I’ve been so busy with life that I almost forgot to post about the best part of my “busy”ness. I’m going to be illustrating my first picture book! I am so thrilled to be illustrating a book called “Thread of Love” written by mother and son authors Surishtha and Kabir Sehgal. The story is so sweet and I love that it is a reworking of such a classic song. I can’t wait until I can share more.
Whoops! I’m a little late posting this (again!) but I haven’t missed a day yet. Whew. We are a quarter of the way in and I am definitely feeling the challenge fatigue (so much so that I switched up my “style” midweek) but I’m still plugging along and feeling (relatively) good about my chances to make it to day 100!
Another week in the bag for my 100 day challenge. Here’s what came out of my head last week!
I’m a tad bit late posting last week’s characters but I am still going strong 14 (well 16) days in.
Here’s what characters 8-14 looked like:
7 days down, 93 to go. So far so good. Here are 1-7!
Last year I tried (and failed) to create a tiny collage for 100 days during #the100dayproject. This year I’m back to it with something a bit less of a stretch for me. Quirky characters. After stalling out around day 50 last year I realized I needed a project I really liked. Something that wasn’t going to take too much of my limited time and something that I knew with absolute certainty I could do for 100 days. So characters it is.
I have only one restriction, it must be two colors. Although even that is a little loose since I subscribe to the screenprinter’s idea of two colors which means “overprinting” to create a third color is totally allowed. I’m calling my project #100daysoftwocolorcharacters.
Other than that I have set no restrictions. I have no particular color palette, no size requirements, no media requirements. I’m keeping it loose. My only goal is to actually make it through ALL 100 days. Can I do it? I hope so.
I’ll be posting weekly updates here or if you’d rather follow along daily you can head over to my Instagram, Twitter or Facebook where I will be spamming people daily with weird two color characters with oddly alliterated descriptions.
When I was little my favorite book was Sylvester and the Magic Pebble. I loved that story so much I wrote and illustrated my own starring a horse instead of a donkey and an amulet instead of a pebble. “Commanche and the Magic Amulet” it was called. I’m pretty sure my mom still has it somewhere.
As you might imagine from the title it was a complete rip off of Sylvester, but it was the first step on a long and winding journey back to creating children’s books.
Today, my journey has taken a mighty big step forward. I’ve signed on with Andrea Morrison at Writers House to represent me for children’s book work. I still have a lot of work to do but having Andrea in my corner cheering me on is pretty fantastic. I’m super excited to be working with her.
Julia Rothman and Wendy MacNaughton launched the best website a few weeks ago, Women Who Draw. It is, as you might imagine, a directory of women who draw. It crashed on the day it first launched because over 1200 people submitted their work – way more than they had initially anticipated. They took down sign ups for awhile to figure out how to make things work better but they are back up now (I submitted today!).
The popularity of the site is a testament to how many amazing women illustrators there are out there – something you wouldn’t necessarily know if you actually look at the names of the majority of illustrators being published.
What an amazing resource – both for people looking to hire women to illustrate and for those of us who just want to bask in the brilliance of a whole bunch of talented ladies. Super psyched that they built this.