Saturday, April 27, 2013

Meeting Chris Columbus

Thanks to our local children's book store, Hicklebees, the boys and I got to meet writer/producer/director, Chris Columbus. He gave a great talk today. He shared a lot of behind the scenes of his movies and of writing the book with co-writer Ned Vizzini, House of Secrets. He wrote Gremlins and directed the movie. He directed Goonies, Mrs. Doubtfire, the first two Harry Potters, Home Alone, Night at the Museum, and Step Mom.

Friday, April 26, 2013

Chicken Talk — Don't fear the white space!

I created this little lady for my new contact page on my soon to be launched new website. It's actually already launched, but I'm waiting for some behind the scenes stuff to be completed.

I knew I wanted needed to have another chicken in my portfolio. It's a thing, right?

Anywhoo, this is my attempt to continue my quest to leave white space in my illustrations. It's soooo difficult! I love to keep things simple, but I still get hung up on the art not feeling finished if there's white space. It's crazy, because I love it when other artists do this. Is there a self help group for this? Hello, my name is Laura and I fear white space.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Quick Hello!

I'm working on my new website. It's pretty much complete, except for a new illustration for my contact page and some domain transferring. I'm switching over to Squarespace for my hosting & I am loving the interface so far. So much easier than Headway and WordPress! Today, I have no email access, though. Hoping that's fixed quickly. I feel so cut off.

Meanwhile, I'm working on some new characters.

This little piggy went to MIT.

I'm so excited to be going to the SCBWI National Conference this summer! Excited and panicked. I'm planning on adding a bunch of new portfolio pieces and completing a book dummy by then. Eek! I'm still having an LA or Bust Sale in my Etsy shop and I'm clearing room by selling off my remaining BeautiControl stock. Spa anyone?

Don't forget you can also find me and my friends at our new group blog. Lots of tips and tricks over there.

Friday, April 12, 2013

Originals Sale!!!

The Spring cleaning continues!

This morning I started selling off the remainder of my BeautiControl Spa products here (heated neck wrap anyone?) and now I'm selling original paintings at 20% off!

I am LA bound this summer for the SCBWI National Conference in August. I am sooooo Excited with a capital E! Anyway, enough about me, here are a few pics of what I'm selling in my Etsy shop. Coupon code is SPRING13. Please spread the word!

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Ballet on the Brain

Everyone dances to their own beat. Sometimes that beat is ballet.

I'm sure it comes as no surprise, but I just love drawing anthropomorphic animals. Love, I tell you!! 
If I have any say in the matter, I would fill book after book full of animal characters. 
Oh wait, I do have a say. I'm on it!

I'm currently reading Writing Picture Books by Ann Whitford Paul. It's so good. 
I have stories I want to tell and I'm hoping this book helps me do that.

In other news, please check out the new group blog that my friends, Tracy Bishop, Christina Forshay, and Renee Kurilla, and I started here. It's all about the business, struggles, and triumphs of a career in illustration.

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