Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Illustration Friday | Packed

Are you sure there isn't room for just one more?

Tem certeza que não tem lugar para mais umzinho?

Monday, September 29, 2008

"I love you all year round" Book Celebration

The very talented Alicia Padrón sponsored this wonderful celebration for her recent published book, "I love you all year round."  In order to participate you had to send her a note,  a photograph, or an illustration answering the question: Who or what do you love all year round? A winner would be randomly selected to win a signed copy of her beautiful pop-up book.

I couldn't resist and entered with this illustration, showing something I love to do all year around: hugging my dog!  And guess what? I was selected as the winner (you just have to see how it was done!)

Anyway, I can't wait to get my signed copy! And by they way, have you hugged your pet lately? :-)

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Illustration Friday | Clique

I don't know what to say, except that I've never liked cliques...

Não sei o que dizer, a não ser que eu nunca gostei de "panelinhas"...

Spotlight on Books and Illustrators

I just got back from Salt Lake City where I attended ALA's Association for Library Service to Children 2008 National Institute.  One of the highlights for me was the opportunity to meet and hear author/illustrator Laura Vaccaro Seeger speak about her books and her creative process.  She is a delightful speaker and a truly talented picture book writer and illustrator. Her newest book, "One boy" just got published this month.  

I am particularly fond of her "Dog and Bear" books and we got a treat during her talk: a preview of the third title in the series to be published sometime next year. She brought slides of her dummy book and it was wonderful to be there for the sneak peek.  Be sure to check out her books!

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Cat sketch with ink and watercolor | Illustration Friday | Island

So, here it is, in color with just ink and watercolor. Not quite as loose as I had hoped for, but I think this is good for a quick, simple illustration. And I guess this is kind of my style, a little loose but not so much...

(I haven't been able to participate in Illustration Friday lately -- work and travel. But I did this small painting as an exercise, and Stacey gave me the idea of using it for this week's theme of IF. I was thinking quite literally in terms of "island", but she's right! What a great idea! This does work, doesn't it? This little one has found a little comfy island to take a nice nap.)

Então aqui está o desenho colorido, com naquim e aquarela. Não saiu tão solto como eu esperava, mas para uma ilustração rápida e simples acho que ficou bom. E acho também que este é o meu estilo, um pouco solto, mas não tanto...

(Não tem sido possivel participar do Illustration Friday ultimamente -- trabalho e viagem. Mas eu fiz essa pinturinha como exercicio e a Stacey me deu a ideia de usá-la para o tema desta semana. Eu estava pensando em "ilha" literalmente, mas ela tem razão! Que grande idéia! Funciona, não? Este gatinho encontrou uma ilhazinha confortável para tirar uma soneca.)

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Cat sketch | Desenho de um gato

I've been trying to get a bit looser with my drawing... It works when I'm just sketching, without worrying about the end result. This relaxed cat, lying on a blanket, was on the window of the adoption center closer to where I live. I sketched him/her really fast and now I plan to get it done in ink mostly and just a bit color, very loosely... We'll see if I can get it right! :-)

Tenho tentado me soltar mais no meu desenho. Eu consigo quando estou só rabiscando, sem me preocupar com o resultado final. Este gato/a relaxando num cobertor estava na janela do centro de adoção de animais perto de onde moro. Desenhei ele/ela bem rápido e agora meu plano é refaze-lo com nanquim e só um pouco de cor, bem solto... Vamos ver se acerto! :-)