by robin gayle howard

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And one more completed to add to the portfolio. I am being a bit adventurous by including a mixed media piece. This is my favorite way to work, so I thought I’d just go for it!



Here’s another version of the “Big Red” character for my portfolio. Big Red

Check out my ILLUSTRATIONS page for the first view. I really need to finish writing this fun little twist on a fairy tale classic story.  Hmm.  Where to fit that on my schedule?

One more sketch to go and a full spread (two pages) to paint to finish my portfolio by April 5th.  The next sketch is going to be a bit more tricky.  I guess it would be a good idea to come up with a PLAN B just in case I don’t like the results.  Stay tuned to see how things turn out!

I can’t believe that February is past half over already.  Time flies!  With crazy busy work days, a two year old grand-daughter and another on the way,my other son’s wedding plans for next year and working to improve my art skills with various classes (a big thank you to Tam Laporte and LIFEBOOK 2014 and Jane Davenport’s Express Yourself), I haven’t been very faithful in updating my blog.  So here goes.


This week is a stay-cation week for me with a focus on updating my portfolio for another review at our local SCBWI event in early April.  I’ve been experimenting with new supplies and having way too much fun . . . but, sad to say, new art supplies are very addictive 😉 and one can never ever have enough shades of every color in all type of supplies to make endless rainbows, she says!

Yet, I really have accomplished a lot this week, even with all of my play.  And it is only Wednesday – YAHOO!!  I have one more sketch to finish, then two to paint.  I reworked some of my previous boring pieces and added a few new ones that are much more fun.  I have learned a great deal over the past year, but still have so much more to learn.  Check out my ILLUSTRATION page that includes my newest work.  Hope you all have a blessed week!

P.S.  If you’d like to know which art supplies are absolutely the most addictive and can’t wait to have way too much fun playing with them, check out the above mentioned on-line classes.  Art is the only addiction I know where you end up feeling better than before you started.

The long awaited day finally arrived. Yesterday I spent several hours with the fabulous and talented Mira Reisberg, “The Picture Book Whisperer,” in a review of  my portfolio in preparation for the Northern/Central California Spring Spirit Conference on April 6 (check out the link which just happens to have my logo as the masthead-grin).

Bee oh honeyMira went through each piece, showed me where improvements could be made, helped me learn more photoshop tools to make the revision task much easier, and checked through my sketchbook for pieces with possibility to add.  She also gave me advice on the order of my work and how to enhance the look of the portfolio.  Then she designed two business cards for me.  She really achieved a tremendous amount of work in three hours.  Thank you thank you thank you, Mira!  I will be ready for April 6.

So you’d like amp up your portfolio, but you don’t live in the Sacramento area?  No problemo!  Mira will work with you over Skype. Check the link on her name above.  Yay! 

I have been in many different classes and an on-line course with Mira and would highly recommend her courses to anyone who is willing to be challenged to grow.

I’m so glad I took the week off of work.  Revisions, here I come!

I have been a drawing maniac this weekend!  And I love it.  I have never felt more productive.  I have my sight set on the goal to have a portfolio ready by April.  I know I can do it, but I also want to finish well.  I want all of my artwork to be the best that it can be.  I am so thankful for my Wiggio group members from my online illustration course, Make Your Splashes  – Make Your Marks, who always give great critiques.  We are all on task for helping each artist improve their craft.  Thank you, Mark Mitchell, for bringing us all together.   Have a blessed week.