Over the Summer, I had the extreme privilege of being invited by the the National Constitution Center to help illustrate their new exhibit; Constituting Liberty: From the Declaration to the Bill of Rights. They chose 10 local artists to illustrate the first 10 Amendments. I was assigned the 4th Amendment which protects a citizen from unlawful search and seizure of their property.
To have your work introduce one of the most famous and influential documents of all time... well, it makes you a bit nervous... and proud.
We all have milestones we walk towards as we set out on our book making journey. Having an interview on the popular picture book blog, Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast, has always been one of mine. It's a weekly read in the Holmes house. What a gem of a site; giving readers, writers and drawers a true peek into the ins and outs of the picture book world. And now, as I stand by its marker, I keep pinching my arm... but it's not a dream. It's for real... and so is my smile :-)
It's finally here, the official release date for Poem-mobiles. And to celebrate I've made a "Screen Saver" of one of my favorite spreads, the Supersonic Ionic mobile. You can download it here. If you wish to purchase the book, it's available here.
A huge (mega ginormous) thanks goes out to all my friends and family for their constant support. Without it, this books doesn't happen. I also want to thank Lee and Anne of Schwartz and Wade for giving me this wonderful opportunity. A dream come true.
Well, on to the next book.
OK, where to begin. The past year has brought about a ton of changes to the studio. The most notable and career altering is my partnering with the infamous literary agent, Rebecca Sherman of Writers House. That’s right, “THE” Rebecca Sherman. How ‘bout them apples. When I decided to finally go all in on the author/illustrator thing, I’d already spent the good part of a year researching literary agents from all the major houses. My initial list consisted of 25 possible candidates which I narrowed down to 5. How? I studied their clientele’s work, looking for similar conceptual sensitivities as my own. I also followed them through social media and read/watched countless interviews hoping to get a glimpse of their personality, process and approach to the industry. Your agent is a critical business partner, so I knew I needed to take my time and do my due diligence to find the right fit.
With my list narrowed down, I readied my queries (about 6 months of writing and rewriting) and sent them off. Honestly, I knew Rebecca was a long shot (the dream agent), but I figured you can’t reach the stars unless you shoot for ‘em. Then in May of 2012, the “holy crap, are you freaking serious” happened… Rebecca Sherman emailed me inquiring about my work. We began corresponding over the phone and by June I was a proud member of the Writers House family with Rebecca Sherman as my literary momma.