Thursday, July 31, 2008

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Last week I read Peter Pan as part of Jacqui Robbin's Remedial English Lit Summer Project. We're reading 15 classics in 15 weeks. I had never read Peter Pan, so I figured this was a good time. Here's my cocky, young Peter.

I drew the kids in my sketchbook as quick pencil sketches, then scanned them, resized them in Photoshop, added the background, and shaded them using Photoshop brushes. So this is mostly a digital illustration. I plan on using it in my chapter book/middle grade illustration portfolio.

Kristi Valiant

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

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This is a section of the second page of my second book for Ideals Publishing. I have 2 pages done and the rest are in the works.
It will be a musical board book of a famous Spider.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

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Illustrated by Christine Mix

The Challenge

Portfolio Piece/Character Study 2007
Pen & Ink/Photoshop
Lisa J. Michaels
After pointing out that my characters were always pretty, a fellow illustrator in my crit group challenged me to create a "less than perfect" subject. She reminded me that not everyone should always be perfect in Picture Books! Since I realized how right she was, I've had much more fun! It really loosened me up and gave me a new perspective. This is one of my favorite characters!

Friday, July 25, 2008

Moon, Mountain and the Wind

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So Lifeway has finally gone public with their 2009 theme for VBS and I can finally start showing what I've been working on for the past several months. This is the cover for the three year olds book and the theme is.... drum roll please.... Vacation Bible School Down Under

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

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Illustrated by Christine Mix
"Fairy Soup" Spot Illustration from
"Write Out of the Oven" Teacher Ideas Press 2005

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©Kathleen Rietz
This is a sample sketch I made for a Goldilocks counting pop-up book.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Aritst Choice - Paws Claws Hands and Feet

Click on illustration to see larger view
Double Page Spread from Paws, Claws, Hands and Feet
Published by Sylvan Dell
Illustrated by Sherry Rogers

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Thursday, July 17, 2008

"NYC Real & Imagined"

Illustration by Anni Matsick

My entry in ICON5 NYC tribute show, sketchbook style showing the accoutrements of an illustrator's day in The City starting with coffee and street map, with notes listing itinerary on a pad from Picturebook picked up at a SCBWI conference.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

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Illustrated by Christine Mix
Pencil sketch from the pb dummy of
Spike and the Wee Sea Folk by Christine Mix 2007/08

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Anette Heiberg

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Thursday, July 10, 2008

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Line drawing from book entitled: Figures of Speech, by R. E. Myers

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Hello all, I've been a member of this blog for some time now but never actually managed to post anything to it (sorry!). So here's my first attempt:

These are some sketches and a coloured piece for a new book. These won't appear in the finished product, I'm just trying out characters and techniques. Drawings are in biro, coloured piece is all digital.

If you want to see more of my stuff follow the links below (if my website doesn't work, try again later, it's hosted on .Mac which is becoming MobileMe this week and keeps on not working)....

My website
My blog

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

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from Oh My! Ginny Fry! First Grade Trouble
by Gina Shaw, Scholastic Book Club, fall 2008
Patrice Barton~ pencil led

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A couple fun summery sketches from my sketchbook. When I create new characters like these, I try to show a distinct personality in each one through the pose of the body, facial expression, hairstyles, clothing choices, eyebrows, the amount of body movement, and so on. There are so many wonderful ways to give your characters life and personality.

Kristi Valiant

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

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©Kathleen Rietz

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Claire Louise Milne

This is a rabbit character I've been working on...


This illustration is a double page spread from a book I just finished illustrating, AFRICAN BEDTIME RHYMES, by Brettell Hone of South Africa.
©Ginger Nielson 2008

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Monday, July 7, 2008