The color tests for the protagonists and antagonists are one of my favorite parts of illustrating. Here are my Quitting monster illustration color tests.
2019 marks the year that I blasted off on my children's picture book writing and illustration adventure. This picture collage marks some of the highlights.
For my first two classroom readings of my character building book I went to two separate kindergarten classrooms where I knew none of the kids and only one of the teachers. That’s where I introduced character concepts through my fictional karate story.
Michi’s room stays very tidy. But I hope she doesn’t constantly return all of her items out of worry over what people think of her. I hope she can relax and be herself in her own room.
Makoto, the main character in my children’s picture book, likes to keep it fun. Here we get to know this nine-year-old boy by the things in Makoto's room.
The name for this symbol for Ryukyu is the mitsudomoe. Mitsudomoe has a literal meaning of “three comma-looking shapes.” The Ryukyu island chain makes up what used to be an independent country called the Ryukyu Kingdom. That is what it was when they developed the martial arts there which were later called karate.
“The Can-Do Karate Kid” cover has three symbols: the Liberty Bell, the symbol for Okinawa, and a fist. In martial arts, the fist symbolism is for kempo...
Someone asked me why I have the Liberty Bell as one of the symbols on the cover of my debut karate children’s picture book. It was not random or an accident. I thoughtfully and purposefully chose that symbol. It is only one aspect of “The Can-Do Karate Kid” cover symbolism. Join me as we explore this symbol on the cover and what it represents.
I’m currently polishing up the illustrations for my first children's picture book. In the meantime, here are some details about the story. BASICS OF THIS CHILDREN'S PICTURE BOOK GENRE: Realistic fiction…