Thursday, April 30, 2009


I was going through an old sketchbook (from 2005) when I ran across this color sketch I did for Illustration Friday on the theme "Crowded." It was inspired by my son, who actually slept with all of these stuffed animals back then. I remember the turtle's name was Shell. This is one of those memories that plays tricks: when I was living through this phase, I often found it SO annoying to have to round up all of the guys and arrange them just so before my son would consent to sleep. GOD FORBID one of them was missing! But now I think back and go, "Awwww." And when he woke up in the middle of the night with a bad dream, he'd climb out of bad, scoop up the entire entourage, and appear silhouetted in our doorway with his armload of friends, announcing his nightmare. I know, awwww, right?

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

PBAA poster

Here is the promotional poster for the Picture Book Artists Association that is being sent to art directors and editors. I can't tell you how helpful this group has been to me. Members converse through a Listserve, and I've learned SO much, from advice on papers and materials to the lowdown on publishers and much, much more. They're the smartest, funniest, most thoughtful group of virtual friends I've ever virtually met. Check out the PBAA blog for an enlargeable (is that a word?) view of the poster.

Thursday, April 9, 2009


We had our annual egg dying party -- isn't it amazing what can be done with rubber bands, masking tape, wax crayons, and food coloring?!

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

From the Sketchbook

FYI, a read-a-thon is when the kids get to read all day, except for a break for math. Sounds good to me. But after reading all day, Owen came home and watched TV, which was OK, because it made it easier to draw him.

Saturday, April 4, 2009

The Real Thing

My sister, who lives less than a mile from me here in beautiful Arlington Heights, just sent me this photo of a fox family she saw in her neighbor's yard while out walking her dog. Though you can't see them all, my sister says there are six kits. Aren't they adorable? I wonder if this is the same fox we saw trotting down the middle of the street with a rabbit in its mouth this time last year. Who says the suburbs are sterile?

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

"I s-say, what are your intentions?"

This is a scene from "Miss Chicken and the Noisy Nuisance," which I wrote and illustrated, and for which my lovely agent Nicole Tugeau is currently trying to find a publisher. The book dummy I created has one finished piece, and the rest are sketches. Nicole suggested I do some color character pieces and/or finish another illustration to help sell the book, so I painted this yesterday.

By the way, I came up with the idea for this story through an assignment done for Laura Montenegro's "Intuitive Suitcase" class.