Australian Illustration Blog tour

I have been tagged by, http://christinawald.blogspot.com  (check out her work) on an illustrator blog tour, which originated in Australia and has gone around the globe. Thanks Christina : )

What is the title of your new book? The book is titled Anybody Home? and was written by Marianne Berkes -published by http://sylvandellpublishing.com. fall 2013

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What is the synopsis of the story and target age audience ? The story is a cute tale about an opossum “Polly” who is just about to be a new mother and is in great search for a home for she & her babies. She travels all around a meadow and meets a lot of other animals until finding her own home. Ages maybe 3-8 would enjoy it best.

How long did it take you to put together the first round of sketches? About 2 weeks for the roughs and then finished sketches- went back and forth a bit via scans until we had tweaked it all to satisfaction. My editor was great to work with -so it went well. Finished illustrations took about 2+ months.

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What media did you use to create the illustrations for ANYBODY HOME ? I work in acrylic on gessoed art board. Sometimes I use a little ink for definition. 

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Who or what inspired you illustrating this book? I have always liked opossums- they are curious and odd and seem to be a little bit “wrong side of the track ” critters but I like them and enjoy their visits to my kitchen porch-even if they do eat all the cat food and drive my dog nuts! 

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What was /is your favorite page in the book to illustrate? I had fun with most of these pages,they all had a strong illustrative text,  but I suppose my favorite page might be the fox family den.Image

And what is next after ANYBODY HOME? I am working on a dummy for a book I have both written & illustrated – Can’t tell you the title…; ) It’s a secret- but here is a sketch. Stay tuned…: )Image

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The HUM…

Why we create, what we create, and how we create is as personal and unique as each of our fingerprint patterns.

Many have a story to tell, either real or imagined. Some create to express thoughts & ideas or recreate to share beautiful images of our world. Others of us draw & paint & write dreamed up characters that will otherwise stay in our heads alone, unless we get them down on paper. Some create to release an angst or wrong done, while a lot of us create for fame or money- yes that too.

But whatever the muse~ I think that creating gives us a feeling* that we can derive from no other source!   For me, its a HUM. That incredible feeling of time stopped-in an altered state of consciousness (or grace), when we are removed from the on-going barrage of everyday human toiling.

I remember the 1st time I ever felt the Hum. I was maybe 4 or 5 and made to endure another LONG insufferable evening prayer meeting with my parents. For hours I’d sat perched and restless on a metal folding chair, trying with all my little might not to swing my feet against the bars for fear my father would hiss  “SIT STILL” and pinch my knee again to prove his point. Just when I thought I would surely die there, a woman sitting next to me reached in her purse, and  pulled out a note pad & pen. She began drawing and drawing -her pen magic as it danced across the paper, leaving behind shapes and characters that came to life right before my eyes.

I was mesmerized, I forgot where I was, I forgot that the chair felt like an iron prison, I left the prayer meeting behind and even my father’s gargoyle glare. I was wrapped in AWE and filled with a HUM.

Too soon, this lovely lady (whomever she was) stood to leave. (I like to think of her as the Florence Nightingale to my awkward childself) She looked at me, smiled and handed me both pen & paper with a nod to proceed where she left off. From that day forward whenever I immerse myself in creating, REALLY CREATE and let the world fall away as it may, I get that same sensation …the HUM.

The HUM carries me through all the dark ups and downs of trying to scratch and claw a living as an artist and a writer. It’s my own sweet siren that rewards me when I tune out the world, and answer the call.

Happy creating ~ Find your HUM !!     RebeccaImage

That’s me in the devil red coat : )

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A new Blog- A new world

Greetings! My apologies, but my first blog is all caught up in the arduous task of having a blog at all! Being more “old school minded” with both creativity and living, I can’t help but wonder if F.Scott Fitzgerald & Steinbeck had been subjected to navigating the labyrinth of blogging, (choosing a theme- picking their widgets ect- ) if they would have simply thrown in the towel, poured themselves 6 fingers of scotch and headed outside to a familiar grassy patch with pen & ink in hand. Choosing immediate satisfying creating over far-reaching techno productivity!

ImageAhhh…tempting, but then this blog is titled “Scratching&Clawing” so I must own up and persevere! Thinking of writing a blog, is I think like imagining riding a bike at 6. In your mind you see yourself gliding along effortlessly -like a swallow in flight -wind in your hair,-barely needing to grasp the handlebars. In reality I am still fumbling for the petals…so please bear with me as I learn to fly : ) Cheers Rebecca 

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