Well, first, I've been studying lots of children's picture books and taking notes on what I like and don't like. Above is my second stack from the library in Pierre. The book on top above is illustrated by Tedd Arnold (click on the picture if you want to go to his website). The author is Jill Sardegna but illustrators get the publicity here.....(but I'll give her a link too -- gotta respect the authors).
I have a new favorite: James Marshall. He was an author/illustrator. He did the George and Martha books. They are so simple but I LOVE THEM!
If you look above the hippos in the picture on the left you'll see some writing.
Besides studying and taking notes of Children's picture books I've been practicing calligraphy. I am reading a book that is filled with interviews of illustrators. One of them mentions the importance of having good lettering skills. So, I'm trying. Here's a few more of my efforts:
So, here's my plan of attack starting next week (my six kids have been home since before Christmas -- if I get everything out - -meaning all my drawing and painting stuff -- they for sure want to join in. They do get to paint but it is hard for me to really work when they are around. They go back to school Monday): I am going to begin on my portfolio pieces and also start working on a couple book ideas with pictures and text. We'll see what happens. The members of the writing group I'm part of, Created to Create Writers Group, are so patient with me. One member has finished her novel while I bring something different every single time. Twice I brought chapters from my book Giant Sophie (which is still being worked on). Another time I brought a piece I wrote long ago. Then other times I've brought poetry and stuff for kids' magazines. Oh well....they love me (I think).