I’ve lost count of how many people have told me they want to make their picture book someday. That’s why I created a whole Writing & Publishing tips section on this site (under The Archive, upper right). Let’s make that someday now. One of the sticky points I ran into was digitally laying out my … More How to Lay Out a Picture Book with InDesign
Alright, people. Today marks the day that The Denim Jungle is officially available to 39,000 retailers and libraries over 87% of the world! You can order yours right now on Amazon. CRAZY. To celebrate, here are some illustration sneak peeks. Enjoy, and happy holidays to you and your little explorers!
It’s Tuesday morning. You’re knee deep into a busy week, and the weekend lies far in the distance… You need a break. You need some eye candy. The Denim Jungle on Instagram Are you on Instagram? I’ve started an account for @thedenimjungle with pictures about seeing the world from a kids’ perspective. Come on, aren’t you … More Eye Candy
How do you find an illustrator for your children’s book? Or perhaps more adequately… How do you find, choose, and trust a person to take what’s been in your head and turn it into the tangible something special you know it can be? There are many ways to go about finding an illustrator: You can already know of an … More Finding an Illustrator—and Introducing Mine!
Thanks for all the great feedback on my publishing logo, friends! It was a tough decision, but your choice ended up matching my gut reaction. Drum roll, please. … … …
What does the word “Ole!” make you think of? Rejoicing, dancing, bullfights, Spain? But before it was Spanish, it was a religious chant from another country altogether.
I recently came across an idea-packed article on creativity rituals, which included everything from naps to bar brainstorming to frequent vacations (yes yes and yes!). They also mentioned something called an “interesting people fund,” the idea of which was taken from an interview with entrepreneur and author Ben Casnocha: By pre-committing time and money to meeting interesting … More Interesting Person Fund
I’ll never forget the first time I realized my toddler has actually drawn a… thing. Since then, I’ve been tracking down fun ways to help her get creative and practice her hand-eye coordination. It’s never too early to prep her for epic video game nights, right? Here are a few of our favorites drawing games. … More Drawing Games
Have an unused wall or side of a cupboard in your kitchen? Try a little chalkboard paint for added interest, usefulness, and fun. Our toddler particularly likes her new creative play area on the other side of our fridge. We hung a
Need a last-minute gift idea for Father’s Day, a birthday, or just because? Create an upcycled photo frame! It doubles as a kids’ activity, too. Step 1: Find an old frame.