Monday, December 19, 2011

Tomie dePaola award - Nina Goebel

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.

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 was excited to illustrate this excerpt of the story of Chicken Licken. It was a favorite story of mine as a child and it still tickles me today.

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

The Laundry Monster -Kathryn Mays

 The Laundry Monster. This little boy has an unusual friend that he plays with using his imagination. The first sentence says:" I have a friend who likes to eat socks." But he also knows the secret of the laundry he takes...
He tries to scare his friends by making sock snakes! His mom does not like the laundry monster and is always trying to get rid of it.When she finally succeeds you'll have to see what happens.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Prince Billy of Masculonia


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  586-212-6950

For critique

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Happy Birthday Scribblers! Art Critique Month

Hello Scribblers!

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.

Critique's Response:
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!
Lori Taylor

Deadline: December 31, 2011
(Due to holiday hustle, bustle we are extending the deadline and will resume theme posts in Jan. 2012)

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Paranormal - Nancy Walker

Another illustration from Matt Faulkner's workshop. This one would be the last picture in the book:
"Lemon bar before you go?" Miss Bailey asked, and a third eye appeared from within the wrinkled skin of her forehead.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Frank David Obelnicki

Illustration Nation competition piece.

You can check out more of my stuff at

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Paranormal by Jeff Jantz

This is the scene I chose for the assignment at Matt’s workshop. I had a great time on Mackinaw and can’t wait to get together with all of you again soon.


Friday, October 7, 2011

Paranormal! By: Dana Atnip

I decided to follow Lori's example of posting the art that I created for Matt Faulkner's Illustration Nation workshop at the SCBWI's 2011 fall conference on Mackinac Island!
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.

It was amazing to get a chance to work with such a talented group of artists! I'm looking forward to our first Illustrator Group gathering at Joyce's house! See you all soon!

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Paranormal! by Lori Taylor

"Mrs. Bailey is an alien!" by Lori Taylor
Mackinac Island 9-22-11
SCBWI-MI Fall Conference

New October Theme: Paranormal!

Hi all,

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 t
hat 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.

Happy Sketching,
Lori Taylor

PARANORMAL Deadline: Nov. 1

Friday, September 23, 2011

School Dazed: How I Spent My Vacation

Hi everyone~
This is a photo I took on a visit to the island, I thought you might enjoy it as you get back to the daily grind post-conference.

My Tall Tale Factory

Friday, September 2, 2011

September Theme: SCHOOL DAZED!

Wow, Scribblers! Where has the time flown? It seems like just yesterday we were entertaining spring thoughts and planning our summer and now our projects have all drawn to yet another close. Well, at least my projects have. Whether it's art projects or garden projects, tis the season for "harvest" and "back-to-school".

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!
Lori Taylor

Deadline:  Sept. 30, 2011

Thursday, September 1, 2011

A "Touch of Summer Magic (Sleeping Bear)" - Heather Harris-Brady

Hi everyone,

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

Summertime Blues (a wee bit late) by Dana Atnip

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 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!

Dana Atnip

summer magic--Beth Rayner

Breezy Beach
Hi all! First post, thanks to Lori.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

August Theme: Summer Magic

Hey Scribblers:

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!

Happy Scribbling!
Lori Taylor

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Summertime Blues by: Joyce Masongsong-Ray

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

Summertime Blues by Lori Taylor

"Ripples" by Lori Taylor

Those summertime blues--blue water, darners and herons, oh my!

Saturday, July 9, 2011

blue days of summer - Lori McElrath-Eslick

you can see it...the spots of blue underpainting especially around the edges.
happy plein aire painting, y-all!

Monday, July 4, 2011

July's Theme: "Those Summertime Blues"

Hi Scribblers!

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.

Stay cool!
Lori Taylor

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Young at ART! by Holly McDuff

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!


Wednesday, June 1, 2011

June's Theme: "Young at ART!"

Remember those lazy, hazy summer days? Remember rushing to the mailbox for that Summer Weekly Reader? OK, so maybe that fond memory is aging me. But do you remember curling up in the shade with icy lemonade and a good book (especially one with fabulous illustrations). I’m sure it is something that most of us did as kids during summer vacation. Put on your Scribbling hat and think about what keeps you “young at art”, then go do it and then draw it.

Also, as a fun FYI, you may want to consider taking part in World Drawing Day on June 4, 2011. This world-wide event of artists dropping everything to draw day is hoping to have one million participants. For more info on this event check out the site:

Keep Scribbling,

Lori Taylor

Young at ART
Deadline for art:  June 30, 2011

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Love Is In the Air! - Nancy Walker

What could illustrate love more than a baby? This baby is my new grandson, Jack, napping in the jacket I knit for him.

Nancy Ellen Walker
Traverse City, MI

Monday, May 16, 2011

"Love is in the Air" - by Lael Borduin

"Everyone Looooves Ice Cream!"  by Lael Borduin.  ( 
"Lael's Creative Corner" on Facebook &

LOVE is in the Air! by Lori Taylor

Secret Portrait of Wendy Anderson-Halperin done during
SCBWI-MI CrayonWorkshop by Lori Taylor

HIPPY CHICKS! Scribbler Sketches at the SCBWI-MI
2011 Spring Conference
by Lori Taylor

Friday, May 6, 2011

love - Lori McElrath-Eslick

I love to sketch when out to eat ... the visuals were so compelling.

Saturday, April 30, 2011

May's Theme: LOVE is in the AIR!

Ah, Scribblers. May--a time when the scent of blossoms,  fresh cut grass and LOVE is in the air! It can be the LOVE of art, books, children, pets…or illustration. And to add to this month’s theme there is a special new groovy CHALLENGE!!!

To celebrate our S.C.B.W.I. Spring CRAFTfest in Ann Arbor, all Scribblers attending the conference are invited to participate in a Special Scribbler Sketchcrawl---Here is what you do.

Whilst attending the conference, SKETCH a moving moment, a silly scene, or a sparkling speaker--any scribbling thought or idea will do. Then post it along with your MAY artful contribution. Share your art and show the world how much you loved the conference and especially how much you LOVE being an illustrator!

To see some examples of "sketchcrawl" art, check out the S.C.B.W.I. British Isle’s Sketchcrawl:

Lori Taylor

 Deadline:  May 31

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Going green!!!- Jeff Jantz

 This one is form a book I 'm "currently seeking publishing options for!" called "Magic Words" I tought it fit this months theme.

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

go green

New Mexico Laundromat

 for sale to benefit the Muskegon Museum of ART
in an benefit called "Fresh ART Live" on 4/29/2011 @ 7pm

Going Green by Nina Goebel

Hello, I am new to this blog. I did this recently for an art show. Thought it fits the theme... I am looking forward to see more of everybody's work!

Monday, April 18, 2011

go green

by Lori McElrath-Eslick
plein aire of our dog, surrounded by what he loves to sleep on,
the green grass of our backyard.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Going GREEN! by Lori Taylor

"HOLLY WILD" by Lori Taylor
Whether during green skies or among green ferns--Get UP, Get OUT, EXPLORE and GO GREEN!

Monday, April 11, 2011


If you’re like me, I am super-GEEKED about the upcoming SCBWI-MI Spring Conference held in A2 (Ann Arbor for you out-of-townies). And I am especially excited and GEEKED to the max over Wendy Halperin’s Illustrator workshop.

So excited, that I ran out and bought my pack of 96 Crayolas and another bundle of 24 Twistables today to prep for this color wheel-of-a-deal illustrator workshop. Come color with me--with us.

Why am I so excited about Wendy’s workshop and to meet Wendy? Last fall, I wanted to attend her workshop at the UM Bio Station in Pellston, MI for the 22nd annual Michigan Alliance for Environmental and Outdoor Education Conference. (As some of you may know I do nature/wildlife art and illustration and I was supposed to be there to receive an MAEOE award but opted to attend the SCBWI-MI Fall Conference instead—which I’m glad I did—because I hooked up with a great critique group and the honor of meeting awesome people and starting the SCRIBBLERS.)

Wendy was presenting a two-day workshop that had educators focusing on outdoor observations to monitor environmental changes. She taught teachers to teach students to use drawing as a way to deliver information and learn about the environment.

HURRAY for you Wendy! Now more than ever, we artists, writers and illustrators are being called to educate our young stewards of tomorrow. What better way to teach that than through art? So for no other reason, sign up to meet a HERO and become a real HERO to kids too!

So sign up quick, like an eastern cottontail bunny, for Wendy’s workshop. I‘m always looking for new mediums to play with and use with kids. AND SCRIBBLERS, THIS is the one!

Wendy Anderson Halperin (illustration)
Wendy will pass on her love of the crayon as a wonderful medium for sketching book dummies or finished art. She will participate and demonstrate her technique with conference participants. There will be work on human and animal anatomy, the sketching process and pencil techniques. Attendees will need to bring their favorite pencils, erasers, and a box of 64, 98, or 120 crayons.  Workshop requires an additional $3 fee for materials that Wendy will share during the workshop.
Participant maximum:  35

For more info on Wendy Anderson Halperin check out her site:

Drop everything and DRAW! And don't forget to get your GOING GREEN art in before April 30th!

Lori Taylor

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Going Green! by Dana Atnip

In the spring, I always look forward to the all birds reappearing after their winter hiatus in warmer climates...although Quacker Parrots aren't native to Michigan, lol. Happy Spring everyone!

Thursday, March 31, 2011

April's theme is "Going GREEN!"

Greetings Scribblers!

Whether it’s spring green, eco-green, or green with envy. GO GREEN!
This month Scribblers will scramble for a fresh interpretation of this colorful statement. I for one will be eager to break into the green crayons I got for Wendy Halperins’s illustration workshop at the Spring CRAFTfest Conference in Ann Arbor next month.

The possibilities and the names of greens are endless, so DROP EVERYTHING and DRAW!

Happy Scribbling,
Lori Taylor

April Theme:

Going Green

Deadline for art:  Apr. 30, 2011

Friday, March 4, 2011

my son as he fishes, unleashed

I painted all plein aire, but added my son to this work recently.
When he is unleashed, he loves to fish, and go fishing with friends.
by Lori McElrath-Eslick

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

March: Quick Draw Art Challenge! Visual Storytelling

SCBWI Scribblers, are you ready?

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: 

Whether it’s the wild winds of March, a moment in the life of a two-year-old, or a scampering, scalliwag of a puppy, GO Scribblers and UNLEASH your creativity. Let your pen or pencil do the talking.

Drop Everything and DRAW!
Lori Taylor

Questions or concerns? Contact Lori:  
Deadline for art:  Mar. 31

Monday, February 28, 2011

Predator Disguise

A local squirrel, holding his ears flat to disguise himself as an open empty chestnut bur, totally fails, and the chestnuts safely scurry off...

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

A Color Picture of a Panda :D

Aren't I soooo funny, lol!
For this month's "Black and White" theme, I couldn't think of anything more black and white than a panda!

Dana Atnip
Royal Oak, MI
website soon to come!

Monday, February 21, 2011

Black and White work

drum play at the irish pub
This is a sketch 'Irish drum player' I did at the Michigan Irish Pub in Conklin Michigan.
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?!)

Lori McElrath-Eslick

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

It's Black and White by Lori Taylor

"Into the Popple-Pine Forest!" by Lori Taylor    

Black and White- By Emily Wilson

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Tuesday, February 1, 2011

It's Black and White

Hello Scribblers!

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 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.

Happy Scribbling,
Lori Taylor

Monday, January 31, 2011

home sweet home - byLori McElrath-Eslick

"visitor to the Groundhog apartment" fromfall conference art for the workshop with Patrick Collinsby Lori McElrath-Eslick,

Friday, January 14, 2011

There's No Place Like (Our Michigan) Home! by Lori Taylor

Sleeping Bear:  The Legend by Lori Taylor              Copyright 2007