Holiday Advent Recap

I just thought, how lovely it would be to show my full 24 days of the holiday advent I did with my licensing agent; A Fresh Bunch!? I can’t tell you how often I plan on doing these types of challenges and never make it all the way through (don’t even ask me how I managed to do this during the busiest time of the year). But, I did it and I’m quite proud. I really need to challenge myself more often.

A few things I am slowly learning about while doing daily challenges:

  • Stick with a color palette. This not only helps me to work faster, but it also makes the collection look really nice together.

  • Sketch out multiple ideas for the day. Then you can re-use ideas for the next day. I would spend 20 minutes each morning trying to come up with new ideas and now I have a few pages in my sketchbook to use for future projects.

  • Don’t think too hard. This can be my biggest challenge with most of my work. I find that when I think too hard about something, I can really hinder my creative process. If I just go for it and sketch out anything and everything - I come up with my best ideas.

  • Create your challenge at the same time each day. Find the best time that works for you and stick to it each day. I gave myself an hour each morning to create each of my daily drawings.

  • Follow and comment on others who are doing daily challenges. If I follow other people who are doing daily challenges, I feel more motivated to keep going with my challenge.

What daily challenges are you working on? I’d love to follow!

Illustrating for Picture Books Course

A few years back when I started illustrating children's books, I looked all over the place for a class that would teach me the basics. It was close to impossible at the time, but luckily I stumbled across a picture book illustrator named Susan Hartung and I hired her to mentor me through my first picture book process. Her critiques were probably the hardest I have ever had to deal with, but her butt kicking helped to form the book If I Wrote A Book About You to what it is today. Since then, I have illustrated 2 more picture books as well as 2 activity books. I have learned a few things along the way and would love to share my knowledge with you. 

I teamed up with Sabina of Design Garden to put together a 5-week course on Illustrating Picture Books. Each week we will go over a new topic from Character Development, Book Dummies, Finalizing Art Work for Publication, Creating Book Covers to Self-Publishing and Submitting your work to Publishers and Agents.

By the end of the course you will understand what goes into illustrating a picture book and come out with 3 final portfolio pieces. My favorite part about this class is that Sabina and I will be giving feedback on all of the work you turn in. Each Friday during course you will be able to join in on a live video discussion and critique for the week. 

We have lots of fun templates and worksheets as well as extra video interviews you can unlock by turning in your assignments early. I could not be more excited about this and I would love for you to join me! 

Stop by the class website to see our introductory and curriculum video. If you are interested, class starts on October 16th! You can register here: Picture Book Registration

Really looking forward to meeting everyone in the class and talking about my favorite thing ever!!