Thursday, March 22, 2012
In this critique session, the whole manuscript is given to members of our critique group four to six weeks ahead of the scheduled "marathon." Everyone reads the work and make in-line comments as well as an overview of suggestions. We make a day of it, including lunch, and have a bit of fun to go with the criticism. Thus the picture.
Fresh eyes give invaluable suggestions for working on the next draft of the piece.
Aargh! Now I'm off to do another draft. With their help it will be even better.
Monday, November 1, 2010
To play fair, here is my super pig. And she's going somewhere.
She has helium balloons to take her into the air.
She has pogo shoes so she can leap up, and up, and up.
She has propeller shoulder pads to let her fly to great heights.
And most important of all, she has a book--that can take her anywhere.
Already she's soaring away!
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Check out my For Parents, Teachers, and Librarians section on my web site, http://www.roxanechadwick.com. I've just posted a comparison of nine different versions of the Gingerbread story. From my years as a librarian doing storytimes for children and my studies in children's literature, I've picked my favorites, the ones the young children will love. And I admit I had a reason--the necessity of a gingerbread story to go along with a special ornament.
Monday, October 12, 2009
FLYing, Illustration Friday's topic this week, is perfect.
For this is the week that our illustrator's group called "ART FLIES" sends out our first group promotional mailer.
"ART FLIES" stands for ART For LIttle eyES.
We're a group of illustrators specializing in art and
Saturday, February 28, 2009
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
Sometimes, it's easy to get caught up in the product. One more polar bear picture. One more portfolio piece. One more pen and ink sketch. One more dummy.
But all it takes is a day painting with a child who has no interest in the product, only interest in the glorious process: the smell of the paint, the feel of the brush, the squish of red between two fingers or on the floor. It reminds me of the pure joy of art--the process.
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
And so, like all author/illustrators who also happen to be librarians, I began checking out what polar bear books were out there. Why work on a story that has already been done? It's better to try something unique.
The first picture book I found was Winston of Churchill:One Bear's Battle Against Global Warming by Jean Davies Okimoto and illustrated by Jeremiah Trammell. The wry delicate illustrations depict a bespeckled, cigar-smoking bear leading a protest against global warming. There are clever references to Winston Churchill that most children will miss, but adults will enjoy them and can share them with kids.
While more didactic than my idea, the cheerful bears and delicate illustrations with one especially lovely morning scenic will please readers and get the message across.
One down--it won't compete with my idea.
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
I see polar bears everywhere---in snowdrifts, in the clouds, in plastic bags lying on the counter. You see, I just returned from a fantastic vacation, photographing polar bears in