SCBWI AZ Creativity Boot Camp

Posted by on Feb 10, 2017 in Illustration, Illustration Advice, Inspiration, SCBWI-AZ Event, Writing Event | 0 comments

SCBWI AZ Creativity Boot Camp

SCBWI AZ Creativity Boot Camp TOP 5 Reasons You Should Attend Attention! SCBWI-Arizona’s Creativity Boot Camp is just around the corner. Still on the fence about coming? Here are the Top 5 reasons you should spend the afternoon with us: 1. No push-ups involved. There will be intense pencil-pushing though. You’ve been warned. 2. We genuinely want you to be part of our kid lit tribe. Our authors and illustrators presenting on Saturday, February 25, 2017 have over a century of combined knowledge to share with you. (I’ll be leading the...

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2017 Caldecott & Newberry Winners

Posted by on Jan 23, 2017 in American Library Assoc., Caldecott, Coretta Scott King Book Awards, Newbery | 0 comments

2017 Caldecott & Newberry Winners

Today, January 23rd, 2017, the American Library Association announced the 2017 youth media award winners at its midwinter meeting in Atlanta, GA. Congratulations to the following: John Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children’s literature: The 2017 Newbery Medal winner is: “The Girl Who Drank the Moon,” written by Kelly Barnhill, is the 2017 Newbery Medal winner. The book is published by Algonquin Young Readers, an imprint of Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, a division of Workman Publishing.  Three Newbery Honor...

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Art of the Picture Book Dummy Workshop (Tucson)

Posted by on Dec 30, 2016 in Illustration, Illustration Event, Illustration Resources, SCBWI-AZ Event, Uncategorized, Writing Event, Writing Resource | 0 comments

Art of the Picture Book Dummy Workshop (Tucson)

Art of the Picture Book Dummy Workshop (Tucson) Join Michael and me for this encore workshop presentation, this time in Tucson. The picture book dummy is the template in which you will tell your story. It does not matter if you are a writer or a writer/illustrator, if you want to someday see your work published, knowing how to create a picture book dummy is an essential part of the process. Learn how to create one and how you can use this vital tool to improve your craft. NOTE: This is a hands-on workshop. Bring two copies of your...

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Let the Most Splendid Colleen Rowan Kosinski Brighten your Day!

Posted by on Oct 13, 2016 in Colleen Rowan Kosinski, Inspiration, Sky Pony Press | 0 comments

Let the Most Splendid Colleen Rowan Kosinski Brighten your Day!

You are probably very familiar with this amazing lady and her beautiful work, but I needed to give a little shout out to my dear friend Colleen Rowan Kosinski. We’ve known each other for several years now and have been through a couple of adventures together. 🙂 Her immense talent is so very inspiring. Not only is she a phenomenal artist, she is also an incredible writer. Plus, most of all, she and I are kindred spirits because she loves animals as much as I do. Here is a peek at the book trailer for Colleen’s debut picture book,...

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The Art of the Picture Book Workshop

Posted by on Aug 15, 2016 in Chris Gall, Illustration, Illustration Event, Illustrations Advice, Presentations, Writing Event | 0 comments

The Art of the Picture Book Workshop

Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators of Arizona Presents The Art of the Picture Book a workshop for writers and illustrators Saturday, September 17, 2016 at the One-Oh-One Gallery In Downtown Mesa The Art of the Dummy By Tanja Bauerle & Michael Hale The picture book dummy is the template in which you will tell your story. It does not matter if you are a  writer or a writer/illustrator, if you want to see your work published, knowing how to create a picture book dummy is an essential part of the process. Learn how to...

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Society of Visual Storytelling

Posted by on Aug 7, 2016 in Character Development, Drawing Instruction, Educational Illustration, Illustration, Illustration Advice, Illustration Resources, Illustrations Advice, Inspiration, Instructional Videos, Will Terry | 0 comments

Society of Visual Storytelling

Hey, all you illustrators and picture book creators out there! Are you familiar with the Society of Visual Storytelling? If not, you have to hop on over and check it out: https://svslearn.com/ What is The Society of Visual Storytelling? In a nutshell it is an online school, co-created by Will Terry and Jake Parker , that offers classes designed to teach and inspire artists who create narrative visuals. This includes artists who develop picture books, graphic novels, comics, character designs, and the list goes on. The classes taught by...

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Unzipped: Naming Arizona’s Nameless

Posted by on Jul 23, 2016 in Animation, Artwork and Illustrations, Book Resource, Character Development, Drawing Instruction | 0 comments

Unzipped: Naming Arizona’s Nameless

When I was in college, I took drawing and animation classes from the most incredible professor. His name is Steve Missal and I loved his classes best of all. Steve is the most amazing artist and draftsman that I have ever met, but more than that, he is a person that I have always respected and looked up to. Even today, when I draw and get stuck, I think to myself “what would Mr. Missal say?” Since graduating, I found him again teaching at Phoenix Collage and so took more classes from him. Heavenly! Since then, he has moved on to...

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Illustration Department

Posted by on Jul 21, 2016 in Drawing Instruction, Giuseppe Castellano, Illustration, Illustration Advice, Illustration Resources, Portfolio Advice | 0 comments

Illustration Department

Yesterday evening, I soaked in fantastic counsel during a one hour face-to-face video conference with Giuseppe Castellano, an award-winning designer, illustrator, and senior art director at Penguin Random House. His website “The Illustration Department” ( #IllustDept ) offers a variety of classes that fit illustrators, no matter what type of guidance they are looking for. I opted for the portfolio critique. Not only did Mr. Castellano look at my website and portfolio in depth, he gave me the opportunity to ask questions pertaining to my art,...

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Rhyming Picture Book Award and Conference, NY

Posted by on Apr 28, 2016 in Colleen Rowan Kosinski, Julie Gribble, Justin Chanda, Kendra Marcus, KidLitTV, Rhyming Picture Book Award, Rhyming Picture Books, RhyPiBoMo, RPB Conference, Writing Event | 0 comments

Rhyming Picture Book Award and Conference, NY

Last December, as part of the Rhyming Picture Book Committee I traveled to New York for the Rhyming Picture Book Award and the RPB Conference. We spent four days in New York learning and getting excited about Rhyming Picture Books. Yup, I created the logo for the conference. 🙂 Meet the amazing committee: Kristi Wright, Randi Sonenshine, Patricia Toht, Lori Degman, Zainab Kahn, Aimaa Haburjak, moi and our fearless leader, Angie Karcher. What an amazing group of talented and generous ladies! First up was the Rhyming Picture Book Award ceremony...

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Kate DiCamillo Signing Event

Posted by on Apr 25, 2016 in Changing Hands Bookstore Event, Dianne White, Kate DiCamillo | 0 comments

Kate DiCamillo Signing Event

Yesterday afternoon, we got to listen to Kate DiCamillo present her latest book, “Raymie Nightingale,” at Dobson High School. Thank you Changing Hands Bookstore for this amazing opportunity to hear Kate present. It was a wonderful program. It was great to spend some time with my friends Dianne White, Elizabeth Saba, Suzie Schade and several teachers and families from Eduprize, Gilbert. Can’t you just see what a doll Ms. DiCamillo is from the photo above? My girls simply loved being there. Ms Kate is so nice, funny and down...

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