Illustration and Writing Blog

Character Sketch

Posted by on Nov 15, 2013 in Illustration Project | Comments Off

a character from a new book I’m concepting at the moment while learning character design from the great Charles Zembillas of the Burbank Animation Academy

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Diverse Voices In Children’s Literature

Posted by on Oct 2, 2013 in Uncategorized | Comments Off

Diverse Voices In Children’s Literature

Giving our children the gift of a fun book is priceless and so is exposing children to the wonderful diversity of stories that make up American society. Marshalla Ramos is an author who has been sharing her story of a little girl who wishes she had hair like the other kids. It’s a silly title at first glance but a deeper look reveals a heartfelt story of learning to love yourself for who you are, a message so important for kids to hear. Share this story with a child in your life and see how it can start a conversation on diversity and...

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Children’s Book Author & Inspired Entrepreneur

Posted by on Sep 26, 2013 in Uncategorized | Comments Off

Children’s Book Author & Inspired Entrepreneur

Last weekend Larine Baratta opened a unique children’s recreation center named The Big Playhouse. I had the pleasure of helping Larine’s vision come to life by illustrating her three children’s books in the Big Playhouse series. Search Larine Baratta on Amazon to get a book of your own. As if having three books published wasn’t enough, Larine took the themes and characters from her story and made them real. Her new facility for children’s recreation is themed around the characters and world of The Playhouse...

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Bill Watterson Rocks!

Posted by on Aug 24, 2013 in Creativity and Productivity | Comments Off

I wonder what type of pen Watterson used… anyone else?

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Seussism For Thought

Posted by on Aug 24, 2013 in Creativity and Productivity | Comments Off

I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living.” ― Dr. Seuss

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Read E.B. White’s Letter to His Editor on Why He Wrote Charlotte’s Web

Posted by on Aug 9, 2013 in Uncategorized | Comments Off

Read E.B. White’s Letter to His Editor on Why He Wrote Charlotte’s Web The first line of Charlotte Find Inspiration for E.B. White’s letter to his editor!

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Read E.B. White’s Letter

Posted by on Aug 9, 2013 in Creativity and Productivity | Comments Off

Read E.B. White’s Letter to His Editor on Why He Wrote Charlotte’s Web The first line of Charlotte Find Inspiration for E.B. White’s letter to his editor!

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Market your children’s book the FREE way

Posted by on May 15, 2013 in Author Success Stories, Creativity and Productivity, Marketing Your Book | Comments Off

Market your children’s book the FREE way

Recently President of BookBaby.com Brian Felsen gave MurphyToons a shout out via Twitter. You’ve got to check out BookBaby.com if you haven’t already!    Firstly, Mr. Felsen was exceedingly generous to give this shout out, and secondly, you should look for similar ways to promote your book. Is there a reviewer or blogger out there that you’d love to ‘Tweet’ your book out to the world? Here’s a screen capture of the tweet: You never know if you don’t ask, but remember that you should bring something...

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Upcoming Children’s Books

Posted by on Apr 3, 2013 in Creativity and Productivity | Comments Off

Upcoming Children’s Books

I like to keep up with the latest trends in children’s books. I recommend this article from Publisher’s Weekly to all aspiring children’s authors out there – read through the 2013 fall lineup and see what styles and subjects are getting published. http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/childrens/childrens-book-news/article/56107-fall-2013-sneak-previews.html  

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How I Became a Children’s Book Illustrator Overnight

Posted by on Mar 26, 2013 in Creativity and Productivity | Comments Off

How I Became a Children’s Book Illustrator Overnight

I’ve been working almost exclusively with self publishing Children’s authors for the past two years. I have never really talked about how I began doing this so I thought I’d fill in the gaps for anyone who is interested. A little over two years ago I left my full time job as a graphic designer/cartoonist with a company in Austin, Texas. I enjoyed my job for the most part, but eventually, I didn’t feel like I was growing creatively or professionally. I decided to do freelance graphic design and illustration work  until...

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