Thursday, August 14, 2014


I have been practicing with my tablet and Photoshop.  I took an online class for Painting in Photoshop and learned a ton.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Illustrator Saturday

I was honored to be interviewed last week by Kathy Temean for her blog "Writing and Illustrating".  A blog for the sharing of information for writing and illustrating for children.
My interview was posted this last Saturday May 10.

Here is the link:

A recent painting I did in Photoshop that was included in my interview.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Rainy day sketches

 I recently did a job with a very quick turn around, there was no time to play around with different scenes, so whatever I thought of first is what I used. This is the scene that was approved.  The illustration needed to show a sad boy that was bored because it was a rainy day, but that his little sister finds the day fun.  After the project was finished I thought about how else this could have been illustrated.  By doing this exercise I hope to get my brain thinking of different approaches to scenes to make them more interesting from the start. 

 I thought I would play with an outside looking in scene.  I like this, it looks cute. I like their faces.  Sister is mimicking her big brother,  she looks like she is enjoying the rainy day.


                    Then I thought maybe an angle would make the illustration look more interesting .

Then I thought to go a little further, use a downward angle and a hint that sis is dancing in the background.  I like this a lot, it has a lot more movement.  Maybe this scene would peek the readers interested.

Friday, February 28, 2014

Photo Shop painting

 Here is my old lady on a scooter in the beginning painting stage.  I scanned her into the computer and started to play with her in photo shop. 

I am almost done with the first layer.  I am painting over everything.  I was able to change a few things that where not quite working,  the wheels of the scooter kind of looked a little crooked.  On the second layer I will put in more detail.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

My New Wacom Tablet Yeah!

This is the first painting that I have finished with my new Wacom tablet.  I really enjoy the freedom that comes with working digitally. How great to just scan in my sketch and then paint away.  I always liked my sketches better, they seemed more fun.  Something always seemed to get lost after I transferred them on to the water color paper.

The boy with the box is a work in progress.  The original sketch looked a little empty, so I added the window in Photoshop.  How great is this, if I decide I don't like the window poof its gone or the color of his socks.  I can get used to this.   I think working digitally will allow me to be more free and creative.  I know I still have a lot to learn, but this is a start.