You can check out the progress for my latest illustration on Behance!
Quick sketch painting of a woman photographed by Jack Delano in 1946. Acrylic and colored pencil.
Experimenting with paint to nail down a style and mood for my next painting #sketch #painting #blackandwhite #bw #acrylic #vanie
Bought “Puerto Rico Mío”, a compilation of photographs taken 40 years apart. Such nostalgia and a great resource for drawing! #sketch #puertorico #vanie
Let me tell you guys a little something about gladysjose. Gladys started working as fellow freelancer in the adjacent cubicle about a year after me. Although we didn’t converse much at first, we soon began to open up to each other on several topics, among them our shared dream of becoming children’s books illustrators and the insecurity of it all.
Last fall, while I continued freelancing at Scholastic for most of my time, Gladys worked diligently on her portfolio and went to the SCBWI conference in Miami this past January. I remember how beyond NERVOUS she was as I told her it would be fine (secretly knowing I’d be just as anxious). When she came back from the conference, she was bubbling enthusiasm and told me she’d make me go next year no matter what.
Eight months later, she is the published illustrator of "Hazel Wide Awake" by Tinka Ellington-Hooper.
Gladys, you have inspired and motivated me to continue to pursue this crazy dream. I am so blessed to know you and I’ll continue to root for you. If you have kids (or just enjoy children’s books) support her and buy a copy!
Sorry for the lack of updates dudes and dudettes!
I spent the weekend in NC visiting my boyfriend and got back two nights ago. I’m still working on concept thumbnails and roughs for my next two illustrations. I’ll also be doing research for the setting and characters. It’s hard to split my time up amongst all that I want to do in the free time that I have after Scholastic work, but my mentality now is that slower is better than nothing.
Cheers and God bless!