Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Fall leaves, Illustration Friday, and Smart Dummies

On my walk this morning, I saw my first Fall leaf! 
There are other leaves on the ground, but this one changed colors before it fell.

Happy Fall everyone! 
Some people think Fall starts after Labor Day, Sept. 7th this year, and others think it starts on the autumnal equinox, Sept. 23rd this year. But if the leaves are falling, it must be Fall, right? (Even if it feels like summer with this heat wave we're having!)

Smart Dummies + Illustration Friday = Cows!
(It's always cows with me. What else could it be?

What does that mean? The Illustration Friday prompt this week is: work, and Smart Dummies is a challenge for illustrators to complete a picture book dummy in September. (It was started this year by Dani Duck.)

I wrote a guest post for Smart Dummies (Three Ways To Make A Picture Book Dummy). I also made art to go with that post. The cow illustrates one type of dummy you can make, and it also illustrates the IF prompt of work. (I love it when two things go together like that.)

Here's my cow working on a picture book dummy:

There's also a cat and a unicorn! 
(The unicorn is also my new avatar for September.)

How do these three relate to making picture book dummies? Click here to find out!

Are you participating in Smart Dummies or working on a portfolio?
Here are a couple of other posts I've written that might help:

* If you're having trouble figuring out what to draw, here's a post on ten tips to help you choose what to draw and ten ways to find inspiration.

* If you're just starting out, or are trying to get your work to the next level, here's a post I wrote for illustrators on five things that helped me (and will hopefully help you too) on my path to my first picture book.

* If you're an illustrator (or writer) and want to write a picture book, but aren't sure where to start, here's a post on how to write a picture book in twelve easy steps (the title is tongue in cheek, but the post is hopefully helpful).

Happy September and Good Luck with your picture book dummies!