This week’s EBSQ Blogger of the Week is an illustrator who’s artwork is both magical and inspiring. I’ve been following her blog for at least a month now, and it always fills me with joy when she shares a new drawing or painting.
Who and where are you?
I am a 28 year old woman who teaches art to children from the ages of 6 thru 18 at the local Art Center. I also freelance my artwork for licensing, private commissions, and children’s books, or anything else I can find to do. I live in Des Moines Iowa with my husband Brian and our two kitties Madeline and Tálor.
How did you get started art blogging?
I started blogging for the network. I wanted to gain a following and connect with other illustrators in the children’s book publishing field. I have found that to be a great asset to my work!! Without a network of fellow illustrators I don’t believe my work would be as strong as it is today. All of the feedback and encouragement was and is priceless.
Any tips for other EBSQ art bloggers?
Don’t give up! I have, and still do. I work on it every week…motivating and encouraging myself to blog. Sometimes I get to it, sometimes I don’t. But I wish I did. This keeps you fresh. Even if it isn’t paragraphs at a time like I tend to do, just a picture with a title or two sentences about it two or three times a week will keep your blog visible. Also you must give it back. Find bloggers that you like and post comments. This doesn’t mean you have to spend hours going to blogs and saying something, but make an effort to do it a couple times a week. This not only could help others find you, but it motivates others to comment on your blog. I’m sure most of you have heard these tips before. But I also want to say, make your blog look good! If you’re not sure or a bit weary about going the distance I have, keep it simple and clean! Personally I like how some blogs “match” the artist’s website. Which is why mine does. It should be a continuation of your work, just like a physical gallery show.
What’s your musical inspiration of choice when you’re working in your studio?
I listen to a lot of different kinds of music, depending on what I’m working on. If I’m illustrating a book about a little boy who goes on adventures all of the time I might put in some Our Lady Peace, Snow Patrol, or Carolina Liar. If I’m working on a mermaid I might be listening to Enigma, Sleeptheif, or Sarah Brightman. I listen to quite the range. But there are times when I prefer silence. I have a lot of trees and birds around my studio windows, cars too, but I can totally hear the birds over everything.
What’s coming next from your easel?
I would love to finish making more of my garden mice. I am truly enjoying these and the life they give off. But I am also currently working on a self published children’s book (that I’m illustrating not writing). You’ll probably see more of the mice than the book’s illustrations until it’s complete. I would also like to finish “Poppy”. Sadly she isn’t finished yet, this month is going to be different. My sister is getting married at the end of May and I’m helping the MoH with preparations. We’ll see. 🙂
Thank you Sara for being an EBSQ Blogger of the Week!
If you are an EBSQ Artist and would like to be considered for Blogger of the Week just add us to your blogroll. I’m searching EBSQ profiles weekly for links to artist’s blogs. If you aren’t an EBSQ Artist, what are you waiting for?