Sunday, August 30, 2009

Back from Corpus

Storm clouds 2
Kapok tree 2
Wooden bird
Corpus Christi bay
Just a little inspiration from a weekend visit to family in Corpus Christi: storm clouds on I-37, kapok tree, backyard decor, and the Corpus Christi Bay

Friday, August 28, 2009

Inspiring illustrators

Woke up to temperatures below 70 degrees for the first time in months, and it was wonderful. I know we've got at least another month of afternoons in the 90's, but I can sense the cool at the end of the tunnel.

I'm in the middle of a website overhaul, which will hopefully be done beginning of next week; but I thought I'd share some of my favorite illustrators that I've discovered or remembered in my looking back through my bookmarks to see how everyone presents themselves.
Yanni Kim: this one's new to me, but I love her drawing style and use of mixed media
Carson Ellis: a favorite of mine for years, and I'm happy to see her big web update (lots of good, new stuff and a clean look)
Chun Eunsil: this illustrator's children's book art is amazing and there's so much of it; beautiful watercolor and detail and whimsy
Taeeun Yoo: her woodcuts tell stories so perfectly

Wednesday, August 19, 2009


Or what I might find if I left my dog outside while grabbing a coffee shop latte...

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Back from LA

(Ennis-Brown House by Frank Lloyd Wright, mural on a Silver Lake art center near Wright's Hollyhock House)

Got back a few days ago from the SCBWI Conference in Los Angeles. The keynote speakers were pretty amazing: Sherman Alexie and Dan Yaccarino were a couple of my favorites. Great workshops given by David Weisner, Susan Sherman of Charlesbridge, and Elizabeth Parisi (overall message: practice your drawing, study the masters: fine artists and illustrators, do your research, and produce the best work possible). Plenty of socializing with inspiring illustrators. Not to mention a couple of extra days exploring in LA...and a brand new pack of double-sided colored pencils from an adorable shop in Venice Beach. What more does a gal need to get in the creative groove?