Its been a bit since I’ve posted here – been a little busy and I’ve somehow unlinked my phone from my wordpress which makes it a tad harder to post.

I did a quick digital painting today off a Photograph from Reddit just for practice. Its from a photo someone took in southern Texas, quite beautiful out there. Maybe eventually I’ll actually go.

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I’ve been keeping very busy with SCBWI (just did an interview on the North Texas SCBWI blog with award winning artist Terry Widener) and work and other things (instagram) but I keep trying to find time for personal projects. Here’s an illustration that I started with traditionally, but then added additional texture digitally. It lost a bit of the color when I imported it…but I kinda am ok with it. Its now the header on the North Texas Illustrator newsletters I send out periodically.

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Finally, I’ve been really keeping up with my sketches on my KristineDraws Facebook page. I really have some days where the art works, others, well not so much.

Next goal: finish updating my actual website. It went down early this year and I’ve yet to sit down and update all the pieces. Also, take some of my sketches and make them a series of finished pieces that I’m happy with.

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Progressing slowly on making this quick sketch into a finished piece. Still needs work but don’t want to overwork it either. PS – I love panda bear cubs!

What a great little post and cover reveal!

Writing for Kids (While Raising Them)

I’m thrilled to host the cover reveal for a story I have longed to see in print. The lovely Marcie Colleen is here to show it to you and tell the tale of her own literary love triangle…on Valentine’s Day no less!!!

by Marcie Colleen

When I first set out to write a picture book titled LOVE, TRIANGLE (see the origin of the idea for the book here) I just wanted to tell a punny story that hopefully someone would want to publish someday. But my meager expectations were highly exceeded. In fact, the entire journey of this book has been unlike anything I could have ever imagined and I have my very own “triangle of amazing-ness” to thank.

First, my agent, Susan Hawk, who first realized the potential in this story when it was simply a concept pitched to her during our courting phase. And although it took me almost…

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Some days were harder than others, and some ideas will be scrapped, but I now have two notebook pages of ideas written down. Now to pick one or two to start writing and see what happens.

I’m joining in again this year!

Oh, Toto, I have a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore… That’s right, Picture Book Idea Month has been blown away by STORYSTORM! Need to know why? Check here. STORYSTORM is a mont…

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I’m a bit of a nerd and was always inspired by Princess Leia once I discovered her in Star Wars. I had to draw something today because of the impact this character had on me as well as the impact Carrie Fisher had on the industry as an actor & writer. Rest In Peace Carrie and thank you.

I walked over ten miles today between work and home/mommy duties. Managed to eak out a drawing for inktober in the moments after groceries and just before bed. Ballpoint pen, some markers, and a touch of colored pencil.

Mouse is pretty excited to take the train today!