NESCBWI Conference!

This is the weekend of the annual NESCBWI Conference in Springfield, MA. It’s always a fun time and such a treat to hang out with other people who love books for children. It’s a bonus to get to see people I know from the internet in person for the first time.

I’m extra excited about it this year because I get to teach two workshops! I’m really looking forward to sharing what I’ve learned with other illustrators. One workshop is on the iPad App, Procreate. I’ll ¬†go over all the basics and show some work by myself and others that was done entirely on the iPad. The other is about showing motion and emotion in your work. In that class I’ll be showing some wonderful examples from the past and some fairly recent illustrations that I love. We’ll talk about how to give your characters these qualities and try some sketching as well.

I’ve been working very hard to create new work to show in my portfolio and am eager for folks to see it. I hope they enjoy looking at it as much as I did making it! I’m ready to work as hard as anyone can on whatever project comes up next. Bring it on!

 

2018 is off to a good start!

2018 started out with a delightful retreat at Kindling Words East. A great chance to get inspired, energized and hang out with a great group of wonderful illustrators.

I also recently became the New England Representative for the Graphic Artists Guild. That’s been a great way to learn more about the Guild and connect with other graphic artists in the area. I’ll also be able to attend events like HOW, MICE and ComicCon and spread the word about the Guild!

I’ve recently finished a batch of illustrations for an anthology of poems that The Writers’ Loft in Sherborn is publishing this year. Next on my calendar is giving a workshop on using Procreate on the iPad Pro at The Writer’s Loft and then the NESCBWI Conference at the end of April. Such an exciting time.

I’ve been working on all sorts of new images for promotional cards and portfolio work in order to reach out for new work. Here are a few of them.