Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Keeping Busy

Phew. After several months without any professional projects to keep me busy, I now find myself smack in the middle of two great but very different illustration jobs; one, a retelling of Red Riding Hood, the other an educational project on 13 famous Americans.

Going back and forth between the two is proving not only enjoyable but quite welcome stimulation. I work on one for a bit, then a bit on the other, which is keeping me well-paced and my attention span fully intact. I think it's rather ideal to have at least two projects at any given moment, assuming of course that the deadlines are manageable enough to keep your sanity. It's also great exercise for the brain to go between two types of creative tasks.

For the first time since leaving my job in June, I'm finally feeling purposeful again. Doing work for oneself has its positives, but I personally feel much more fulfilled when working for someone else, knowing the challenges (aka the needs of the assignment) and coming up with the solutions (aka the art) is what makes being an illustrator so fun to me. If I can keep myself going with a few great projects a year, I will be a very happy person indeed.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

KidBook Nook Update

Read my review of The Chiru of High Tibet by Jacqueline Briggs Martin on my kidlit review blog: KidBookNook.com.

An inspiring and beautifully illustrated book about the Tibetan Chiru and their struggle for survival.

Monday, November 8, 2010

KidBook Nook Update

Read my review of Palazzo Inverso by D.B. Johnson on my kidlit review blog: KidBookNook.com

A beautiful, M.C. Escher-inspired picture book with an innovative storytelling twist. Very unique!

Friday, November 5, 2010

KidBook Nook Update

Read my review of The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins on my kidlit review blog: KidBookNook.com

This series has quickly taken its place high atop the list of my favorite young adult books. So well-written and so addictive! Don't miss them.