Artist Showcase: Corrina Holyoake ~ Artist and Illustrator

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Artist and illustrator Corrina Holyoake visits Inkspokes today, sharing with us her art, her artistic journey and her inspiring vision of maintaining creativity in what we do. Corrina Holyoake has appeared in the pages of Inkspokes previously, as an Artist in Residence and also when we interviewed her about her fun and quirky alphabet book, Animania. Her work inspires with…

Review: The Santa Switch by Laura Lee Scott

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Think North Pole. Think elves and toys. Think Jessica Claus. Author Laura Lee Scott and illustrator Cheryl Crouthamel introduce us to a refreshingly modern Mrs. C. in a delightful children’s book titled The Santa Switch. In it, we meet Jessica C., not only the ever supportive spouse of Santa but also manager of elves and…

Artist Showcase: Lana Lê of WoolyPear ~ Designer and Illustrator

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Graphic designer and illustrator Lana Lê visits Inkspokes today, giving us a glimpse of a graphic novel memoir that she is working on and an invitation to doodle. Lana Lê is an illustrator and graphic designer. She designs and illustrates books for such publishers as Hearst, Stewart Tabori and Chang, Random House and Quirk Packaging.…

From Our Artist in Residence ~ P.S. Brooks: Snowy Owls

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Out of the dazzling snow, Artist in Residence P.S. Brooks sends us owls of the Owl Postal Service! Happy holidays to all! P.S. Brooks’ contact information is below for those of you who wish to contact him on prospective work. If you’ve missed prior AIR posts, they may be found in our Artist in Residence Archive. P.S. Brooks: White…

Artist Showcase: Deborah Partington ~ Illustrator

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Illustrator Deborah Partington visits us today, bringing along her sense of whimsy, lightness and fun.    There is a lightness and a brightness to Deborah Partington’s illustrations, not just in the colors but in the demeanor and actions of her characters. A dragon who wittingly or unwittingly scorches its tail elicits in us a bit of…

From Our Artist in Residence ~ P.S. Brooks: Skating Seagulls

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Artist in Residence P.S. Brooks sends us skating seagulls in the spirit of the holidays! P.S. Brooks’ contact information is below for those of you who wish to contact him on prospective work. If you’ve missed prior AIR posts, they may be found in our Artist in Residence Archive. P.S. Brooks: Getting more into the festive spirit for this…

From Our Artist in Residence ~ P.S. Brooks: YA Novel Deathcat Sally

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This week, our Artist in Residence, P.S. Brooks introduces us to illustrations he completed for his upcoming young adult fantasy/horror novel titled Deathcat Sally. Enter the world of Sally Rancher and Zachary (the cat) and No Man’s Land. P.S. Brooks’ contact information is below for those of you who wish to contact him on prospective work. If you’ve missed…

Artist Showcase: Gretchen Deahl ~ Professional Illustrator

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Evoking a blend of whimsy and wisdom, illustrator Gretchen Deahl visits us today, bringing with her some of her monsters, big and small, and other illustrations that reveal the range of her artistry.    We first came upon Gretchen Deahl’s art via her monsters. These monsters, big and small, tall and stout, each with its own personality (grumpy,…

Inkspokes Fall Art Contest ~ Books Are Magic: Entry from Söndra Rymer

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The theme for our Inkspokes Fall 2015 Art Contest is: Books Are Magic.  This entry is from Söndra Rymer, who is a photographer, digital artist and the CEO of Fairy Tales Imagery, Inc. She is an internationally-featured creative artist. Söndra recently illustrated a book appearing in our Inkspokes Select List titled Tilly and the Tooth Fairy. She also…

Inkspokes Fall Art Contest ~ Books Are Magic: Entry from P.S. Brooks

Entry #8 ~ P.S. Brooks

The theme for our Inkspokes Fall 2015 Art Contest is: Books Are Magic.  This entry is from P.S. Brooks, an illustrator and author based in Yorkshire, U.K. His work has previously been showcased on Inkspokes. More about P.S. Brooks’ artwork may be found via his website. Details for the Inkspokes Fall Art Contest may be found here.

Inkspokes Fall Art Contest ~ Books Are Magic: Entry from Emily Stepp

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The theme for our Inkspokes Fall 2015 Art Contest is: Books Are Magic.  This entry is from Emily Stepp, a freelance illustrator who works in both traditional and digital media. Her work tends to focus on fantasy and horror themes, and she is especially interested in book illustration and concept art. She describes this entry as a photo-manipulation…

From Our Artist in Residence ~ Jacoyln Wingo: Favorite Portraits

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There’s a special magic when the subject of one’s art is someone close, someone we know. To round out our November with sweetness and spunk, our Artist in Residence (AIR), Jacolyn Wingo, shares with us her portraits of her great niece. We want to thank Jacolyn sharing all her wonderful pieces with us this month! Her contact information is…

From Our Artist in Residence ~ Jacoyln Wingo: Portrait Work

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Curious about how an artist might create an imaginative reference for a portrait? This week our Artist in Residence (AIR), Jacolyn Wingo, shares with us a sweet baby portrait and a peek behind the scenes at how she arrived at a workable photographic reference. If you’ve missed prior AIR posts, they may be found in our Artist in Residence…

Increasing Visibility with Book Awards: An Interview with Lauren White from Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards

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One of the critical problems that indie authors and small press publishers continue to face is the issue of visibility for their books. How do we make our books more visible to potential readers and purchasers of books? This is a problem especially in an industry flooded with both traditionally-published and indie-published books and where…