Monday, November 28, 2016

Help Wanted for Smart Dummies 2017

I'm writing today to say that I will not be able to do Smart Dummies in 2017 alone. This event takes too much time and I don't want to decide between the event and an illustration job (which always seem to come along about the same time as Smart Dummies). If you are willing to help please let me know.

I will be starting a separate Facebook group for anyone helping me to plan next year's event. I need people willing to ask their friends to join the event, people with ideas for the new event and those willing to help me get the word out about Smart Dummies. The big thing is that need 1-2 people to help me send out emails, field questions and find people to join the event.

 I will not be able to run the event next year if I can't find people to help me out. I do hope that there are a few of you out there who can help donate your time. Thank you all so much for everything! I love everything we've accomplished thus far!

Winner's Badge!

I almost forgot the winner's badge. If you won Smart Dummies this year here is a badge you can place on your website, blog or wherever you'd like. Thank you so much for being a part of Smart Dummies 2016!


Saturday, November 19, 2016

Final Grand Prize Winners!

I almost forgot to announce the winners of the courses! Mira Reisberg and Mark G Mitchell have wonderful courses for picture book creators! Be sure to check out: http://www.childrensbookacademy.com/ and http://howtobeachildrensbookillustrator.com/ to find a course that fits your needs. When I went to school I had to pay $1500 for one illustration course. I'm so happy that courses today are much more accessible. Mira and Mark are wonderful teachers and I've learned so much from both of them over the years!


Photoshop or Hero's Art Journey course (your choice) - Mira Reisberg

Yovana Pena

Make your Marks & Splashes course - Mark G Mitchell

Friday, November 18, 2016

Big Prize winners!

Here are two of the big prize winners! Since I like to drag these things out I will be announcing the final two course prize winners tomorrow.


1.A one-year subscription to Guest Group Critiques Mark G Mitchell


Jacqueline Price


2. A Full Dummy Critique - Traci Van Wagoner


Sussu Leclerc

Thursday, November 17, 2016

I have two more prizes to announce today and then I'm going to start announcing the big prizes for those who completed Smart Dummies!



1. "Get the Wiggles Out" and "Let's Cooperate" books and a signed A4 print. - Tom Heard

Leila Nabih

2. Original Illustration and book - Tim Egan 

Phyllis Mignard


Wednesday, November 16, 2016

More Winners!

More winners from the Smart Dummies Challenge!

A review copy of "Toby" Hazel Mitchell

Shawna Tenney  

Torn tissue illustration - Toni Yuly

Louann Mattes Brown

"Ring Around the Rosie", and an original Buddha painting on paper Gina Perry

Teresa Robeson

Monday, November 14, 2016

Book Winners!

Here are a few book winners from Smart Dummies! The names of the winners are under the prize.

1. "The Egg Thief" -- Lauren Gallegos

Diane Gronas

2. "If Kids Ruled the World" --- David Huyck

Jefna Cohen

3. "Manners Are Not For Monkeys" by David Huyck

Karan Greene

I will be contacting you all soon. You can contact me if you don't hear from me soon! I will let the donors know who won their prizes.