‘Bedtime for Sarah Sullivan’ Wins Coveted Royal Dragonfly Book Awards CHANDLER, AZ (November 27, 2012) – The judges of the Royal Dragonfly Book Awards contest, which recognizes excellence in literature, have spoken, and Bedtime for Sarah S
ullivan by Kelly Paniagua, won Second Place in the Children's eBook Category 5+, Second Place in the Children's eBook Category 6+, Second Place in Children's Poetry for eBooks, and Honorable Mention in the Children's Picture Book category.
For one of my projects, I get to draw a burly handyman who will take care of all your home repairs at the click of a mouse. Hmmmm....this sounds like the predictable set up to a joke in a 90's family sitcom followed by the required whoooooo!! from the females in the live audience.
Bedtime for Sarah Sullivan is now available as an eBook for Amazon and Barnes & Noble. The traditional book will be available soon.
Congrats Kelly, it was a pleasure to work with you on this great project:
I am very excited to be working on a book of illustrated poetry with author Jeff McMahon. This project is also going to be posted on Kickstarter, which may expand its publishing and printing possibilities. Here's a sneak peek (more to come on Kickstarter) Stay tuned!
I liked this character, and have decided to finish it as a complete, color illustration with theme border and all (notice the cereal o's).
I have extracted this character from a side project, the Cornfed Coalition. If anyone reads this, and also is a Cornfed Coalition fan...I am sorry to say I probably won't be returning to it any longer. I'm growing weary of the project, and feel a lack of inspiration to create cynical, smart-assy material. I'd rather be more subtle about it...like those inappropriate sexual items and commentary snuck into Disney movies...kidding. But thanks for your support to all who showed interest:)
I am also posting this on Illustration Friday, as the topic is fitting: "Lonely."
"Lost" is the theme for illustration Friday this week, and so I decided this man is clearly "lost" in his own thoughts: (I also included a few more black and white illustrations I've added to my new portfolio/website).
I just finished another scene for my Jailbird in my Treehouse project. It is evolving slightly, the little girl's clothes have changed a bit (I think it will be implied in the story that she goes to some sort of Catholic school where uniforms are necessary,) and I have added a sweet, semi clueless Grandma character who is totally in the dark about the convict living there. I liked the idea of the little girl living with just her Grandma in a little old person house, and contrasting this with all of the roughness and vulgarity of a secretly hidden convict (who puts up with the little girl's subtle influences-such as crazy straws in his coffee). In this scene, the Grandma is wondering when the little girl started drinking coffee and eating so much.
*I'm also submitting this to this week's IF topic: "sight." Might be a bit of a stretch, but the kitchen is quite a "sight," and Grandma can't see too well...that's enough rationalizing for submitting, I think.
Doomsday always comes in some form, but in December 2012, I think we'll all wake up in America to complete another day. That is one item of insight I took away from my trip to Playa Del Carmen after touring the famous Chichen Itza ruins. And apparently, new findings are backing me up:
I was also inspired by the colorful beauty of Mexican architecture, breathtaking foliage variety and crippling poverty I observed from the safety of my semi air conditioned tour bus. I look forward to posting some pictures if I can get my computer fixed...I'm also looking forward to get back to illustrating client work, and personal projects.
Here's a rough sketch recent addition to my Jailbird Treehouse story idea. I decided the little girl lives with her Grandma, who, in this scene, is curious as to why the little girl has suddenly taken a liking to black coffee.
I thought of this illustration I created recently for this week's IF submission. This is my modern take on Don Juan DeMarco as an infant, with his prim mother Inez, and somewhat clueless, womanizing father, Jose. They definitely enjoy the upper class lifestyle somewhere in the "heights" of well-to-do Seville.
In between waiting for projects to start, I return to my enjoyable side project, Jailbird in my Treehouse. Here is illustration #2 depicting more meat smuggling shenanigans...*Here it is updated with clouds!
I still have some minor tweaks to handle, but I'm glad I've entered the world of html and left the overly complicated flash website era behind. The reality is that potential clients, busy art directors and publishers don't have a lot of time to navigate through fancy, animated portfolios. Don't get me wrong, I still love flash. But for illustrators, html is a better way to go.
I'm posting this in Illustration Friday under the theme,"Return."
This illustration, entitled "Jailbird In My Treehouse" is based on a story idea I had about an escaped convict who awkwardly befriends a little chubby loner girl with glasses. She brings him plenty of the red meats that sustains a hardened criminal, and he, in return, provides interesting company and prison-inspired life lessons.
I'm picking up where I left off on the white trash theme I've been obsessed with over the years. Here it is again, revitalized in trading card form...a black and white sketch right now, and also an Illustration Friday submission for the topic: "shades."