Sketching Through Tough Scenes

Lesson Some illustrations may come easily; they flow, your initial thumbnail sketches are right on target, the vision in your head is transferring just as you imagined! But what about those scenes that are just not working? You know the ones…pencil markings layering up, paper crumbles, fear that you’ve lost your touch and your book Read more about Sketching Through Tough Scenes[…]

How to Show Humor Through Illustrations

Lesson One of the elements of story telling I love the most is showing humor through illustrations! It keeps me engaged, as the story teller, and draws the readers (both child and adult) into the story. It can be subtle, and shown through small details (like an animal peering around a corner, a funny saying on a character’s Read more about How to Show Humor Through Illustrations[…]

How to Use Character Body Language to Read Between the Lines

Lesson As I develop a character for a book, there are so many different components that I have to take into account. When writing about a character, I want to bring him to life by showing (“she was entranced with the clouds while she walked to school”) rather than telling (“she walked slowly”). I always want to Read more about How to Use Character Body Language to Read Between the Lines[…]

Finding Your Inner Child

For me and for the Mrs. Weisz Books Community, we focus on bringing out your story from the first idea and inspiration to getting your idea into book form. Covoyage through the process of writing, illustrating, and publishing your book as you watch Colt Cabana’s children’s book come to life… Everyone needs some extra inspiration. Read more about Finding Your Inner Child[…]

Sketching Movement

Playing with the movement of the next set of bugs living in your bodies…How do their limbs move when climbing, lifting, running? What’s the radius for their arms and legs? How much can their torso twist and bend? When I focus on a specific moving activity, I always go back to real life models. Looking Read more about Sketching Movement[…]

How Do You Develop a Character?

How do you develop a character? As with writing a character, my character never is the same as when he first pops into my mind. With every new idea, comes countless sketches, in every possible material imaginable: pencil, ink, watercolor, gauche, sculpture, mixed media, found objects….trying to get a look, a feel, a well-rounded character Read more about How Do You Develop a Character?[…]

Barnes & Noble Author Signing

We are excited to share with you some very exciting news… We will be having our Barnes & Noble debut with Sugar Bugs! This upcoming weekend, if you could please share this event with two other families who you think would enjoy a morning of reading, holiday shopping, and brushing out those Sugar Bugs, we Read more about Barnes & Noble Author Signing[…]

Toddlers Smile with Sugar Bugs!

It’s never to early to start showing off those pearly whites! Thank you to Miss Mari and her wonderful “Start with Art” class for sharing Sugar Bugs with all the adorable 2 year olds! After reading Sugar Bugs, every toddler made their very own smile – teeth included! They worked on their fine motor skills Read more about Toddlers Smile with Sugar Bugs![…]