Several of my pieces have gotten a new boost of promotion recently.

First, the wonderful folks at Literary Lights for Children used the image I provided last year for a bookplate for their “Save The Date” cards, sent out to the honored guests of the kidslit community to join this reception honoring 4 prestigious children’s author/illustrators:

I am so honored to know that my artwork continues to provide the look and inspiration for the Literary Lights for Children project.

Also, a few months back my agent – Kristy King from Writers House – and I put together a sweet little postcard announcing our partnership. I posted the sneak peeks of this piece awhile back, but here are the final images:

I always appreciate the collaborative process of creating artworks that have been crafted with care and thought. Thank you to these fantastic people who help refine my vision, and give my work a place to live and be seen!

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Chocolate Chips and Rocket Ships

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I am so excited to share some freelance projects! Recently I  created a piece for a prestigious kidslit project bringing together 100 Artists in 99 1/2 days. It’s called Chocolate Chips and Rocket Ships, and was written by dad John O’Marra. He was inspired by his kids and family, which make the poems extra special – they are unique, funny, and inspired! It’s really a book for kids of all ages, and features artwork from artists of many styles, and poems of varying themes as well.

Here are two snapshots from the piece I illustrated. I will post a link to it once it’s up! Until then, check out these previews and view past pages on the book’s website today!

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Doodle Series is Back

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Especially towards the end of my senior year, one of my favorite past-times became illustrating me and my friends. Cartoons – no. Caricatures – don’t think so. I started calling them ‘Doodles’ when I created them for the team at Pinwheel Books and ever since I’ve been illustrating me and the people in my life. Why I haven’t yet done my parents, I don’t know. But most recently I decided to give my friends in Boston here a try:

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From left to right: Lilia, Me, Carmen, and Sonia. It may or may not be finished – I may add a few details here and there, some shiny things, but overall it was a great experience in drawing my friends and getting that likeness for people down.

A few weeks ago I did this one for Pinwheel of our next writer/illustrator Tim:

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I think this is one of the first men I’ve ever drawn with such ease.

Who should I draw next? I’m taking suggestions. And as per suggestion by my boss, you can even pay me to illustrate whatever you want via an etsy site in construction!

A Sketch of my Nona

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I recently came across a really old sketch I had done in preparation for working on some images for my story “My Grandmas are Both Italian”.

This is an image of my Nona – Anita – mixing a bowl of food in the kitchen. She is always cooking us something great, while wearing her famous blue apron. Even though she doesn’t move about the kitchen as fast as she used to, she still has a grin on her face when she’s putting together a meal. There is so much love in her food, and so much love and light in her. She is the epitome of happiness, and I hope one day I can find that sort of contentment in my life.

Her tiramisu and gnocchi are her signature dishes.

This sketch is really light, so I had to play with it in Photoshop a little:

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Teaser!

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Recently, I’ve linked up with Writer’s House LLC, a literary agency in New York that represents children’s book artists, as well as many other talented individuals.

You can view my profile here, and contact my agent Kristy King: kking[at]writershouse.com

That being said, we are launching my big release, and I’ve put together some top-secret images for them. Unfortunately I am not allowed to post them online, but here’s a little teaser that you might enjoy:

Mud pup is making his big debut!

Muddy Fall

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It’s been a ‘mud pup’ inspired fall. Recently, I’ve been blogging away at “Kidslit Musings“, the blog from Pinwheel Books. I talk about everything from publishing to animation, illustration, and write a column for Tuesdays called “Twin Tuesday”.

I’m also animated Sam and Ben for the iPad, and it’s been tough learning how to animate my images and create an app. We are luckily using a very user-friendly program to drag and drop our frames in. It should be completed by December, so stay tuned!

In my spare time, mud pup’s been on my mind. Here are some of the sketches I’ve created of the little guy these past two months:

Vines:

Pup Pup Meeting:

Mud Pup Checks the Post:

Mud Pup at the Dog Park:

And finally, the most wonderful little mud pup there could be:

Arf!

Art Teaching with What’s Your Story

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This fall I’m really pushing my art teaching career, starting small at local art centers in the Boston area. Here’s the ad that I’m sending around to push my class! If you know anyone who lives near the Arlington Center for the Arts, or Brookline Arts Center, spread the word!

I’m glad to finally be using a new/old illustration that I never finished or knew what to do with.
Hard to realize fall is coming so soon! Enjoy the seasons..

Literary Lights for Children Tea Party Invitations

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I got a special treat in the mail yesterday!

The Literary Lights for Children Event postcards from the Associates of the Boston Public Library is finally printed and circulating! Aside from Sam and Ben, this is the most prestigious freelance project I’ve completed thus far in my career and I’m so excited to finally share it!

It was a complicated design project, as I needed to design for the interior and exterior of the postcard, and design an image that could be split down the middle. I’m really happy with the turnout though!
Here are the individual images:
Invitation – opening piece:
Interior “main image” for the invitation:
Vignette for exterior of postcard:

bookplate:
Here’s the website to purchase tickets- http://www.bpl.org/general/associates/literarylightschildren.htm