Seven years ago, I had a kernel of an idea, but no ending. Two years ago, I figured out the perfect resolution, but didn't know what format to tell the story in. I tried writing it as a novel, but 80k words in, I realized with so many words, I was telling a completely different story. I had always wanted to tell the story in illustrations, but feared the subject matter wasn't right for the picture book market. So I didn't do anything with it–until January, 2014. When the Bologna Silent Book Contest rules were posted, I looked at their guidelines–14, 19 or 25 spreads were acceptable. Since there was nothing to lose, I planned out the story for 50 wordless pages, or 25 spreads. Now that I have my 50 pages, I am so happy with it. I know it needs editing and clarification, and the page count could go up or down. But I am grateful that this story found it's way onto paper, at last. (Left: An illustration from the story, "Renato And The Lion.")
Exciting news! I won the Grand Prize of $1000 and a critique with one of the judges for the Atlantic Avenue BID Children's Literature Contest. What a great experience to read my story to an audience at Table 87 on December 21, 2013. I am so thankful to Josef Szende and the Atlantic Avenue BID.
SCBWI Metro New York chose my logo (below) as one of two runners-up in the fall of 2013. It was a lot of fun to make this image before my family and I moved from NYC to New Jersey. I still pop into the city for the SCBWI Metro NYC Lectures though–the valuable information and networking opportunities are worth the travel time!
I am thrilled to be the new co-president of CBIG, the Children’s Book Illustrators Group! Our 2014 line-up consists of some terrific editors, art directors and agents.
"CBIG, the Children’s Book Illustrators Group, is a New York City-based group of members are illustrators and author-illustrators who create high-quality work for children’s publishing and media. Anyone with a demonstrated interest in children’s book illustration may become a member, whether published or not."–www.cbig-nyc.com
My weekly entries for "Illustration Friday" are archived on this blog. Includes unfinished sketches – some imagination required.
This blog contains my thoughts about the writing and illustrating process.