ART DEMO at Sheboygan Children's Book Festival


When you go to an illustrator’s event at a school, a festival or a conference…there is more to it than meets the eye.  Just as in the making of a picture book, the readers don’t get to see all the steps, the character studies, the sketches, the evolution of the final product.  And so, here is a sneak peek at something I'll be doing this weekend.

On Sunday, October 12, I’ll be giving 2 presentations at the Sheboygan Children’s Book Festival.  One is a sketch-scavenger hunt at Bookworm Gardens where kids and adults will hear about "rambling," how to use their imaginations outdoors. They'll receive a sketchbook…and out we’ll go, exploring!  A book signing of “One Day I Went Rambling” will follow.

The next is an Open Studio at Kohler Art Museum where I will demonstrate my illustration style.  There is a lot of  behind-the-scenes prep work that comes before I begin this magical inking process.  I sketch quite a bit before I settle on something. In the illustration up above, I added a little color to the fox, and began the underpainting with  white gouache.  When it dries, I’ll cover the whole thing with black ink.


On Sunday during the Open Studio demo…this piece will be rinsed and the illustration revealed…the unique line work, texture, color, and white space.  My heart will be thumping, that moment of unknowing and anticipation, to see if it was a success.  Then it’ll be the audience’s turn to try it.  Yes, an interactive demo!  Are you game??

If so, come.  Bring the family!  Here is a link to the Sheboygan Children’s Book Festival, which lasts all weekend.  Check out the other luminaries in world of children’s books, and Sunday for the times and locations of my programs!