Posts Tagged ‘illustration’

Urban Wolf, Whimper…..

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

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See all the URBAN WOLF cartoons HERE!

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: It’s Turkey Time!

Tuesday, November 19th, 2013

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Just so you know, this is a true story.  It happened last week. The turkeys were a beautiful chestnut brown with white bands on their wings.

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Homer and I wish you the best and scariest Halloween!

Monday, October 28th, 2013

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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.

 

 

Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators / Los Angeles Conference

Friday, August 2nd, 2013

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Day One of the SCBWI Los Angeles Conference.

I’ve been asked to write a report on this year’s L.A. conference. I haven’t written a report on something since I was in school and I will not even begin to tell you how long ago that was.   I also have the attention span of a gnat.  I know this doesn’t bode well but I will give it a try anyway.

The conference started off this year with a few words from Lin Oliver ( Children’s book author, writer / producer of family films and one of the founders of SCBWI).  A few months ago I got to talk to her in person and I’ve got to say she’s one of the nicest people I’ve ever met.   She gave us a number of facts about who exactly was attending this conference.  And, here they are…

   There are 1266 attendee’s.

   38%  published

   62% unpublished

   There are 400 plus new attendees

   175 portfolios in the portfolio showcase.

   312 attendees for the writer’s intensive

   46 States are represented here, with the exception of both North and South Dakota.

   14 Countries are represented

   Approx.  988 women attendees, 192 Men and 86 Undeclared

   Some of the occupations represented here are Animal Communication Specialist, Auditor, Spam      Fighter, and Pickle Professional.

I haven’t check out all the numbers to make sure they work out but it does give you an idea of who is here.

The first keynote speaker was Laurie Halse Anderson (best selling children’s book author).  She talked about how the readers of our books are the most important of all readers of all (children).  She stressed the importance staying a child because “Growing up is a whole lot of Horse Shit”. And finally, she stated how important it is to sit around a campfire at least once in your life.

The next keynote speaker was Jon Scieszka (Children’s book author). His topic was Subversion, but his talk quickly headed in a different direction.  I couldn’t keep up with him as he told stories of growing up with his brothers.  But I do know that Jon and his brothers broke the youngest brother’s clavicle several times in his life.  Poor kid!

Laurent Linn (Dir. for Simon and Schusters  Books for Young Readers), always a conference favorite, gave nuts- and- bolts talk about how a book gets made from dummy to printing.  Laurent talking style is a mix of charm and no-nonsense and I find him one of the most informative of all the speakers. This talk was extremely good for people new to this business.

Finally, the last event of the night for me was the Illustrator Social.  It’s great to visit everyone but it gets so loud in the room that a bunch of us went to the hotel lobby to talk.  This hotel’s lobby is one of the best for socializing.  It’s filled with various groups of writers and illustrators experiencing the friendship and comradely that seems to come easily to people in the world of children’s books.

I know this isn’t the greatest of reports, but I’m tired now and don’t care.  So there!

 

Good Night!

 

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

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