Thursday, May 8, 2014

The Roaring Twenties

Wow! Again I can't believe so much time has gone by since my last post! I just finished working on my latest book for Nomad Press, The Roaring Twenties. Just like the decade - it was a whirlwind!

This book was really interesting.  The Inquire and Investigate series is for older kids, so the subject matter can be a little more sophisticated in content. Not only does this book cover the surface information about the twenties including music, art and fashion, but it goes into women's issues, race issues, prohibition, etc.  It ends with the lead up to the depression and World War Two. I love that the author didn't sugar coat the era, but really covered the good and the bad, as any period of history has.

As far as the work goes, since this book was more of a graphic novel/comic format my work was only done in black and white line. This was a challenge since I could only rely upon the line work and not value patterns for my compositions.

The work - life balance is always a challenge for me these days, especially now that my wee baby is a walking, talking, (sometimes running) toddler! Now at 17 months Emily is pretty much running the show around here.  It's an adventure every day....

As always, I need to give a special shout out to all the support I receive from family (especially Gram & Pop pop), friends, and sitters. I especially need to give credit to my extremely supportive husband, who was not only my primary sitter, but my go to model for almost all of the male characters in this book.  I couldn't have done any of it without him.

So here's a little preview of The Roaring Twenties.... Enjoy!

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Time Flies!

Wow! I can't believe it's been so long since my last post! I guess that's what happens when your cuddly baby turns into a walking, babbling, adventurous toddler!

The Three R's
 I am just turning in the last few illustrations for Explore Natural Resources! This book was a lot of fun. I love illustrating animals and this was a great opportunity to really develop a few characters that I enjoyed. Here are a few samples from the last chapters of the book.

Conserving Natural Resources

Exciting Energy

Child labor using candlelight in mines

Solar Farm

I am also very happy to announce that I have been asked to illustrate another title in a different series with Nomad Press meant for young teens (ages 12-15) called Inquire and Investigate. This series is done in a graphic novel/comic book style and is about The Roaring Twenties.  This is one of my favorite periods dating back to my costume design days and I'm excited to be working on it!

Emmy's One Year Birthday Party

As far as my life as a WAHM - Work at Home Mom - it has been quite a challenge since my little angel turned ONE!  She is now walking and even with a limited vocabulary, she has many opinions.  Gone are the days of hanging out in her play yard due to her higher activity level and more intense curiosity, but this is what Grandparents are for! (Special shout out to Gram and Pop pop for all their help these days... and Daddy, too!)

Hold all my calls! I have a very important conference call with Elmo.
But on the flip side I am enjoying seeing her blossom into a little person...

Enjoying Children's Books as much as Mommy! 

Here we are at 15 months and we may have a mini artist on our hands!