Sunday, July 31, 2016

My little artist

How cute is this?! My 5 year old daughter (nearly 6!) created this by tracing one of my sketches in Illustrator!! She often sits beside me watching me work and really wanted to to try it herself!

She created this using layers and various brush sizes and colours! I think it's wonderful!

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Dropping the ball this week

Here we are chilling out while we await a breakfast treat earlier this week. This followed a rather strange and somewhat embarrassing meeting this week!

I have always prided myself on maintaining a professional approach to my illustration work, but since I had kids I have had to cut myself some slack!! This was illustrated beautifully this week, following a meeting for a new project I am working on!

I am running a bit behind with my work schedule at the moment and in an attempt to try to make up some ground, I stayed up until 3am the night before my meeting to try to pull together something worth presenting. (Needless to say this was a bit of a waste of time as it was really only a 'rough' concept that I ended up producing.) I woke early to print out my ideas for my meeting, only to find that I could not get my printer to work!

Argh...I spent way too long trying to resolve it and ran out of time to do anything else. I had just returned from a full session of heavy work at my parents the day before, so basically had not showered or brushed my teeth for two days....I found some chewing gum in the car on the way there, and then realised I had forgotten to throw the gum away before the meeting...(another pet hate of mine!!) 

I also had to bring my girls with me to the meeting, who in my mad dash to get out the door, basically ended up wearing there pyjamas under some warm jackets....None of us had brushed our hair, but managed to tie it back in pony tails......fortunately, they are such good girls and quietly amused themselves throughout the meeting.

I had to bring my laptop along, (as I could not print my roughs) so I decided to bring along my sketches as a back up, only to have the dog chew the corners of my presentation folio!!

I have never been more embarrassed or flustered in a meeting, and since I had not had much sleep I ended up just rambling my way through the meeting - talking too much and not making much sense!!

To their credit, the people in the meeting were very understanding and sympathetic, so if you are reading this ladies, I thank you again for your patience.

I promise to be more organised for next week's catch up....oh, and my darling girls....lets do breakfast BEFORE the meeting this time. You are so patient and understanding. I love you both. Such gorgeous girls.

I ended this crazy week with the discovery of this lovely magazine today. 

Just what I needed. Check it out if you happen to spot it on the shelves somewhere. 

Oh, and I nearly forgot....the lovely Author of Ella Diaries (Meredith Costain) informed me that our new release Ella Diaries 'Worst Camp Ever' made the Top 10 best sellers at Readings Bookstore this week. 

Very exciting news. Go grab yourself a copy today! x

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Tracy Lacy - the Tadpole?!

Here's a bit of Tracy Lacy silliness for you today! 

This is my daughters' favourite picture of Tracy Lacy (the tadpole from the back cover artwork), so with some help from MY Mum, they made this cute little version of her! Makes me smile!

So not much going on at the moment, except for busy, busy, busy....I have completed the next Ella Diaries book, along with another full colour (still secret) book, and am just finalising the artwork for another TOP SECRET project I have on the go!

Then there's the new contract I am finalising for another BRAND NEW series due for release next year!! ... Talk about BUSY!! I am loving it!

In the meantime, both the Netherlands and Russia have already extended their contracts for the Ella Diaries books! Phew. Such exciting times. 

Next on the list is more beautiful books for Little Learners Love Literacy....No time for a breather just yet!

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Screen Printing Joy!

Wonderful afternoon of screen printing at our local Goulburn Regional Art Gallery. Great fun. Great company. 

I could really see myself getting into it on a more regular basis....if only I had more time!

So for now, it's back to reality. Am topped up with caffeine and ready to put in a big night(s) of catch up work....if only we did not ''have to" sleep, I could get so much more out of my days!!

A special thank you to my gorgeous husband for his wonderful help and support - otherwise NOTHING would get done! x

Thursday, July 7, 2016

So many NEW BOOKS arriving!

Checking the mail these days has become pretty exciting, with lots of new copies of my books arriving. Check out the first Foreign Language versions of Ella Diaries - in Dutch!

I am so excited about this. I can't stop looking at them.

Here's a few more newbies that have arrived in the last few weeks:

There was a time in my career when I had a really hard time with the colour I LOVE IT!

I guess you are sick of me talking about how busy I am, so I will skip that bit and let you know I have a beautiful, slick new computer! My last one was 10 years old and was getting a bit shaky, so I thought I had better upgrade before anything disastrous happened. I can't believe the difference in the new one. It's such a step up - particularly with the screen quality! No excuses now.

On the home front, the cute little puppy is driving me nuts! It chews everything. It bites. It's harder to house train than a cat. It wakes us in the night, or cries if we lock it in a room to try to get some sleep!! I think we are ready for some puppy training!!

And just because I don't have enough on my plate, I have signed up for this local screen printing class! I have been wanting to screen print for sooooo long. My husband even bought me all of the gear for my Birthday last year so that I could try it, but I just have not been able to make the time for it. I don't really have the time this weekend either, but it was just too good an opportunity to miss. Unfortunately I could not attend last weekend's session, but I did do some screen printing in my Uni days, so I have some idea how it works.

Anyway, I have some more work due tomorrow, so I had better get on with it.

Until next time....