Monday, December 19, 2011
Here is my little illustration. I thouhgt I bring in the fox as a harbinger of bad things to come. Done with corel painter on a wacom tablet. www.ninafecit.com
Friday, December 16, 2011
"Turkey Lurkey, Chicken Licken and Ducky Daddles", Tomie dePaola Illustrator Award Entry by Lori Taylor
|"so they went along and went along until they met Turkey Lurkey..."|
Illustration by Lori Taylor
I began the layout of this sketch while waiting for breakfast in the Green House Cafe in Traverse City. The cafe (which serves super, amazing breakfasts!) offers brown paper and crayons at each table. Then after you finish your art they hang your masterpiece on the wall.
I scribbled and scrawled and soon had the "bones" of the illustration down. I loved it so much I hated to leave it behind. so we took a photo of the piece for me to bring home and begin the art.
I sat with our flock of chickens and rooster and sketched and snapped photos of them and after they signed a release and I fed them rice, I began the watercolor painting.
As usual--I am in love with the raw energy of my original sketch!
|"Chicken Crayon Scratching"- Green House Cafe, TC - Oct. 21, 2011|
Saturday, November 5, 2011
Thursday, November 3, 2011
Billy is destined to take the throne of Masculonia, a kingdom where being tough and strong is all that matters. Billy just wants to be creative and make art projects but the King and Queen keep him too busy with his manly skills training.
This is a depiction of him during Ogre Conflict Resolution Studies.
Jeff Jantz http://www.descriptiveillustrations.com/folio2.html firstname.lastname@example.org 586-212-6950
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
It's hard to imagine that the Scribblers blog has been around for one year already. We are, at the time of this posting, 27 members strong. One of the big boosts for us was the Fall SCBWI-MI conference on Mackinac Island. This event and the forming of an illustration group in Southeast Michigan has bonded Michiganian scribblers and scrawlers.
To celebrate illustrators this month and to grant the request of fellow Scribblers, our Illustration Nation is going one step farther into drawingdom! The Scribbler blog will host an occasional peer review of artwork. November is Art Critique Month.
Scribblers will post art of their choice to be critiqued by fellow SCBWI members. This includes work near completion and finished. We will be practicing the critique style that Matt Faulkner used in our "boot camp" on the island.
Art posted labeled as: "For Critique by--"
Perhaps add a line or two of manuscript that interprets the piece in the BODY of the post beneath the image and don't forget contact info in the CAPTION area.
1. What works? (A positive note here. What is strong? Composition, color, etc.)
2. What needs work? (A kind and gentle nudge and suggestion on what may make it a better piece.)
Critiques help us to grow and hone our skills. I hope that we get a good response in this month's challenge. Putting unfinished work up for all to see can be like hanging your underwear out on the clothesline for all to see and comment on. (I'm still getting over my granddaughter's comments--but hey, she's six. What does she know? Boxers are comfy.)
So what I'm saying is in bringing about a balance of positive and instructive comments and open mindedness on the part of the recipient it will make this new Scribbler addition successful for all. This is a great way for us Scribblers to get to know each other and make the page interactive, educational and FUN!
Get ready, set--POST!
Deadline: December 31, 2011
(Due to holiday hustle, bustle we are extending the deadline and will resume theme posts in Jan. 2012)
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Sunday, October 16, 2011
Saturday, October 8, 2011
Friday, October 7, 2011
My illustration is based on the same book; however my scene depicts where the hero of the story is trying to inform the police that his gym teacher is really a werewolf.
Saturday, October 1, 2011
Everyone who went to Mackinac Island for the SCBWI Fall Conference is by now rested up and ready to draw. With Halloween just around the corner and the theme to the story that was illustrated in Matt Faulkner's Illustration Nation boot camp that dealt with an elderly neighbor woman alien who baked lemon bars, I find it appropriate and humorous that this month's theme is "PARANORMAL."
Wikipedia defines PARANORMAL as a general term that designates experiences that lie outside "the range of normal experience or scientific explanation... Notable paranormal beliefs include those that pertain to ghosts, extraterrestrial, UFOs and cryptids (Bigfoot type animal creatures not yet verified by science)."
Also, there has been some excited chittering and chattering about an illustrator group starting. Area illustrators will be meeting in a few weeks in the Ann Arbor area at SCBWI illustrator's home. This will be run much like any writer crit group as we are there for support, news, and friendly critiques. All which is vital for growth. Huzzah for Joyce for getting this group going.
Another hearty huzzah goes to the Incomparable Ruth McNally-Barshaw, Awesome Ryan Hipp and Scribbler-Extraordinaire Lori Taylor for the winning entries in the Mackinac Illustration competition. Everyone's work was amazing and OUT OF THIS WORLD! Some stayed up so late that they probably did see Bigfoot or aliens outside their windows. It was a great time that bonded the illustration nation and the writers were in awe of us all. Applause here for all who attended.
PARANORMAL Deadline: Nov. 1
Friday, September 23, 2011
Friday, September 2, 2011
What better way is there to celebrate "school daze" than by going back to "school" at a SCBWI Fall conference?! I know I'll be on Mackinac Island with new pencils, paper, paints and loads of summer idea gathering for Matt Faulkner's Illustration Boot Camp. That's exactly what I need--a swift boot kick--to my illustration career. That, and hanging out with the Illustration Tribe and the Writer Clans. That's as important as the class learning. Some folks call that networking, but I prefer calling it "hanging out" (less formal). Either way you call it, meeting up at "recess" and during lunch takes us all back to those school days. The best part is, we don't get graded--and if spit wads are thrown, it would be considered a mixed media art form!
I hope to see most of you illustrators up there on that mystical, magical island. You never stop learning! So it's back to school! I hear the bell ringing--or boat horn blasting!
See you there!
Deadline: Sept. 30, 2011
Thursday, September 1, 2011
I'm a new author/illustrator in the Michigan branch of the SCBWI tree. Just for fun I quickly put together an illustration for this month's contest to introduce myself:
The interactive version is available here on my website.
I look forward to getting to know more about SCBWI!
Monday, August 22, 2011
My apologies for the lateness of my July post! Unfortunately, July has had me see a great deal of overtime at my job, which means less time for drawing. But here it is...now I can concentrate on an August theme, which will hopefully be posted before mid-September!
As soon as I saw the theme, this is the image that popped into my head for Summertime Blues. I remember eating red, white, and blue Bomb Pops (now called Rocket Pops...a bit more PC), and our tongues would turn blue after eating the blue part. Yum!
Thursday, August 4, 2011
It's that time of year when grasshoppers, ants, katydids and crickets dance their dance or sing their song. Come one, come all to the ugly bug ball. If you are as old as I am, then you may remember Burl Ives' little ditty for the Disney flick, "Summer Magic". That movie inspired me as a child as I watched moth and firefly celebrate the night. So let's grab our tools and head outdoors and capture that last bit of Summer Magic before the September 1 deadline gets here.
Oh, and Scribblers, while you grab your gear and sharpen your pencils, don't forget to sign up for the SCBWI-Mi Illustrator Boot Camp-of-a-lifetime on Mackinac Island with Matt Faulkner. I'll see you there--with pen in hand!
Sunday, July 31, 2011
Blue Octopus by Joyce Masongsong-Ray
I scribbled this at the SCBWI-MI SHINE event in Lansing this month, on the event agenda... but the paper was green. So I blue-ized it on the computer. Magic!
Monday, July 11, 2011
Saturday, July 9, 2011
Monday, July 4, 2011
Just got back from exhibiting at an "up north" art show and celebrating the ol' red, white, and blue's Fourth of July among the Manistee pine forest's azure skies along Lake Michigan's ultramarine waters. Hence, this month's theme--Those Summertime Blues.
Gimme your blues! Your vaca blues, your BBQing blues or your sunburn blues, in your blue-green or violet blue hues. Put on your Scribbler cap, grab a brush and capture those cerulean moments before they fade away. Deadline for this theme is July 31, 2011.
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
For the theme, "Young at Art," I wanted to do a fairytale picture. When I was younger and even now as an adult, I'll take fairytale books out of the library and look over the beautiful pictures and it makes me feel young again. What a better way to spend a long and hot summer day!
Saturday, June 25, 2011
Wednesday, June 1, 2011
Young at ART
Deadline for art: June 30, 2011
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Monday, May 16, 2011
Secret Portrait of Wendy Anderson-Halperin done during
SCBWI-MI CrayonWorkshop by Lori Taylor
Friday, May 6, 2011
Saturday, April 30, 2011
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
The magic words (wich oboviously went wrong) in this particular spread are...
"Roomly slop goop-a-ly slime,
Parsley- sage- rosemary n thyme."
Monday, April 25, 2011
Monday, April 18, 2011
Saturday, April 16, 2011
Monday, April 11, 2011
Drop everything and DRAW! And don't forget to get your GOING GREEN art in before April 30th!
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
Thursday, March 31, 2011
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Friday, March 4, 2011
Tuesday, March 1, 2011
After being inspired by the Nov/Dec 2010 SCBWI Bulletin’s article on The Illustrators’ Perspective, by Anne Sibley O’Brien, Think First, I felt that it would be challenging and fun for us to visually interpret the emotion and energy behind this month’s Scribbler theme:
Drop Everything and DRAW!
Questions or concerns? Contact Lori: email@example.com
Monday, February 28, 2011
Sunday, February 27, 2011
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Monday, February 21, 2011
|drum play at the irish pub|
The Irish band on Wed. nites is worth the drive to hear. No cover charge,
and I always bring my sketchbook. The trick is to draw away while the band
plays. So it is a bit of a art school throw back, got to draw the action, while it
happens. Which is sort of the fun of it. NO pencil under-drawing to work with,
just pen and paper. (oh, and not touched up either, can you tell?!)
Wednesday, February 2, 2011
Tuesday, February 1, 2011
This month's theme is: "It's Black and White". How appropriate, as our Michigan world is about to be covered in a quilt of white snow! For me, this is the perfect time to get out the snowshoes and see the world in "black and white", a time when the trees stand out their starkest.
Get out your india ink or pull out your sketches, grab a mug of hot chocolate and watch the world transform into darks and lights. The deadline for posting art: Feb. 28th.
Word of note: Scribblers now has a link on the KidsBookLink.org home page under, WHAT'S NEW!
Next month: We will have a new challenge akin to one outlined in the Nov./Dec. SCBWI Bulletin from Anne Sibley O'Brien's, Think First article.
Any suggestions, comments or questions please contact me.