful sense of tone, emotion, texture...

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Smitty Drawings

Check out Andy Smith's cartoons and other illustrations

fan and petals

fan and petals
Originally uploaded by alvazora.
Here's another beautiful image created by an artist/photographer on flickr.

Preparing the Lights

Preparing the Lights
Originally uploaded by sistereden2.
Isn't this an incredible photo? I finally figured out how to blog things from flicker and will blog a few others that I saw this morning.

Bill Brown's Amazing Photos

Take a look at Bill Brown's photos. Incredible stuff.

Sunday, March 04, 2007

article on Children's Publishing trends

Here's a short article on some children's publishing trends. Another blog about children's book publishing is Christy's Vox.


Have fun playing with Monoface. I found this through Soaring Tortoise. It's great fun

Saturday, March 03, 2007

Ispotters We Love

Now here's a fun place to's located on bloglines...and is called Ispotters We love, listing the favorite illustrators of Dave Tabler from The I SPot.

Children's Illustration Blog

Julie's blog, Children's Illustrations has loads of info, fun links and posts about the biz of children's illustration.

Friday, March 02, 2007


Drawger, Bob Staake's site, is another good art/illustration site to browse.

Thursday, March 01, 2007

Five and a Half Blog

Here's another fun blog to see....Five and a Half.
look at the art and preparation and presentation of it.

Zen Damage Illustration Blog

Zen Damage has tons of illustration site links.

Sketch Club

Sketch Club is another of my rebloggings, but it's worth another look.