"Thank you for all the organising you do for Scooby. I know i'm late for the Ning mob, but computer ran out of power and dinner guests arrived mid ninging! But it was just a great idea, and Scooby is so important I still wanted to say…"
So far, I have illustrated 2 picture story books and one workbook for children - The Tortoise Who Bragged, Clever Calculator Cat, and Clever Calculations and Other Cool Creatures (Stokes Publishing Inc.) and contributed artwork for the anthology, Lines in the Sand (Frances Lincoln, UK). When I realized that earning a living as a fine artist was tricky after getting a fine art degree in the 70's, I worked as a editorial designer, art director, and freelance illustrator for many years. During this time, I never gave up working as a painter and several of my watercolour paintings won awards in various juried exhibitions in Southern California. In collaboration with an art museum and a local art organization, I organized and helped hang juried exhibitions at both the local and international level. Since moving to the U.K. in 2000, I have earned a BA Honours degree in Children's Publishing and an MA in Children’s Illustration from the North Wales School of Art and Design. When I'm not teaching illustration, digital art and animation at Amersham and Wycombe College and Buckinghamshire New University, I'm busy keeping up with volunteering as the Regional Illustrator Coordinator position for SCBWI and writing and illustrating. Life drawing is one of my passions, so whenever I can I spend time drawing at the Princes Drawing School in London.
What are you working on at the moment?
Two projects that I am both writing and illustrating are keeping me busy right now. The first one is a picture book on 'El Dia de los Muertos', that is 'the day of the dead', for those who don't speak Spanish. My love of the Mission district in San Francisco and many of the Latino events, food and traditions that I miss are the main influences for this book.
The second project is called, 'Isabella and the Púca'. I am currently rewriting and working out the right media for the artwork.
What is the most important thing you learned about writing or illustrating this year?
Look at what other great illustrators do, then put it away and focus on what you can do. (Thanks Chris) I've also found that having the understanding within yourself to grow and develop as a writer and an artist has to be completely aside the hopeful outcome of being published one day, or again. It has to be something you would be doing regardless because you love it.
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Thank you for all the organising you do for Scooby. I know i'm late for the Ning mob, but computer ran out of power and dinner guests arrived mid ninging! But it was just a great idea, and Scooby is so important I still wanted to say thanks!!
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