Pineapple Juice: A Shortstory

A few posts ago, I mentioned that I was brainstorming for new story ideas. One of them was the word "pineapple juice". I just liked the sound of it and thought it would make a great title. So, a few weeks later, this is what came out of it: A…

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Milestone: A full Dummy Book!

"Somehow something is Missing!": I have been working on this children's book project for 3 months. And in the last 3 days, I was working almost all day on the last illustrations. The result: a book you can look at from start to finish. It's what you call a "dummy…

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Illustration Progress: Racing!

I've been occupied with classes for the past few weeks. But today I got to make some progress on my children's book "Somehow Something is Missing!". This is the rough sketch of panel 4. I wish you all a great day and a fresh start for this week!

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When you can’t help but laugh…

I have been taking a course in counselor's training as part of my studies in theology. The journey is rewarding, but requires lots of emotional energy and is potentially nerve-wracking. The sessions can get intense and stir up deep emotions. And in between sessions you have time to process all…

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Illustrations: a Zoo and a Racecar!

I finally got finished with the 3rd illustration panel for my book "Somehow Something is Missing!". This was some experimentation as far as textures go, but I can say that I am happy with this image for now.And I started work on the 4th panel. This is the layout drawing.…

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Illustrations Work in Progress

Here's a new illustration in the making. It's past the sketching stage and I'm just starting to fill in color. Some of the underlying layouts are also still visible. I am having some challenges with the textures. But I have some beautiful, fun, cheerful picture books at hand to look…

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Illustration, Take 5

I am working on my picture book "Somehow Something is Missing!". Part of the challenge is to find a consistent style that works with the characters and story. I have done several attempts. I think this is version 5 at this point. But I am starting to like the direction…

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It’s more fun to share!

I have been working on my books. Experimenting with colored pencils and different collage styles. Feeling encouraged one moment, then feeling incompetent the next. Because I can see my progress, but also just how much I still can't do. It can discourage you. It discouraged me. But then, after a…

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2018 Recap and Goals for 2019!

Christmas is over, and 2018 is almost over. And as I look back, I can summarize the past year with one word: thankful. I am really thankful for the things that happened in 2018. Why? Here are the top 10 reasons: March: Class trip to BelgiumFebruary-May: Illustration CommissionApril: first official…

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