All posts filed under: Process

Best Erasers Ever!

Process / Self-Promotion / Tools of the Trade

Above: My two new favorite erasers: dust-gathering (red), light-erasing (blue). I was recently ordering some of my favorite nibs. As every online retailer knows, I’m going to fill my cart to get the free shipping. So I still had a ways to go and noodled around the website thinking of all the future art supplies I could possibly need. The “dust-gathering” listing intrigued me so I clicked on this Pentel Ain eraser. Somehow, my scans are […]

A Pen & Oink interview with the great Sara Varon!

Interviews / Process / Tools of the Trade

Above: Endpapers from Sweaterweather Author/illustrator Sara Varon is one of my all time favorites! From her color palette and quiet humor, her touching characters and story lines, her books welcome us into her world which is a pretty great place to be. I’m so happy she agreed to be my first face-to-face interview. One chilly night we met for snacks in Brooklyn. Here is what we talked about:

A List of Ideas for Self-Initiated Illustration Pieces

Creativity / Inspiration / Process / Show and Tell

Above: A new piece for my portfolio, based on feedback from SCBWI-LA. ©Robin Rosenthal For the past few months I’ve been working on new pieces for my portfolio based on the amazing feedback I received at the 2014 SCBWI LA Summer Conference. (I was one of six illustrators who received the SCBWI Mentorship Award, and I got to meet individually with six mentors who each gave me guidance on my work. It. Was. Awesome. Read more […]

“If you are drawing characters really swing your cat.” Highlights From the 2014 SCBWI Winter Conference

Events / Inspiration / Process

I am still riding an inspired high from last weekend’s SCBWI Winter Conference. I’ve been to the conference four times now and the Illustrators’ Intensive Day is always the highlight for me. Art Director Cecilia Yung’s interview of Tomie dePaola was fantastic. They structured the talk around a comparison of Tomie’s book illustrations and his costume and set design work. Tomie and Cecilia drew insightful parallels between the stage and the picture book spread and picture […]

Behind the Scenes: Ol’ Mama Squirrel by David Ezra Stein

Interviews / Process

Above: David’s final “tater tot” mama squirrel character from Ol’ Mama Squirrel. (Inspired by The Scream) David Ezra Stein spoke about overcoming creative blocks at the scbwi winter conference this past January and his talk was one of my favorites. During his presentation, he told us the story behind his latest picture book Ol’ Mama Squirrel. David completed all the final artwork, delivered it to Penguin, and then decided it wasn’t right and asked if he could […]

Studio Visit with Jessie Hartland: Meteorites, Museums, and Stolen Masterpieces

Interviews / Process / Studio Visit

I’ve known and loved Jessie Hartland’s work ever since I worked with her on assignments for Martha Stewart Kids magazine. She was one of our go-to illustrators because she always nailed it. Jessie is the author and illustrator of several fantastic non-fiction picture books. She has also illustrated travelogues for Travel & Leisure Family magazine, designed window displays for Barneys and Bloomingdales, and created illustrations for Fishs Eddy dishes and Swatch watches. Today we bring you an […]

In which Sergio Ruzzier shares the making of Bear and Bee

Featured Books / Guest Post / News / Process

We’re always happy to share good news from our stubbled Italian fairy godfather, Sergio Ruzzier. He’s with us now to talk about the creation of his new book, Bear and Bee, which comes out today. And with that, we hand over the conch shell. Take it away, Sergio! When my daughter Viola was in, I believe, third grade, I was asked by her school, P.S. 295 in Brooklyn, to come up with a bee character […]

When Ruthie Tries a Pen & Oink Tutorial, the Raccoons Take Over.

Process / Tutorials

From time to time I’m going to try out Liz’s and Robin’s tutorials, especially since I have no known skills to do my own tutorial, unless it’s called: “How to Doodle on a Piece of Paper”. For today’s post I’m going to try and tackle Liz’s very ambitious color separation tutorial (she also explains the technique more in general here). It scares me the most! It is so far from how I would ever approach […]

New Year, New Pigs

Process / Show and Tell

Happy New Year everyone! We’ve got lots of great interviews, process posts, books, and more to share with you in the coming months. In the meantime, I wanted to share with you the pigs I created to accompany our logo. For more about how I designed our current logo, check out this post.  (And check out Liz’s pigs and Ruthie’s pigs 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5.)