Had so much fun at ALA :)

Photo Credit:  Cindy Schwind  of  #BookPosse

Photo Credit: Cindy Schwind of #BookPosse

What could be better than a weekend talking about books with an entire convention center full of librarians, publishers, and creators? Based on my first experience at the American Library Association Annual Conference: not much!

It was such a pleasure to chat with everyone who came to my signing and to participate in the Booklist’s Middle Grade Mania panel. I still can’t get over how many people were there… and how many BOOKS! I can’t wait to read the treasures I picked up while walking the exhibit floor.

I’m very happy to be a part of such a warm and welcoming community. Thanks from the bottom of my heart to everyone who made the experience so special.

Heading to ALA!

So excited to be attending the American Library Association Annual conference this weekend! I'll be participating in Booklist's Middle Grade Mania Panel on Sunday and signing at the HMH Booth (#1345) afterward from 4-5pm!

Can’t wait to meet a bunch of awesome librarians!

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Coloring Videos

I don’t get to do standalone illustration pieces too often anymore because I spend most of my time working on comics. With comic panels, the focus is usually focused on the characters and the dialog, so it’s refreshing to do an illustration where I can spend more time on the background and really have an attention to detail. With that in mind, I decided to set aside some time to color this piece in one sitting so I could make a video capturing the process and highlighting some of the smaller details of the piece. The original video is about 4 hours long… but I sped it up quite a bit to upload, because no one wants to see 4 hours of me being indecisive about what color to make a blanket.

I’m working in photoshop. The main tools I use are the pencil tool, the magic wand, the eyedropper, and the paint bucket. In these videos you’ll see me referencing another piece, which is the opposite side of the promotional postcard that I had finished first. Since they’re a pair, I wanted them to have similar colors. I also reference a character sheet for skin and hair colors. I don’t do anything too fancy, but I’m always open to answering questions anyone might have about my process! I know it can be confusing watching someone else work, especially when it’s in a time-lapse video.

If you like any of the songs from the videos, the Soundcloud links are in the video descriptions on Youtube. Thanks to the artists (Mild Wild, CSUS, and Vetash) for letting people use their music for videos!