On My Mind

-thoughts of a wife, mom, author, illustrator, juggler, toy designer, teacher, camp director, ...



Friday, November 30, 2012

SkADaMo 23

This is the last official day of SkADaMo 2012. Including the drawing below, I posted 23 sketches in November. I sketched every day, I just didn't post them all because I am working on a book dummy for my lastest picture book manuscript and those drawings are not ready for display. : ) I appreciate all the visitors this month and all of the wonderful comments left below my sketches. I will continue drawing every day (it is like my morning coffee) and posting many of them so keep checking back to this blog for new posts.

SkADaMo 23 - Happy New Year!
 
To see past sketches from this month, click below:
Sketches 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, & 6

To see Linda Silvestri's Sketched Out blog with her SkaDaMo sketches and links to all the other illustrators participating in this challenge, click HERE.

Leave a comment below to let me know you stopped by.
 


Thursday, November 29, 2012

SkADaMo 22

SkADaMo 22 - Dreidelville
Hannukah begins in 9 days.
 
Are you ready to play?
 

To see past sketches from this month, click below:
Sketches 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, & 6

To see Linda Silvestri's Sketched Out blog with her SkaDaMo sketches and links to all the other illustrators participating in this challenge, click HERE.

Leave a comment below to let me know you stopped by.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

SkADaMo 21

SkADaMo 21 - Bubble Girl
 
 
To see past sketches from this month, click below:
Sketches 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, & 6

To see Linda Silvestri's Sketched Out blog with her SkaDaMo sketches and links to all the other illustrators participating in this challenge, click HERE.

Leave a comment below to let me know you stopped by.

Monday, November 26, 2012

SkADaMo 19 & 20

SkADaMo 19 - Performing Together
 
 
SkADaMo 20 - Fair?
 
To see past sketches from this month, click below:
Sketches 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, & 6

To see Linda Silvestri's Sketched Out blog with her SkaDaMo sketches and links to all the other illustrators participating in this challenge, click HERE.

Leave a comment below to let me know you stopped by.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

SkADaMo 18

 
SkADaMo 18 - Magic in the Air
 
I can't explain what it is or why.
It's just a feeling that there is magic in the air today.
 
Check back soon or follow this blog to see
more Sketch-a-Day sketches. 
 
Click below to see others I posted prior to this one.
 
 


Thursday, November 22, 2012

SkADaMo 16 & 17 - Thanksgiving

HAPPY THANKSGIVING
This is my favorite holiday and I am finding it very inspiring today. Here are two sketches I whipped up this morning between making pumpkin bread and basting the turkey.
 
 
SkADaMo 16 - Get that Turkey!
This one was inspired by the mad dash for the turkey's at the grocery store the other day.
 
 
SkADaMo 17 - Making a Turkey
This was inspired because my 4yo daughter said she wanted to make a turkey and this what popped into my head as the turkey that I would have made when I was little.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

SkADaMo 13, 14, & 15

 
 
 
SkADaMo 13
 
The other night, when I was trying to get my sweet, wonderful children to go to bed, I said out loud, "Ugh! Why do they become monsters right before bed?" It was like I was hit with a baseball bat, BOOM! PiBoIdMo and SkADaMo! My son, however, took one look at the drawing and became scared. He said, "Mommy! Why are you drawing kids that are werewolves??"
 
SkADaMo 14
SkADaMo 15
 
 
Don't forget to check back. I'll post SkADaMo #16-20 soon...


Thursday, November 15, 2012

FLAP! Book Launch and SkADaMo Update

FLAP! released today! Laura Miller interviewed me on her blog and I bet that most of you will be surprised by what you learn about me. (In a good way). Check out her blog post HERE.

You can order a copy of FLAP! at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, IndieBound, my website at www.AlisonHertz.com or the publisher's site at www.WeavingDreamsPublishing.com. If you would like an autographed copy, order it directly from me by sending me a message at Alison@AlisonHertz.com and include where to send the book(s) and who to autograph it for. I will then bill you through PayPal. If you don't have a PayPal account - you can use a credit card through them, too. Thank you in advance.



As for SkADaMo drawings - I have created 13, 14, and 15 and will upload them to this blog on Monday along with sketches for days 16, 17, and 18. I have some traveling to do and will be away from my computer. Come back next week to check out those sketches.

Monday, November 12, 2012

SkADaMo 10, 11, & 12

SkADaMo 10 - Thinking of you - Papa.
 
 
SkADaMo 11 - Tom Sawyer inspired.
 
 
SkADaMo 12 - Born on the wrong side of the crack.

Friday, November 9, 2012

SkADaMo 9


Every summer of my childhood was spent on our family sailboat. My cat, Twinkie, loved being on the water. Since cats don't want to swim and they have amazing balance, they make fantastic sailboat companions. Every night, Twinkie would crawl into my sleeping bag and sleep in my arms.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

SkADaMo 8

I guess I have Thanksgiving on my mind. This is my favorite holiday and when I think of that delicious meal now, I think of the smell of turkey cooking on the barbeque. When I was little, my favorite memories included basting the turkey, helping my mom prepare the gravy, and getting rewarded with black olives which I would jam onto every finger.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

SkADaMo 7

To See my sketches for SkADaMo 1-6, CLICK HERE.
 
Come back tomorrow and everyday this month to see more doodles. 

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

SkADaMo & PiBoIdMo 2012


In 2011, I participated in PiBoIdMo - Picture Book Idea Month during the month of November while the better known NaNoWriMo was going on. NaNo challenges writers to complete 50,000 words in a month. Since this isn't really applicable to those of us who write picture books, chapter books, or even mid-grade novels, Tara Lazar created a challenge geared toward us. PiBo challenges writers and illustrators to come up with 30 book ideas in 30 days. We aren't expected to write it (can work on some of them during Paula Yoo's NaPiBoWriWee in May) but we do write a line, an outline, a concept, a pitch, or illustrate a scene - whatever wraps up a picture book concept for that individual.

When I come up with concepts, I often doodle my idea so that I don't lose the visual of the story idea. Yesterday, I learned about SkADaMo which is Sketch a Day Month - also happening in November. It lines up very nicely with PiBoIdMo and since I often create a doodle anyway, this year I am attempting both challenges at the same time.

Today is day 6 so here are my first 6 sketches:

SkADaMo 6 - Ant Boat
 
SkADaMo 5 - Meeting Mike
 
SkADaMo 4 - After T&Ting
 
 
 
 
 
SkADaMo 3 - Dog Wash
 
SkADaMo 2 - The Storm
 
 
SkADaMo 1 - Swinging Trapeze