Archive for the ‘Musings’ Category

The Last Day of the SCBWI Los Angeles Conference.

Monday, August 5th, 2013

Sorry that this cartoon is a day late. I’m extremely tired after my three days of fun.  In tweets and Facebook postings I noticed quite a few complaints from other attendees of headaches and exhaustion.  For me, I know in my regular life I get woozy at about 9:00 at night.  At the conference I stayed up past 1:00 every night.  But it was worth it.

One of the most important parts of the conference is hanging in the hotel lounge.  The Hyatt in Los Angeles  has a lounge that is comfy and perfect for chatting.  If you ever go to this conference don’t leave or go up to your room when the talks/workshops are over.  Head straight to the lobby.  Anyone with a convention tag around their neck is a friend.

Vintage Mannequin Head

Sunday, July 21st, 2013

Hey everyone,  I don’t like using my blog as a online garage sale but I do have items that crafty/artsy/book-y might like.

Here is my 1930 / 40’s  Mannequin Head.  I think she is very beautiful (She’s a ginger!).  I got her for a art project that never came about.  I was going to  embroider crowns and tiaras and display them on a number of vintage mannequin heads. Oh well!

I would like to get $150.00 for her plus $20.00 Shipping.  On Ebay REAL vintage mannequin heads go for $175.00 (or close to it). Same with Etsy.  So, if you are interested please leave me a message in comments.

p.s. –  My bird painting has sold.

An Artist’s Dilemma.

Saturday, July 6th, 2013

I’ve been creating art professionally for over 20 years.  Even though my work has sold well I have a quite a few pieces that still lurking my my storage.  I need to get them homes.  I need the space!

Some paintings I will be letting go at bargain prices.  Please leave a message in comments if you are interested in any of these pieces.

 

 

Urban Wolf

Thursday, July 4th, 2013

Click on the image above for a full size view.

I’m trying out a new format for my dog stories.

 

Another kind of dog.

Wednesday, March 27th, 2013

(Please click on the images if you have trouble reading the dialog.)

There have been quite a few children’s books about dogs.  Lovable, people loving dogs.  I’m writing a book about my dog, but he’s a bit different.  My boy needs personal space.  Strangers are to be seen from a distance and they’re definitely NOT supposed to come up and manhandle his butt.  Even if they do it while saying “Who’s a good boy then?”

I can’t really blame him.  If someone came up and manhandled my butt and said, “Who’s a good girl then?”  I would be VERY upset and prone to physical violence.

Sometimes I wonder if he ‘s seen  one to many Public Service Announcements about strangers.

And let’s face it, there is nothing stranger than some children.

When I say children that includes babies.  As I’ve said before, in my Christmas story ( http://zuill.us/andreablog/2012/12/06/a-christmas-dog/  ), my dog can’t stand babies but he does like their toys.  He’d never hurt a child but stealing from them is not a moral issue for him.

 

There is a type of child my dog likes.  My furry guy  likes to be treated like just another kid.

He may not know what is going on but he gives it his all.

There is only one problem with gaining my dogs trust. . .

Another tooting of my own horn. 2013 Golden Gate SCBWI San Francisco Conference.

Monday, March 4th, 2013

 

I have no idea why I chose the above image for this post.  But I’m lazy, and I don’t feel like changing it now.

I’ve just gotten home from the Golden Gate Conference for the SCBWI San Francisco at Asilomar.  For those of you that have gone to just the large LA or New York conferences I want to tell you that smaller events have some great benefits.  There were only about 140 to 150 people at this conference.  Like all SCBWI gatherings the people there were a real mix.  There were all levels of writers and illustrators there, from those  living- the- dream to total newbies.  I believe that I got to have face time with literally everyone.

I have some new BFF’s (Hi, Suzanne, Joyce, Matt, Kat, Tiffany, Kathrine,  and Tamara .  Sorry if I missed anyone.  I’m trying to be better at remembering  names but I’m pretty sure I missed of few there) .  My agent, Erzsi Deak, was there and she was one of the speakers.   I also got to meet  Jon Agee, Ed Briant, Patti Ann Harris, Lisa Jahn-Clough, Daniel Handler and Greg Pincus.  And I finally got to really meet Lin Oliver.  I’ve seen her a dozen times but I’d never actually had a chance to talk to her.

But my favorite part of the conference, because of my ego, was winning the Golden Gate Portfolio award!   I remained humble after winning and waited until I got back to my room to do my victory strut  (I’ve been told my victory strut is very disturbing).  Emily Jiang won the Golden Gate Writer’s Award.  (www.emilyjaing.com)  She is a truly awesome person!

Oh, and I forgot to say, Asilomar is a state park in Pacific Grove near Monterey.   It’s right on the beach and has beautiful historic buildings.  It’s the perfect place to meet friends and discuss children’s books!

I got my flu shot.

Thursday, January 31st, 2013

I got my flu shot!

I don’t know if this happens to you, but when I get my flu shot I have feelings of invincibility.   I feel like I can do crazy things!  It’s like no matter what  happens at least I won’t catch the flu. Or, at least, there is only a 3% chance of getting the flu.  And those are my kind of odds.

But still, I hold back,  I’m no fool.

This time, after I got my shot, I went on the web and read up on what the flu shot was all about.  That’s when I was horrified to learn that  it takes two weeks to get the full effect from the inoculation.  I was still fair game for the flu bug.

Well, that sure put a damper on my euphoria.

So, I’ll soldier on with my tradition flu vigil.

But in two weeks, watch out!  I’ll be 3% more dangerous than I am now.

 

 

New Postcard

Monday, January 14th, 2013

 Well, it’s time for a new postcard. 

I had an idea that I wanted to go with, which is  of a cat-loving little girl with an annoyed cat.   I wanted the girl to be totally ecstatic. I wanted the cat to look like that if given the chance he would murder the little girl, and for fun, everyone else in the world.

 Now, there is nothing wrong with this sample postcard above but it wasn’t extreme enough.  My drawing style is very controlled in this image. (Oh, and thanks Charles for letting me know that whatnot is one word.)

So, I tried to relax.  I still knew I wanted the girl in particular to be much muchier, and chubby.  As I drew I started to see a character developing that enjoyed.  

In the final image I opened her mouth to add to her ecstasy in having a kitty.  Instead of inking in the drawing I scanned in the pencil sketch.  I tried to not clean it up too much.   I think it works.

I would like to thank my sister and my daughter, former love-that-cat-to-death children, for their inspiration.  Not to fear though, my adult sister and daughter are now loved by cats far and wide.