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News & Reflections

A place to find out what I am up to and what I am thinking about

Cayuga Island Kids

These have been a crazy couple of months haven't they? I was lucky enough that the last two months of pandemic and quarantine also coincided with work on the wonderful Cayuga Island Kids written by Judy Bradbury and published by City of Light, a publisher from...

Free Printable activities

Now that many schools throughout the world have closed and so many kids are stuck at home with not much to do, I think it is a great chance to enjoy some creative fun activities at home. Unfortunately it isn't always easy to come up with original activities, but years...

A Cat Adventure

Today I would like to talk about three pieces in my portfolio that I like to call " A Cat's Adventure" and that are amongst my all time favorites. I created these pieces for the SCBWI Narrative Award (which I did not win). I remember the theme had something to do with...

About Portfolio Reviews

 Besides the reviews I had from teachers in college, I had three different Portfolio Reviews and I thought I would talk about the experience here. My first Review was at my first SCBWI conference in 2018 and it was with Art Director. Since this was my first experience...

New Portfolio Image: Ocean Friends Festival

New Portfolio Image: Ocean Friends Festival

I just finished adding a new piece to my portfolio and wanted to share with you how this piece came to be. It actually comes from a different approach than what I usually take. I was watching "Le Notti Bianche (White Nights)" a 1957 black and white movie by Luchino...

Sending Illustrator Postcards

Sending Illustrator Postcards

I have been very busy! I got these beautiful Promo Postcards printed through MOO.com and since they were having a sale I got a lot more than I usually get. Usually I print 100 but this time, since it was so cheap, I got 250. It was a good motivation for me to collect...

New Promotional Postcard Design

New Promotional Postcard Design

While I can't say for sure whether they work or not yet, I have been taught and told over and over not only by college teacher but also by much wiser and more experienced illustrators fellow SCBWI member that the postcard is still regarded as the main way for an...

Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland

Today I want to talk about a project that, although I have worked on it over a year ago, is still very dear to me and it is actually one of my all time favorite pieces: Alice in Wonderland. 

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