A little about my artwork:
I interpret the words written on a page by telling the story behind the story working with pen and ink, watercolor and Photoshop, I fuse old techniques with modern ones to create a world that every drawing can speak to a child or grownups.
You will not find this review on Picturebookdad but Ken was nice enough to allow me to print what he had to say about Why Am I Me?
I appreciate you interest inPicturebookdad.com. I enjoyed Why Am I Me? I found it to be
thoughtfully written and nicely drawn.
However, I feel it doesn't have quite enough
dad-appeal to reach my target audience
of reluctant-reader dads.
I hope you understand.
I do/did understand I took shot, this book is the closest that I illustrated to what he looks for in picture books for his audience. But if you don't try you will never know. It is a great site and I would suggest to go visit it often.
Water was my first then air so as I was sketching out my
drawing I realized I already did it back in 2008 the title is called “Sea
Breeze” it was going to be used for a movie festival, unfortunately the only
thing done to make the festival a reality was my artwork
How many years later does it come back to find you?
Well it happened to me yesterday.
On Valentine’s Day I
sent out my email V-Day cards my mentor Patti Stren was one of them. She loved
the little snail so much she asked me about the little guy, if there was a story?
I said yes and after talking about it
she insist I re visit him and make it into a picture book.
Okay I am now looking in an old sketch book were the little story
has been sleeping and in the front of the sketch book is a card from Sandie Rosa; Sandie and I worked together many moons ago at equinox. We opened the new
Columbus circle location together, she was the spa coordinator and I was one of
the massage therapists.
The sketch book is gift from her when she decided to leave, it
was her way to say thank you for all my hard work. It came with this great
jacket cover I added the Harley Davidson later it was from an old vest of mine
that was falling apart.
So of course I do a web search on Sandie, this is not the
first time I try but in the past nothing ever came up. But this time I find a
bunch of images and her acting credits I also find her actively working as an
Well I am finally coming to the end of posting about the 2012 Tomie dePaola awards.
I wrote in an earlier post about the award that I would give a little more info on the winner and the runners up so; here they are and the Winner is….
First Place: "My number one choice was the illustration by Yvette Piette Herrera. The characters were well personalized with a very nice nostalgic touch to them. The round composition was a clever way of telling “a round robin story.” This illustration was my favorite." -Tomie
Second Place: "Carrie Eko-Burgess’s illustration was excellent in its graphic depiction of the story. The strong forms, color and contrast appealed to me." -Tomie
Third Place: "Rotem Omri’s three-dimensional clay work was charming although I found some of the forms confusing, such as, the purple and blue “dresses” or “stands.” All in all, it was a novel approach." -Tomie
Fourth Place: "I’d like to commend Lori McElrath-Eslick for her illustration. I was delighted by the paint quality of the character. I’d like to see the drawing taken further." -Tomie
And finally my version:
I have no idea if Mr. dePaola looked at my entry once, twice or even a hundred times and in truth it does not matter the contest was fun, it pushed me to try harder, and it forced me to step out of my safety zone and let others judge me.
“Why Am I me?” has picked up some momentum and is selling at independent book stores in Oklahoma one is called “Best of Books in Edmond” so far has sold over twenty five copies, this was after a news article came out about Wayne Harris-Wyrick who wrote “Why Am I Me?” I posted it here.
All very promising, at the scbwi winter conference I can’t remember if it was Dan Santat or Dan Yaccarino who spoke of doing a grassroots movement to get the book in the public eye but it looks like Wayne as done just that; if you have not guessed he lives in Oklahoma and is also the director of the Kirkpatrick Planetarium of Science Museum of Oklahoma, it is nice to see the museum take care of their people.
Oklahoma is also the home of 4RV Publishing and he has attended some of the conferences held in or around the city signing copies of the book.
Wayne Harris- Wyrick
Wayne Harris- Wyrick
Side note/ disclaimer:
When I illustrate a book I do not do a web search on who wrote the story I don’t want to be influenced by their web pages or blog, Facebook status whatever is floating out there on the World Wide Web. So the front cover had nothing to do with Wayne love for the universe it is something I picked up by illustrating this picture book.
I only knew one writer before I illustrated her book; it did not hurt my interpretations but her love for the outdoors did influence me in a certain direction.