Posts Tagged ‘Art’

Andrea Zuill Art Opening at Hamilton Galleries

Friday, April 4th, 2014

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Hi!  I’m having an art exhibition at Hamilton Galleries, in Santa Monica, CA.  This show will feature my oil paintings of slightly odd women.

The opening is on Saturday, April 12th, 2014 from 6:30 to 9:30 pm.

Hamilton Galleries:

Children’s Picture Books: Facts About Writing & Illustrating.

Friday, December 27th, 2013

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Rules and Specifications on writing and illustrating a Children’s Picture Book.

1. Children’s picture books are 32 pages long.  Minus the first couple pages which are for copyright stuff and other things.

2. Illustrations for picture books should be design to fit  8.5″x 11″  either horizontal or vertical.

3. The action in a picture book should move left to right.  Try thinking like the character is going to walk from the first page of the book to the last.

4.  It is said that a children’s picture books should have no more than 1000 words.  But, I’ve met a lot of publishers that want the word count to be less than 500 and preferably under 300.

5.  Writers do not choose their illustrator.  You don’t need to find an illustrator for your manuscript. The publisher will do that for you.  AND, there is a very good chance that you will have NO say what-so-ever regarding the illustrations.  Writers just have to submit their manuscripts.

6. Your book’s main character should represent the child reading the story. Try to think, “What would a child do?”

7. Don’t do a message book.  Any message should  be secondary to the story.  By book-with-a-message I mean morals of any kind. Why?  Kids don’t want to be told what to do or how to think.   It’s not fun.

8. Rhyming is harder than you think so think twice about trying it.  Many publishers will not look at rhyming books anymore.

9.  Currently author/illustrators are in vogue.  Not to long ago this wasn’t so.  Will it stay this way?  Who knows.

10. Illustrators generally will get paid more than writers.  The pictures make the book.

11. Your story should represent a very short period of time, not days and days.

12. Try to include all kinds of people/children in your stories.

13.  Writers should cut anything from their manuscript that can be illustrated. Such as “It was a sunny day”, which could easily be illustrated.  Save your words for the real story.

14.  You will find exceptions to all of the rules above.  You can ignore these rules if you a).self publish  b). are really famous for creating children’s books   c). or, you create something that is so frickin’ awesome that people just have to publish it. (please don’t aim for this, it can be very tough).

The reason that I felt like writing about this right now is this great article, which you should read:

Buzzfeed: How to Write a Picture Book

PLEASE read the Buzzfeed article, it’s great.

Urban Wolf and the Ways of the Poodle.

Monday, December 16th, 2013

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 (Click to enlarge cartoon.)

Think this cartoon is fiction?  Well, you better take a look at this message Homer just received:

“Dear Homer, my name is IDA MAE LABRADOR, to you, mister, and enclosed is a recent picture of me. Poodles Rock and Rule.”

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I have to say that Ida does look quite fetching.

 

Homer and I wish you the best and scariest Halloween!

Monday, October 28th, 2013

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Click on the cartoon to enlarge.

 

 

Drawing & Cartooning Class Taught by me, Andrea Zuill

Tuesday, August 6th, 2013

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Aug 9 – Sept. 31,2013, at the Escondido Arts Partnership Municipal Gallery, I will be having a retrospective of my art career.  That’s right!  I will be showing my oil paintings, quilts, fine art prints and children’s book illustrations.  And during this time I will be teaching two art classes in Drawing & Cartooning.  One is on August 17th, the second on September 14th.  For more information and to sign up for the class click here and the gallery phone number is  760-480-4101.

THIS CLASS IS FREE!  But, I would appreciate participants giving a small (or large if you feel so inclined) donation to Escondido Arts Partnership.

Please bring a sketch book and pencils.  The gallery will  have some supplies on hand just in case.  This is an all ages class and is perfect for people who want to draw but are terrified to.  It’s also great if you wish to loosen up your style.

Writers wishing to illustrate their books but feel uneasy with their drawing skills will find this class helpful.

 

 

Watercolor Paintings

Sunday, July 28th, 2013

Hello Everyone!

I have some of my original watercolors  currently on sale in my Etsy store.  When I did these images I was heavily influenced by Tim Burton and Lane Smith, who illustrated The Stinky Cheese Man & Other Fairly Stupid Tales.   Looking at my watercolor artwork makes me almost want to pick up my brushes again!

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.

 

April 2013 Free Embroidery Pattern. The Jackalope!

Monday, April 1st, 2013

I’ve had a few request to do a Jackalope pattern on my Flickr group, Badbird Patterns.  So, I thought it was time that I made their wish my command.

Wallah!

 

Click on the image to enlarge, then right click on the image to print.