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 […]
A couple of months ago, the awesome Brooklyn-based children’s band The Pop Ups contacted me, asking me if I wanted to illustrate their jazzy Halloween song Miss Elephant’s Gerald. There would be animals. Playing instruments. Wearing costumes. Oh yes, I was very interested.
Art Director Tova Diamond at Real Simple asked me to create some illustrations for an article about sleep for their 2013 family issue. The article, titled “Creatures of the Night” and written by Naomi Shulman, details different child sleep behaviors and how parents can handle them. Each behavior is represented by a different animal. I knew once I read the copy that I would have fun with it, and I immediately knew what I wanted to draw […]
Sometimes I have to remind myself that I’m an illustrator first, blogger second! And illustrator me has been busy working on a project. Here are some sketches:
While I love the idea of creating a great save-worthy promo piece for myself, sometimes (okay most of the time) I just need something done quickly and cheaply. I’ve been preparing for the upcoming scbwi conference and I need some promo postcards and business cards to present along with my portfolio. I haven’t had much time to spend on them so I got some printed up at vistaprint.com and I’m very pleased by the printing quality.* Liz has […]
So over the next week or so I’m trying to redo my portfolio website which is in grave need of some serious lovin’. Luckily, Robin gave us some great tips in her post about what Art Directors are looking for in a portfolio. I’m weeding through all my images trying to figure out which pieces should make varsity and which ones should be bench warmers. I came across my bears, a series I did for […]
Speaking of working off already-existing texts:
If anyone ever wants to buy me a wonderful and expensive present, I suggest a copy of Thoughts and Aphorisms from the Fruits of Meditation of Kozma Prutkov, a rare pamphlet illustrated by Quentin Blake in 1978. This post is not about the ever-wonderful Mr. Blake, however, but about quotations and maxims. I write my own stories, which is sometimes great (more freedom!) and sometimes burdensome (more freedom!). In the worst cases, fiddling around with […]
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.)
Good thing she has matching purses for both!
Snout to snout!