Wrapping Up a Project

But how do you know when you are finished with an illustrated project, especially when the deadline is still out there?

Ee-Oh-Lay! What Do Birds Say?

It’s been a couple of years since I worked on illustrations for a picture book, the last one being my first graphic novel for young readers, called Sir Pants-a-Lot and Squire Mousekins: The Girl With the Golden Hair. That book, which took about a gazillion hours to complete, was illustrated by tracing scanned line drawings…

Keeping it real

One of many things I have gleaned from successful writers is to make sure my fictional stories are believable. Experienced sci-fi and fantasy writers are adept at weaving a made-up world and filling it with characters and situations that a reader can believe and invest in. Legal thrillers play out according to real laws with…

Celebrating the pre-birthday of Bug!

My new picture book, Bug, is now available for pre-sales! And it has already been getting some attention. Here’s what I can share so far: Author and blogger Dawn Prochovnic invited me to tell Bug’s Birth Story for her blog. I’m so grateful that Dawn takes the time and energy to promote her fellow authors…

The Storyboard

I like to show kids the many stages of creating a picture book, starting with the storyboard. After I show them the published book, I share the piles of sketches and they paw through and compare them to the final product. I get great comments during that session, like my favorite, “I like the red…