Archive for October, 2009

SCBWI Spring Conference in South Dakota

October 23, 2009

Once upon a time...

Once upon a time...

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Illustration Friday ~ Fast at the Doodle Diner

October 23, 2009

A fast rise to number one on the charts!thriller_robertabaird

Fall 2009 SCBWI Conference at UND (with a side of turkey)

October 15, 2009

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A few highlights from last weekend:
Shown above left to right: Molly O’ Neill, Laurie Knowlton, Andrew Karre, Janet Spaeth
2009 SCBWI Conference at UND

Laurie Knowlton If ever I met someone who lives in and makes the most of every moment, it is Laurie. She fed our minds and tickled our funny bones with her presentation The Bones of Your Story She taught about story structure and we know she lives by her words…For example, if you give a mouse this author a cookie, she will want to eat it like this:

c is for cookie

c is for cookie...Laurie Knowlton and Yvette LaPierre

Molly O’ Neill
Molly gave a fabulous, well-prepared presentation titled What Makes Editors Fall in Love? She had us at “hello” and brought the message full circle with clarity, heart, wisdom, and perfect examples.

At dinner, she entertained us with a true story about a turkey. Yes, a turkey. Real. Frozen. Ready for adventure, turkey. Those of us privy to this kind of inside information, now know why it is imperative to wrap frozen turkeys thoroughly before transporting them via the NYC subway system.

Andrew Karre
Andrew is a walking source of information. Among other things, he shared with us Ways to Survive the Social Networking without Losing Your Shirt. He is the editorial director at Carolrhoda Books, and is particularly passionate about YA. His wealth of knowledge and wit paired with his ability to prioritize and to know what he likes are a perfect combination.

We look forward to many more exciting books from the hearts and minds of Molly, Andrew, and Laurie!

valgal at the DoodleDiner

October 13, 2009
It's pouring in Cali today!

It's pouring in Cali today!

Hi everyone! I am Valerie Walsh and art has been my job for much of my life. I am happy to be part of this group and I hope we inspire each other.

1.If you could only use one colour to draw or paint with forever and ever, which colour would you use?

Blue
2.What do you most often draw when on the phone?

Guess :)
3.Your studio is…

a solarium. It’s glass and metal. I have another studio that is a traditional room as well. I pour resin and airbrush in the solarium because it has total ventilation and I have a drafting table and do all of my handwork in the other studio.

 4.Other than your personal style what illustration style are you drawn to and would you ever consider trying it?

I would love to employ some digital illustration in my repertoire. My method of painting takes so much time… I love to paint but there are times that I would like to do really quick stuff . 

5.What forms of marketing your work do you employ?

I am fortunate in that my husband John manages certain aspects of my career and that is very helpful and frees me up to just paint. I have been painting for 30+ years and I get a lot of referrals and commissions from past clients.

6.Do you have an agent…if not would you like to work with one?

I have had agents, some good some not so … I do not have one at the moment. There are certain venues that I would like to persue that require an agent so “yes” I would like to have one.
7.What is the first thing you remember drawing?

Very brightly coloured pictures with houses and trees and girls in cute outfits.

8.Do you have a favorite memory from an art class?

My favourite art class memories are from teaching children.

9.When you go to a diner, what food would you be most likely to order?

french fries dipped in blue cheese dressing

10.Is there a certain person from your childhood that especially encouraged you to pursue your love for art?

My Mom always encouraged all my loves of art,dance,theater and singing. She made me feel as though I could do anything, thanks mom!

Valerie Walsh is on the Menu

October 12, 2009

The Doodle Diner would like to welcome Valerie Walsh to the lineup! Val is a wonderful artist who’s love of home, friends and family brings warmth and joy to her many creations. Welcome Valerie! Read more about Val below.
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The art of Valerie Walsh has been presented in galleries and commissioned for over twenty-five years. Her paintings draw the viewer into a world of brilliant color, dancing buildings and starry skies. Val’s work has been reproduced for posters, prints, puzzles, calendars and cards that have been distributed throughout the United States, Europe and Japan. Award winning wine labels grace bottles for Justin Vineyards and custom creations for Microsoft, Fred Segal Fun Style, Habitat for Humanity and the San Diego Chamber Orchestra show her signature style.You can view her range of work at http://www.valeriegallerie.com/?

Mike Baker in da House!

October 6, 2009

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Hi! Thanks for the welcome! I’m really glad to be here.

I’m Mike R. Baker [blog], artist and illustrator, husband and father, and lucky guy to have such great friends like the other artists here. I’m still building my portfolio, my style, and my education, so I’ve only done local work so far in illustration (mostly educational stuff for schools and parks). But I’m up and coming so look out! (No, really, look out, I can be kind of clumsy.)

Teri sent me this questionnaire to introduce me so… here it is.

1.If you could only use one colour to draw or paint with forever and ever, which colour would you use?
Ack! I love color! Just one? Oh, no!!! (sigh) Okay, how about brownish orange?

2.What do you most often draw when on the phone?
People pooping. So funny!!! Yeah, I know, what am I, 4?

3.Your studio is…
Also a lovely dining table! So versatile and inconvenient!

4.Other than your personal style what illustration style are you drawn to and would you ever consider trying it?
Well, first off, my “personal style” is strongly influenced by 50’s cartoons, advertising, and children’s books. I love Mary Blair, Little Golden Books, block prints, design, etc. Other style I’m drawn to? (heh-heh… “drawn”) I really like simple ink line cartooning. I’d like to try that.

5.What forms of marketing your work do you employ?
Teh internets. The series of tubes are my friends. Seriously, I get a lot of connections just by doing a few art memes.

6.Do you have an agent…if not would you like to work with one?
No agent. I’d consider one. I’ve heard good things about going either way. Met some great agents. My friend, Adam Rex, doesn’t use one and does great. I’m still thinking about it.

7.What is the first thing you remember drawing?
A horse’s head. I was so proud. Next I drew a banana guy picking his nose.

8.Do you have a favorite memory from an art class?
I had a drawing battle with a friend in class once – one-up each other with destructive forces. We rolled on the floor we laughed so hard.

9.When you go to a diner, what food would you be most likely to order?
A chili size (that’s toast, topped with a burger patty, smothered in chili, onions and cheese), coffee and a cherry pie.

10.Is there a certain person from your childhood that especially encouraged you to pursue your love for art?
No, not really. But I had a lot of inspiration.

Okay, thanks for reading, see ya later!

A New Doodle Diner on the Menu

October 5, 2009

We’re so excited to add Mike Baker to our Doodle Diner line up.
Mike infuses each of his illustrations with charm, wit and superb technique. It’s clear that his love for children’s illustration comes right from the heart! Welcome Mike!
To learn more about Doodle Diner, Mike Baker read his bio below!

Mike R. Baker has always loved art. His dreams of being a fine artist were put on hold when in the 1980’s he worked as a commercial artist for an advertising company. He lost interest and then worked as an ice cream man, a tool truck driver, Santa Claus (not the real one), a Renaissance Faire bar man, a tie salesman, and a puppeteer. He then got a job making web pages for the California State University. During that time he fell in love with illustration, especially for children. He made the decision to get back into art and started his illustration site and blog at http://www.mikerbaker.com. He’s been very happy ever since.

Mike lives in Long Beach, California with his wife, Kelly, a school teacher, and his daughter Jasmine, another aspiring artist.


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