Phew! It’s a new year, a fresh start, a new beginning, and a time when many artists set new goals. My first goal is to finish the illustrations for my latest illustrated book by March….and I am only on the 5th of double-page 13 spreads. Normally, illustrators of children’s books are given about a year to complete a book project…but I was given 5 months. Honestly, I could not say “no” to the project because I really believe in the story and felt the book had Divinely landed smack-dab in the middle of my drawing table. I’ve learned not to say “no” in circumstances which are Divinely appointed! So right now I am working day and night on “Champ’s Story: Dogs Get Cancer Too!” for Sylvan Dell Publishing (written by Sherry North). I love this story! It has a happy ending, and I think it will help lots of kids who are diagnosed with cancer or have a friend or pet who is receiving treatment.
If you need inspiration and a few good tips on becoming a better illustrator in 2010, read my article titled “Your New Year’s Resolution: Become a Better Illustrator” in Illustrator Tips column in this latest issue of The Prairie Wind, the e-newsletter for the SCBWI-IL. Lots of good tips in there, plus samples from my latest book “Little Black Ant on Park Street” (written by Janet Halfmann for Soundprints Publishing).