New Baby (Elephant!), New Book

 It’s a week for book releases here on Picture Book Builders! Tammi Sauer’s MARY HAD A LITTLE GLAM came into the world on August 2nd (congrats, Tammi!), and a new book with my illustrations was also released on the same day. Woohoo!  THIS IS OUR BABY, BORN TODAY, written by Varsha Bajaj and …

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Reporting From The Picture Book Bunker

I’m currently in the chilly mid-west, in the midst of the last week on a final artwork deadline, creating illustrations for a picture book by Caroline McAlister, JOHN RONALD’S DRAGONS: STORY OF J.R.R. TOLKIEN (MacMillan, Feb 2017). The last stretch of work on picture book artwork especially feels a lot like being in a bunker; social …

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“Visual Inspiration”, or “My Life as a Potential Hoarder”

The first step when beginning a picture book project is to go shopping. I have only recently acknowledged this because I seem to be amassing quite a collection of, “stuff”, all in the name of my “craft”. I don’t recall learning this step in art school, so I began paying attention, noticing, contemplating this …

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