I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving-- where applicable :) Earlier this month, I was asked to be a guest blogger on Tara Lazar's blog for Picture Book Idea Month,which is quite an honor (to see the illustrious company I shared, check out the list below)!
Guest bloggers were tasked with inspiring people who signed up for PiBoIdMo. PiBoIdMo is a month long (November) challenge for participants to come up with 30 picture book ideas--ideally, one for every day of the month. It's been a fun month reading the blog posts, and all the comments. Looks like the "pep talks" worked!
So scroll on down (the list is alphabetical, and most have links) and give a click. They are all wonderfully inspiring and I hope, at the very least, you will read mine :)
Be sure and leave a comment--both here and there :) :) Thanks!
As we draw closer to Henny's release, the book buzz is starting to happen!
So far Henny has been referred to as--- cute, creepy, adorable, unconventional, humorous,
weird (in a good way), and precious. . .
but best of all:
Henny has been selected by the American Booksellers Association as a "Kids' Indie Next List" pick!
This means a bookseller nominated Henny, then ABA members voted and selected it as a recommended book for booksellers across the country to put in their stores.
How cool is THAT??!!
...and remember: HENNY is available just about anywhere, but if you would like a signed copy, order through Secret Garden Books (in the comments section at checkout say you would like it signed).
Oh, and if you're in Seattle, please come to Henny's launch party at the Secret Garden Bookstore on January 7th at 7p.m. Bwwaaak!
I've had my nose to the promotional grindstone, so to speak, as time gets closer and closer to HENNY's release, and I apologize again for still being so woefully behind in all things bloggie--mine, yours, and everyone elses!
Lately, I've been doing battle with new business cards and promotional cards. The process always starts out with a certain excitement, then transcends to angst over size, paper, cost, design, etc. -- then bounces back to excitement once they're finished.
I had three sets of cards made: one sporting the cover and a spread from HENNY-- same image that's in the SCBWI Illustrator Exhibit (postcard size), and the other heralding the launch date for the book (business card size). Then I had a set of five alternating layouts made up for my business cards. SO glad they're done! What do you think?
Here's what Ms. Bird wrote about the bird in question ;) --
"HENNY by Elizabeth Rose Stanton . . . because sometimes you gotta love the weird. Weird is easy to write but hard to do well. This book is about a chicken with human arms. To those of you who are instantly interested, this one’s for you. It is done exceedingly well."
This hopefully bodes well for the future of our fine feathered-and-armed (in a good way) friend! Be sure to click the Fuse #8 link to see some of the other really fun-looking 2014 books Betsy highlighted :)
I've been a bad blogger lately--both as a post-er and reader-comment-er. I don't know why I always have this idea that summer will be "time off," only to have it be packed with tons of activities NOT related to vacation! My biggest challenge lately has been dealing with my dear old, OLD, dog. We just pulled him through a medical crisis. I thought for sure it was the end, but the old guy rallied! Finger's crossed for some more quality time for him!
Meanwhile . . .
here are a couple more "daily" (well, almost) sketches from my Facebook page. Doing these little ditties has been fun, and done when I really SHOULD have been doing something else.
It's obvious I've had the dog on my mind ;)
So, dear blog friends, I hope to get caught up soon. Have a great rest-of-the-summer!
Did up these little sketches today while thinking about this this week's Illustration Friday topic -- "Robots."
I realized that almost everything I am drawn to draw leans more toward the "organic," so taking on some mechanically-inclined things was fun challenge. I may just depart from birds, pigs, and monsters for a bit and pursue some more of these little robotic beings. My interest is piqued!
Oh-- and the pig? He's just there to keep me grounded ;)
I have a little challenge going with another illustrator friend of mine. We try to post, daily if possible, a sketch on to Facebook. It keeps us coming up with new characters and ideas. It's pretty fun, but it IS challenging to come up with something post-able every day. I can't say I've made it every day, but -- almost. Here are a few "recents." Do you have a favorite?
All illustrations are in watercolor and pencil on cold press watercolor paper.
I was in New York a few weeks ago, and had a wonderfully productive meeting with my agent. The upshot is that I have been peddling-to-the-metal the last few weeks to get a manuscript finished, along with some drawings.
I made the deadline, and now it is in the hands of the fates :) We shall see.
Here's a glimpse of the little guy I have been working on:
Getting a jump on Illustration Friday this week. The topic is "Sweet." I drew this yesterday for my daily (well, maybe not daily . . . but I try) sketch for Facebook. I think this little guy might just fit the bill :)