Monday, September 26, 2011

SCBWI workshop with Matt Faulkner

Just got back from a great weekend on Mackinac Island for an intense workshop that served as my introduction to the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. There were maybe 90 attendees at this Michigan chapter event, with a small percentage of those being illustrators. Matt Faulkner, children's book author and illustrator was our fearless leader. Matt did a very clear job of explaining the process of producing a series of images for a typical children's picture book PLUS he explained and demoed his method of warm/cool painting. Awesome weekend!
Below is the painting produced for the exercise, my first time using watercolor in 25 years!
The short story was about a little boy who's convinced his piano teacher is from another planet. She's just too NICE. He makes a case to his parents and the police; all the phenomena he observed were explained away and his theory was disproved. But in the end, we find out that Mrs. Bailey really IS an alien. In fact, she is in cahoots with the police chief, who is also an alien.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Last Hurrah

I'm savoring the memories of this past summer before heading into a major commission deadline crunch. These sketches are from a trip to the North Channel in August. Peaceful, relatively unspoiled and incredibly beautiful, the landscape is glacially carved and covered with pines, maples, birches and...wild blueberries! Lovely. Plus we passed right by a mother black bear and her two cubs, swimming across probably a 5-mile wide channel!

Sunday, September 4, 2011

And then there was Bali

Beautiful, spiritual, incredibly crowded. The people of Bali were the highlight. There really must be something to the Hindu culture that dominates the country. 93% of Balinese people follow Hinduism. The downside is their population explosion and with it all the traffic plus the inadequate sanitation and sewage treatment. Construction everywhere.

Fire Dance, Uluwatu Temple

Nasty monkeys, Uluwatu Temple

Rice Farmer, Seminyak

507 steps down the gorge to the most beautiful white water rafting trip imaginable.

Small village on bike trip. The decorative hangings are call Penjors and celebrate the Balinese festival of Galungan, "when the Dharma is winning".

Mini musicians, Galungan Festival

Early morning, Bali

Friend, Seminyak

Trip Continued..

Sunset, Uluru (Ayers Rock)

Grasshoppers (Katydids?)

Kata Tjuta

Sunrise on the perimeter, Uluru
Just savoring the summer. A few more pictures of the Australia/Bali trip.