Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Kwanza

Madonna Davidoff  newest book :
Barack the Anointed One: The Birth of an African boy that will change history
Available at the Publishers website and soon at Amazons.


Cover design and illustration by
Maria Madonna Davidoff

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Tradition: Diana Ting Delosh

PICK ME!
Ink & Watercolor, © Diana Ting Delosh

It's an annual tradition for many families to search for the perfect Christmas Tree. Does the scrawny sapling have chance to be picked? I've always had a soft spot for the underdog.

To see more of my illustration visit my website at dianadelosh.com or my blog at dtdelosh.blogspot.com

Friday, December 10, 2010

Tradition - Stephanie Ruble

It’s a tradition for my husband and I to go out to the beach on New Year’s Eve at midnight to welcome in the new year. I imagine these three sand-snowmen are celebrating the new year too:


This image is actually a crop of a larger watercolor painting. The painting is being used as the December banner for the Watercolor Wednesdays site. The three sand-snowmen in the crop are my favorites. Here's the full image:

Please visit my website, sruble.com, to learn more about my art and projects, or my blog to see more recent art.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Ginger Nielson

In the Tradition of Christmas Holiday... Flying Poodles, A Christmas Story has been selected one of the best APPS for Christmas.

Available at the APPLE APPS store the ebook is only 1.99.    It is designed for both the

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Ginger Nielson ~ Thanksgiving Surprise


©Ginger Nielson
Happy Thanksgiving to all... even Mr. Turkey gets to enjoy the day.

Thanksgiving: Diana Ting Delosh

Messy Animals, Frame for Pg 9,
© 2008 Diana Ting Delosh, Ink & Water color art for The Woo Agency
- Flash animation project. 

Please click HERE to view project. 
This is an older piece but I think it works quite well for this food-centric holiday.

Animals in the throes of a Thanksgiving Feeding Frenzy!
Happy Thanksgiving! Gobble! Gobble! 

For some less fattening but still delicious art please visit dianadelosh.com or dtdelosh.blogspot.com 

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Stephanie Ruble's Tip - Revision: Breathing New Life Into Old Art

I love creating new art, but once in a while I like to take an old piece and breathe new life into it.

When people think of revision, they usually think of text, but pictures can be revised as well. Many times the image gets revised as it goes from sketch to final, but sometimes you have a piece that just doesn’t work out, or a piece you always loved that doesn’t fit your current style. Those are prime candidates for revision.

Things to consider when revising: composition, emotion, color, character, and what the illustration is for (fun, portfolio, job, etc.).

Here's a piece I revised recently:

First Snow of the Season

First Snow of the Season

What’s new: snow (instead of rain), the cat (instead of a stuffed toy moose and stuffed toy bunny), and multiple changes to the girl on the right. It’s a lot better than it was before, but not perfect. Maybe some day I’ll revise it again!

If you are interested in more recent image revisions (including the paisley whale), I showed them here. Please visit sruble.com to learn more about my art and projects, or my blog to see more recent art.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Ginger Nielson's ~ Tip for Creating a Digital File Cabinet

I used to have numerous sketchbooks, loose sketches and paintings hanging around in various places in my studio. Finding exactly that perfect sketch I may have done a year ago was...  let's just say ... nearly impossible.



My solution for all those many graphics, illustrations, sketches and reference photos used to be to put them all in a steel file cabinet, or have my sketch books scattered in various places in my studio. It began to be impossible to find an exact sketch I knew I had "somewhere"  so I created a digital file cabinet in my computer.   Every file now has a place.  I collected my scans, paintings, photos and transferred the into appropriately named folders and sub folders and put the whole batch on an external computer drive.  This way I have a portable file of all my work that does not clutter up the valuable space on my computer and is safe from any unforseen crashes.   A complete article explaining the how and the why is on my website if you should want to see the whole process. Creating a Digital File Cabinet

This has made my work so much easier and I know I always have a back up in addition to being able to find what I am looking for.

©Ginger Nielson and 4RV Publishing LLC

From the book,  Little Charley Thornpaws by Caelaach Mc Kinna
illustrated by Ginger Nielson

Monday, November 8, 2010

Diana Ting Delosh's Art Tip for Breaking out of Creative Rut

I find doodling things that you're not known or typecast for  a good way to break out of a creative rut. So when I'm getting that stuck in a rut feeling I'll doodle around with my trusty ball point pen  - not so cute creatures -like below. 


Gryphon & Dragon, black pen sketches, © Diana Ting Delosh

It's like going on vacation from your style. Which may lead to a break through in your art.
Bear & Bunny, Ink & Watercolor, © Diana Ting Delosh

To see more of what I'm known for go to: 

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Ginger Nielson

Recently I was chosen to be interviewed as Artist of the Week, by an interesting art blog in Bulgaria. They have just begun sharing their blog in English and I was delighted to be asked to participate. The artists they have interviewed over the past weeks are an amazing group. I hope you will visit the blog and read about all the other fine artists.

As part of the interview I did get to post the cover art from the latest book I illustrated, Little Charley Thornpaws,  by Caelaach McKinna.  The book has just been released by the publisher 4RV Publishing LLC, and will be available on their site as well as Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble and any and all bookstores.

Dragons & Magic Exhibition Ends Tomorrow!

PLEASE click HERE to read the complete interview


My Library: Children's Book Illustrators

Friday, October 22, 2010

Dragons & Magic Exhibition Ending Soon!






The Dragons and Magic CBIG Exhibition at the Jefferson Market Library in NYC (Avenue of the Americas near 10th St.) will end on Friday, October 29, 2010. The illustration exhibit featured art created by 18 CBIG members inspired by the children's books, The Reluctant Dragon by Kenneth Grahame and The Magic City by E. Nesbit.

If you're in the neighborhood please come by and enjoy the show. The framed originals are upstairs in the adult section on top of the book shelves. Look up and all around. You'll also find the kid friendly display in the Kid's Room - dupes of the art mounted on foam core.

If you can't make the show never fear all 18 illustrations are posted in this blog. All 12 Dragons were posted in September  and all 6 Magic City posts have been posted in October. Look for posts/labeled or titled Dragons & Magic Exhibition. A PDF Catalog is also available on the CBIG website.

Below are a few photos of the exhibit taken by CBIG member Marilyn Papas with a disposeable camera.

Dragons by Tatyana Starikova and Leeza Hernandez






2 Photos above: Showing the originals in the adult section.


2 photos above showing the kid friendly display.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Dragons & Magic Exhibition: Teresa Tyler

© Teresa Tyler

Title: Unexpected Magic
Book: The Magic City
Medium: Collage, Cut Paper, 
Marker, Colored Pencil
Framed size: 11 x 17
Art Price: $200

This is 1 of 18 pieces currently in the
Dragons and Magic CBIG Exhibition 
Sept 7 - Oct 29, 2010
Art inspired by the children's books: 
The Reluctant Dragon by Kenneth Grahame and The Magic City by E. Nesbit

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Dragons & Magic Exhibition: Maxine Lu


© Maxine Lu
Title: Philip knew that a knight simply mustn’t be afraid.
Book: The Magic City
Medium: Computer and pencil
Framed size: 16 x 14
Art Price: Upon Request
This is 1 of 18 pieces currently in the
Dragons and Magic CBIG Exhibition 
Sept 7 - Oct 29, 2010
Art inspired by the children's books: 
The Reluctant Dragon by Kenneth Grahame and The Magic City by E. Nesbit

Friday, October 8, 2010

Dragons & Magic Exhibition: Lisa Cinelli

© Lisa Cinelli
Title: Camel Lurching Like a Boat 
Book: The Magic City
Medium: Gouache & Ink on Board 
Framed size: 24 3/4 x 14 3/4
Art Price: NFS

This is 1 of 18 pieces currently in the
Dragons and Magic CBIG Exhibition 
Sept 7 - Oct 29, 2010
Art inspired by the children's books: 
The Reluctant Dragon by Kenneth Grahame and The Magic City by E. Nesbit

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Dragons & Magic Exhibition: Vicky Rubin

© Vicky Rubin

Title: The Pretenderette Makes Off with Phillip on the Hippogriff
Book: The Magic City
Medium: Watercolor, Ink, Crayon
Framed size: 16 x 12
Art Price: $500

Vicky Rubin creates cuddly and comical writing and art. Vicky hopes to someday ride a hippogriff.
This is 1 of 18 pieces currently in the
Dragons and Magic CBIG Exhibition 
Sept 7 - Oct 29, 2010
Art inspired by the children's books: 
The Reluctant Dragon by Kenneth Grahame and The Magic City by E. Nesbit

Monday, October 4, 2010

Dragons & Magic Exhibition: Donna Miskend

© Donna Miskend

Title: “You go through the dreams and come out the other side where everything is real.”
Book: The Magic City
Medium: Watercolor
Framed size: 24 x 18
Art Price: $525

Donna Miskend is a multi-disciplined artist based in New York. Her fine art and photography is exhibited throughout the U.S., and her surface/textile designs are produced by major apparel companies. She is currently working on writing and illustrating books for children. Donna's professional memberships include the SCBWI and the CBIG as an author /illustrator.


This is 1 of 18 pieces currently in the
Dragons and Magic CBIG Exhibition 
Sept 7 - Oct 29, 2010
Art inspired by the children's books: 
The Reluctant Dragon by Kenneth Grahame and The Magic City by E. Nesbit

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Dragons & Magic Exhibition: Sara Kahn

© Sara Kahn
Title: Lucy
Book: The Magic City
Medium: Ink on Paper
Framed size: 17 x 21
Art Price: $75
www.sarakahn.com


Sara is a painter and illustrator currently living in San Francisco with her husband and three cats.


Her fascination by visual delights started at an early age. She was mesmerized by the color of light going through a prism or the way colors run together when one puts them on the paper; a beautiful brocade pattern; a marvelous dream; gestures of a kitten. She paints in an attempt to take visual notes of what she finds intriguing.


Her illustrations using a combination of techniques have appeared in Cricket and Cicada Magazines. She has won many prizes and honors for her artworks, including the SCBWI Magazine Merit award for illustration.

This 1 of 18 illustrations in the
Dragons and Magic CBIG Exhibition 
Sept 7 - Oct 29, 2010
Art inspired by the children's books: 
The Reluctant Dragon by Kenneth Grahame and The Magic City by E. Nesbit

Ginger Nielson ~ Magic


The magical moment when you hold a fairy in your hands.
She will only float there for a moment.
When she flies away she will leave stardust on your eyelashes.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

dragon - sruble

The dragon and the fire breathing puppy:

For this painting, I wanted to play around with primary colors, layering and texture. Here's a detail that shows those things a little better:

If you're interested in the evolution of this painting, I showed the process of creating it here. Please visit sruble.com to learn more about my art and projects, or my blog to see more recent art.

Dragon: Diana Ting Delosh

Winged Dragon
© Diana Ting Delosh
Ink & Watercolor

Here's a very enthusiastic dragon flying in to join the other dragons.

Dragons & Magic Exhibition: Doreen Mulryan Marts

© Doreen Mulryan Marts

Title: Tea Time
Book: The Reluctant Dragon 
Medium: Digital Print
Framed size: 9 x 9
Art Price: $150
www.doreenmarts.com

Born in Long Island NY, all Doreen ever wanted to do was draw and ice skate! For school, she attended Carnegie Mellon University as a fine arts major and New York’s School of Visual Arts, where she received her degree in illustration and cartooning. In between, she sold ice cream at Disney World and ran errands for MTV. After graduation, she worked at both Marvel Comics and Russ Berrie. Now, she works and lives as a freelance illustrator and designer in NJ with her husband, new daughter and puppy Baxter Blue Cheese!
This is 1 of 18 pieces currently in the
Dragons and Magic CBIG Exhibition 
Sept 7 - Oct 29, 2010
Art inspired by the children's books: 
The Reluctant Dragon by Kenneth Grahame and The Magic City by E. Nesbit

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Theme: Dragons, Donna Miskend


R. Dragon, © Donna Miskend, watercolor

Better late than never! He's the dragon in Kenneth Grahame's The Reluctant Dragon, who prefers poetry to dragon-like behaviour.

Dragons & Magic Exhibition: Leeza Hernandez

© Leeza Hernandez
Title: The (not so) Reluctant Dragon
Book: The Reluctant Dragon
Medium: Pencil, acrylic, paper, digital collage
Framed size: 20 x 16
Please contact artist for Giclée Print

This is 1 of 18 pieces currently in the
Dragons and Magic CBIG Exhibition 
Sept 7 - Oct 29, 2010
Art inspired by the children's books: 
The Reluctant Dragon by Kenneth Grahame and The Magic City by E. Nesbit