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July 8, 2015

Skunks, Life-Experience & Children’s Books!

By |July 8th, 2015|Categories: Book Publishing, Children's Illustration Books, Creative|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Where do you get your ideas? That question is on the lips of all who seek to create something visually, or conjure up an image or situation with words! And the answer may surprise you!

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April 2, 2015

September 7, 2014

Children’s Books & Deadlines from Hell

By |September 7th, 2014|Categories: Children's Illustration Books, Creative, Illustrations|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

I'd made a commitment not only to myself but to my readers to write and illustrate Who Ate The Gelato?! by late July of 2014, further chronicling the adventures of Jasmine, Topo and Roxanne, but as the date approached like a speeding locomotive I found myself nowhere near completion of the task!

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April 10, 2014

On Book Signings, Puppy Dogs & Deadlines

By |April 10th, 2014|Categories: Book Publishing, Book Signing Events, Children's Illustration Books, Creative|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Spring Took Her Sweet Time Arriving ... ... and I welcome Her all the same with no complaints! La Primavera (Spring) is a wonderful time of year not only because the Earth is bursting with color and life again, but because it brings opportunities for creative people like me that have been shut in all winter working feverishly on projects! Having the chance to visit local schools again and make presentations to kids, or to attend book signings and speak with the public, or just being able to take long walks in the warm sunshine again ... this is the very essence of Spring! With that said, I’m happy and proud to join the ranks of over 30 local authors on May 3rd at Westerville Library’s Local Author Festival, from 10am ~ 1pm. This will be my first book signing of 2014 and I’ll keep you posted of other upcoming events as they develop. Come out and meet some of the best local home-grown talent, right in your own backyard and best of all, it’s free! The Westerville Library is located at 126 S. State Street ... if you search Westerville Public Library on Google it will pull up a [...]

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February 28, 2014

Children’s Books and Current Topics

By |February 28th, 2014|Categories: Book Publishing, Book Signing Events, Children's Illustration Books, Creative|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

Since working out the plot line and script for Who Ate the Gelato?!, I’ve found I have the opportunity to expand an idea that I not only discuss with kids on a regular basis in my book signings and school presentations, but an idea that I truly believe in with all my heart ... helping homeless animals everywhere through contributions and education!

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Why Do You Use A Black Dog in Your Children’s Books?

By |February 2nd, 2014|Categories: Book Publishing, Children's Illustration Books, Creative|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Jasmine was about one year old when we adopted her from the Franklin County Animal Shelter and it was evident from the start she’d had a rough life. Although we quickly bonded with our new girl, she was a fiercely independent dog ... so much so that we use to joke “the Princess has her own agenda” and the name Princess stuck!

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January 19, 2014

Questions Frequently Asked by Kids

By |January 19th, 2014|Categories: Book Publishing, Children's Illustration Books, Creative, Illustrations|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Kids always have questions about kid's books! But several questions pop up more than others, whether at a children's book signing or a school presentation!

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Visual Storytelling / the Establishing Shot

By |January 4th, 2014|Categories: Book Publishing, Children's Illustration Books, Creative|Tags: , , , , , , |

In the world of movies, photography or children's book illustration, the establishing shot is one of the most important as it sets the stage for where the action to follow will take place. Typically it’s a scenic shot taken from quite a distance away and could be represented by a wide shot of the Eiffel Tower (if the story takes place in France), a train station, a field of flowers...well, you get the general idea!

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December 26, 2013

Where Do Ideas for Children’s Books Come From?

By |December 26th, 2013|Categories: Book Publishing, Children's Illustration Books, Creative, Press Release|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

The title for Who Ate the Gelato?! actually came from a real life experience with Benji...the Brittany Spaniel mix that belonged to my wife’s family when she was growing up. While house-sitting for my in-laws I took Benji to Baskin & Robbins for some mint chocolate chip ice cream (his favorite!)

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Welcome to my blog … the Magic Pencil!

By |December 16th, 2013|Categories: Creative|Tags: , , |

But taking a rough idea or “making something out of nothing” as I profess to young children when I’m speaking about kid’s books and the creation process in schools, may just seem like magic to a child!

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