The SCBWI Miami chapter recently held a Writing and Illustration contest for members. The prompt was "Robin's gift was different from all the others."
It took me a while to come up with an idea I liked because the imagery could literally go anywhere. I ultimately decided to put a spin on it by giving "Robin" the Gift of Tears. While at first it might seem like a curse more than a blessing, it is an actual spiritual gift according to Catholics, where one "weeps for the sins of the world". It is in essence, deep empathy for others that proceeds from a softened heart.
So, here is my contest submission! I began with an acrylic underpainting then went on top with oil, and finished with a few digital touches.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
On Saturday, September 13th, I took a trip down to Coral Springs, Florida to celebrate the launch of Kerry O'Malley Cerra's debut middle grade novel, Just a Drop of Water, which I had the great privilege of illustrating the cover. Check out the book trailer:
The launch party was a huge success! Over 300+ people showed up and we signed books nonstop from 3pm to 6pm! Here are a few pics:
This semester's Demo Night at Ringling College of Art & Design was super fun, as always!
I love my faculty trading card, created by illustrator Angela Tsai. Thank you, Angela!!
Check out more of her work here:
For Demo Night I decided to do something crazy and let loose. I rendered a high fantasy concept sketch a did a while ago, using pastel pencils on toned paper. Took about 2.5 hours total.
And here it is!! Looks to me like it would make a pretty sic tattoo.
Friday, June 27, 2014
Hello! It's summertime! Hope you are having a lovely one so far...
Just a quick update here:
Things are much different this time around compared to summers in the past. I usually go home to California, but this time I bought a house in Florida and have decided to stay here to fix it up and teach PreCollege at Ringling (which starts on Monday!)
I've been working on a few freelance projects too, the first being Some Pig in the City, written by Jodi Kendall (which is a serialized project where new chapters and artwork post every two weeks (it should wrap up in August) and an early reader book titled No Cookies For You published by Heinemann Young Readers.
So things are quite busy and exciting! The above illustration is an in-progress sample from the No Cookies book. I've been working digitally for both assignments. For PreCollege, I'll be teaching Illustration and Painting, which will be a nice excuse for me to switch back over the the pen nibs and paintbrushes for a while! I'll post demos if I get a chance.
Thanks for reading!