Sam and Ben was such an accomplishment for me, I’ve been sharing it with everyone and getting great reviews and feedback.
If you haven’t seen it yet, the book’s website is http://www.sambenbook.com
. You can also buy the book through pinwheelbooks.com OR amazon (just type in my name people!)
Looking back though, this spread is definitely a contender for a favorite of mine:
This was my favorite spread to lay out and illustrate. It showcases what I love to do – draw and paint kids in whimsical poses – and the short phrase allowed me ample space to play with the imagery and really let it shine.
Let me know which spread is your favorite!
Sam and Ben is about to make its debut to the online market! You can buy a copy of the hardcover or paperback online (to start), and for the iphone, ipad, nook, and kindle starting this weekend! I’ve been marketing the heck out of my company this past month and loving every minute of it.
Boston, here I come! It looks like I’m all over the city – in terms of my art, that is.
First, it’s my save-the-date card: I can’t wait until the invitations are done later this month!
And now, it looks like Pippa in the leaves has made the COVER of the Brookline Arts Center Fall Catalog. And I’ll be teaching there this fall – What’s Your Story, and Collage for Tots and Parents.
these sketches were nixed for a recent job because the kids look too young. so when i feel less than inspired (with summer here, i doubt i will be!) i have some fun images i can dress up and play with…
i imagine this one very playful, with kids in costumes and lots of fantasy…
I recently submitted my portfolio and several children’s book story proposals to a competition through the Boston Public Library, which is why I have been M.I.A for a month!
My story proposal images are for My Grandmas are Both Italian, a story of my Northern and Southern Italian Grandmothers.
It began with a sketch of Nonna Anita:
And then created these three sequential images:
Papa Joe, Nonna Anita, Nanny, me, and my pup Lady G!
All the images are collage with watercolor and handmade papers, approximately 12X18 in size.
Here’s to having my finger’s crossed! Let me know what you think.
Lady always makes an appearance in my new works. She’s part of a submission series where I’m illustration my story “My Grandmas are Both Italian.
This children’s story celebrates my lovable, yet completely opposite, Italian grandmothers from the north and the south of Italy. They are always at odds, but family always comes first.
Of course, the RISD bicycle came to mind when I painted this little section too:
can’t WAIT to show you the new direction of these works!!!!
i realized this image never got published/scanned right, so here it is again. in the light of a new month…and 3 WEEKS TIL SPRING(!!) i’m steering away from snowy scenes for a little while, although my ice skating characters are still searching for their background.
here’s a spring-y inspiration:
i have several deadlines before my trip to Iceland for my 23rd birthday, so postings will be a little light for a little while….be patient, friends!!
I’ve been working on capturing specific people again, this week – its my sister.
Here are two takes on our sisterhood:
cheers, and enjoy the springlike weather!
It’s my panda baby…TUM! In a backpack, at the zoo, with my favorite boy.
Limited palette, straight to paint (no pencil underneath, although sketches are below). While I’m playing around with teens, I like the simple shapes of the panda, and hope to start writing their story soon!
happy valentines day! xo, nicole and mudpup
mud pup playing with his brother: