Showing posts from 2012

Korean Illustrators

It's interesting looking at the various styles of illustrators overseas. They have such a unique aesthetic. Korean Illustrator's Group. I love the work of Park, Sun-Young and Chun Hea-Ryoung. These two ladies have such amazing work. They have interviews under the interview section. There is video but it is not subtitled. I want to step into the work of Park Sun-Young. Chun Hea-Ryoung work is layered and dynamic collage.

My First Book of Korean Words: An ABC Rhyming Book

This was a fun intro book for young children on some simple Korean words. My First Book of Korean Words by Henry Amen and Kyubyong Park.

Here's the description from My First Book of Korean Words introduces Korean language and culture to preschool children in a gentle, playful way. Its ABC structure provides a familiar framework that encourages fun and easy learning. The mix of everyday words, sound words and words specific to Korean life gives kids a varied sample of language and culture. Each word taught is shown in Hangeul as well as in its Romanized form, and cultural and linguistic notes here and there enhance the learning experience. Kids will love Ji-min and her friends as they join her from page to colorful page!

It brings up some points about the Korean language not having some of the same letter sounds and illustrations are very cute!

IF: Whiskers

Quick sketch. I thought of the St. Nick for this one.

Learning Korean

I've been wanting to learn korean for some time. Here are some great sites I've found that can help with learning the language and culture.

Sweet and Tasty TV with Professor OH
Eat Your Kimchi with Simon and Martina
Groove Magazine
Maangchi Korean Food Recipes

Jan. 2013 Guardian Angel Ezine

Just finished a editorial illustration for Guardian Angel's Childrens Ezine. Preview. It's not the entire illustration. It will be in their Jan. 2013 issue.

Cocoa Shop Open

Sketch for a cocoa bear shop. Things look so much cuter when written in korean. I thought about Maurice Sendak's illustrations of Little Bear. Especially the story about when he asked his mother for a coat, etc.

IF for Kids

IF has come up with a version for IF: Kids!

IF: Secret

This is a sketch for a 32 page children's book project that I was working on for myself. Based on a Korean folktale similar to the three little pigs. The story's antagonist is a hunger tiger who hides in secret while waiting for the mother to go away. This leaves three sisters inside the house trying to avoid letting the clever tiger inside.

We Give Books

Image What a wonderful program to bring books to kids that need them. So far with my little one we've read:
• Camping Day
• Red Truck
• You Can't Go To School Naked

Virtual Visit

I've heard more of my fellow illustrators and authors offer Skype or Virtual Visits. I'm fortunate to have a nice relationship with the author of the books I've illustrated. Heather and I did a joint presentation with a group of students. She did an amazing job. Webcam needs to be attached. I used a ziggi cam as a webcam. We tested prior to the visit to make sure it would work. Having some kind of projector to have it easier for the audience to see who they are speaking to. Make sure you have an internal or external mic. I actually had to plug in my USB external mic. Then make sure that you specify the external mic in skype. Then you are off and running. It worked really well. I think it makes it more accessible for kids to meet authors, illustrators, or artists.

Guardian Angel Magazine

Illustration assignment for Guardian Angel Magazine.

IF: Shiny

Shiny like a comet passing through the night sky. This illustration was originally created for the picture book "Yes, Jesus Loves You" by Heather Tietz.

Southern Breeze Illustrators Art Show

A dear from in ATL was kind enought to send me photos of my work that was included in the Southern Breeze Illustrator's Art Show in the Decatur Library.

Ready For Art Exhibit

Got my artwork ready to ship for a regional art exhibit of Southern Breeze Illustrators. Excited! I've sent two pieces. One from Twelve Colorful Things and Rockabye Baby Jesus. The 5th Annual Children's Book Illustrator's Show hosted by the DeKalb County Library and the Georgia Center for the Book May 25th - June 10th

Cutting Plexi

If you ever need to cut plexi instead of glass to show off your original art here are some helpful tips. You can get a cutter from your local hardware store in the same aisle as the plexi. I purchase the thinnest plexi. Then I remove the plastic covering on one side. Then I use a ruler and permanent marker to mark my guidelines. Remember you'll want to cut the plexi slightly smaller then your marks so it will fit in the frame. Then I put a piece of foamboard or cardboard under the plexi. The side that you removed the protective cover should be faced up. Then with the ruler as a guide, press down firmly on the ruler, then start to score. I score it 12 times. Then I flip it remove the cover and score the back 3x. Then carefully pull the opposite sides of the plexi together. It should easily snap!

To remove any marks from the permanent marker just use a little paint thinner to remove.

Agent List

I feel like I have a ways to go before approaching an agent. For those ready to make the leap. Found a list of agents provided by the Phyllis Cahill's website.

That's My Portfolio

Image I read about this portfolio site from another illustrator's blog. Very reasonable prices. $125 per year or $12.50 per month. I may try it out.

Updates on Coroflot

Updates my portfolio on

They Draw and Cook

The recipe I did for edible play dough is online at It was fun and done in my digital style.

Updated website for 2012

It's that time of the year to update my site. I went for something similar but cleaner looking. I'm getting more into my digital collage work and decided to feature it on the homepage.

I also sent out almost 30 promos for the New Year. I haven't sent out that much work in forever. Once I get my digital collage further along I plan for another mail out. I hopefully it leads to more work.

Great Indie Bookstores

There is the most lovely children's book store in Bluffton, SC. The Storybook Shoppe. They now carry copies of Rockabye Baby Jesus and Twelve Colorful Things. Check out the photos.

Another indie bookstore that carries a title I've illustrated is E Shaver bookstore in Savannah. Autographed copies!