Friday, April 22, 2016

The Magic Mask

At the end of last year I was commissioned to do some illustrations for Pamela Stadnyk's book "The Magic Mask". This story follows Jade in a magical undersea adventure. It is a lovely storybook with amazing illustrations. (What, I'm not biased!)

I loved this commission because I got to work with an underwater theme and I love creating underwater art! I selected for you a few of the illustrations that you will see in the book. You can pick up Pamela's book here. While I do not get commission for this book I do encourage you to buy this so that I can work with Pamela on her next book! 


Wednesday, April 13, 2016

The Vengeful Half by Jaclyn Dolamore

I received this lovely post card in the mail a few weeks ago. I told Jaclyn that I'd post it when I got the info in the mail, but it got lost on my desk! Sorry Jaclyn. Here are the cards:

I was going to black out my address, but if you want to send me mail, then I won't deny you. Love that she added a couple drawings of characters from her book. I love getting drawings in the mail!

If you want to find out more about "The Vengeful Half" or any of Jaclyn's other books then check out her blog here: 

Also be sure to follow her on Twitter! I've been following her since the beginning of time and she always has something interesting to say: @jackiedolamore  

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Let's Talk Coloring Books!

It's almost too late to announce this, but I will be doing a Coloring Book presentation on May 7th at the Creative Ink Festival in Burnaby, BC! In honor of this I have a coloring page below that you are free to download and color. The Creative Ink Festival is an event to bring Writers, Artists and Readers together. Last year they were a 1 day event and it was fantastic!

My presentation, "Let's Talk Coloring Books", will be at 10:00am in the Grand Villa 2.  I'm working right now to get this presentation perfected for the event. I'll be talking about the popularity of coloring books, tools you'll need to create your own coloring books and ways you can use coloring books to promote your business. I'll leave 10-15 minutes at the end for questions. If you have any questions or comments about coloring books please comment below!

I also will be on a couple of panels for the event. May 7th at 1pm I'll be on the "Creating Your Ideal Workspace" panel. May 8th at 9am I'll be on the "What To Do When The Creative Well is Bone Dry" panel. I will also be available for coffee -- just let me know before the event.

The event runs May 6-8 at the Delta Burnaby Hotel. To find out more about the conference go here: There will be 68 presenteres at this event and so many fun things to do! 

Delta Burnaby Hotel & Conference Centre

4331 Dominion Street
Burnaby, British Columbia V5G 1C7 Canada

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Coming Back is Hard to Do!

I've been away much longer than I wanted. Times have been tough. You may know that I have two kids now instead of one. This leads to some pretty crazy times. Let me tell you about them!

First off... you wouldn't believe how hard it is to get a baby to grow a mustache. It's almost impossible, but it is a Duck tradition. Sometimes you have to scratch him on the head to get him to see reason.
Taking care of two kids is hard. Especially hard because kids really never listen to their parents. True, their parents aren't as interesting as their hands and that's a problem. The thing is... what was I saying? My hands are so awesome.
I remember. I was going to tell you that I'm working on bringing my blog back to life. It's going to take a lot of time and a lot of coffee. Mostly just a lot of coffee. I've got some cool stuff to show and tell all of you. I just was looking at my hands and forgot everything!

The point is I'll be back soon. Believe me when I say: My blog will be great again! 

Would I lie to you?

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Goals, Goals, Goals!

You may or may not know that I had a little one January 30th. His name is Michael Allen Duck. He's been keeping me pretty busy the last few weeks. I also have a crazy 5 year old named David. I'm getting back into the groove of things. Michael is much easier to take care of than my oldest, so I am so antsy to get back into drawing and writing. I want to take this moment to write down my goals (while baby is sleeping).
1. Win the 12x12 I've done the 12x12 (12 picture books in 12 months) for years now.  I've still never written 12 picture books in 12 months. I'm going to rectify that this year. It is a great community and has helped me become a better Writer and Illustrator. There is still a little time to join:

 2. Create More Dummies I'd like to create at least 2-3 picture book dummies this year. It will be tough, but I think it's a reasonable goal.

3. Refine Current Dummies I need to edit the dummies I have currently. So far they haven't been picked up for publication. I have some strong ideas for these, and I believe the stories are strong enough to spend the time refining them.

4. Make Some Coloring Books I want to try my hand at a few coloring books this year. It should take less time than a PB dummy because the images don't have to be in color.

5. Submit Work to Magazines I've severely been lacking in this. I want to have some of my work printed in magazines this year.

6. Secure an Agent or Art Rep I feel like this is doable this year, so I'm doing it!

7. Send out Art to Editors I haven't done this, so I need to get my art submissions in gear.

I will be continuing Smart Dummies this year. I already have a few people interested as guest bloggers. I'm hoping to have even more prizes this year and do a lot more prep work. It should be a great year!

Friday, January 1, 2016

Time to Make Those New Year Goals!

I had wanted to post my goals for the year today. That was before I gave birth to an 8 pound 15 ounce eating machine at 2:20am December 30th. Now I have reset that goal making for Chinese New Year (at best). 

If you are able today I would suggest making goals for the year today. Stay away from New Year's Resolutions as these tend to be a pass/fail situation. You don't want your plans for the year to end in January when you mess up!  So make some long and short term goals now and forgive yourself when you mess up.

This is my little Michael Allen. 
He woke me up last night to talk. 
Maybe he woke me up so he could look around. 
He definitely woke me up so he could pass gas. 

Either way eating was the furthest thing from his mind. 
Either way eating is the only thing on his mind. 

I'm sore and I'm tired. 

My son squeeks when he wants something so I can't refuse. 

Happy New Year Everyone!

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Resources, Resources, Resources

I told one of my friends from Smart Dummies that I'd give her a list of free resources. Of course I got so busy that I didn't put these together until just now. I can't be selfish, so I'm sharing them with all of you as well!

These are all places that I love going for my own information. The only programs I've not used much are Krita and Inkscape (though they both look like sophisticated programs). The 12x12 is not a free resource, but it is worth mentioning. They also have scholarships for this event.

I was given a few other resources on Smart Dummies to add, but I need to check them out first. I like to know what I'm telling other people to read. Feel free to send me links to any other great resources!

Resource list: