A Week of Work, work, and….work!

Aside from pumping out purchase orders for our CRAZY Back-to-School Month at Art Supply Warehouse during the day, I have then been going home to work on another book project… which I’d love to post interiors of but have not yet had the ok! So far, a cover sketched, two interiors, and one spread done! I also did a dozen or so character sketches prior to this… I can’t wait to be finished so I can post some images of this book!

Meanwhile, I just received an initial deposit to start working on another book for a Father-Daughter story. :) I finally get to paint some animals in this book! I’ll have to ask if I can post images as they are completed.
Aside from this, I was approached to do a character study/sketch for a large book project as well… See below for my version of what I thought the character should look like:

I wish I could write a bit about the story as it is based on a true story! I wanted to cry drafting some of these images as it has a real tragedy involved with it as well… But it ends with hope!! :)
For those of you who are going or were thinking of attending, I am going to be going to the SCBWI Editor’s Day in Fullerton on Sept 30-Oct 1st. :) I already have some new business cards and a brand new portfolio to put my printed images inside! Yikes! Its a bit pricey but I have not attended an SCBWI event in so long!!! I am pretty excited!!
Tomorrow I will be heading to my mother’s house to babysit her three cats, two rats, five dogs (one pit bull, one shitzu, one dachsund-terrier mutt, and two teacup chihuahuas). I’m afraid… very afraid… :)
Wish me luck!

About maiskemble

I am a published author/illustrator of children's books. I live and work in Long Beach, CA with my husband, comic book artist/t-shirt designer, Joshua Kemble.

5 comments

  1. Your sketches are just fabulous!

  2. Good luck, good luck, Mai! I hope the animals are good to you. Wow, these illustrations are fantastic! I can't wait to see more about your book(s). And my, these images do evoke such emotion..I am glad the story ends well. Congratulations on the work, work and more work, and the upcoming SCBWI event! : )

  3. What wonderful character studies!! Have fun at the SCBWI event and I hope the pet sitting went well! :)

  4. thank you so much everyone! :)

  5. Your work is just so beautiful and expressive. The emotion you capture is breathtaking,

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