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Hello all!

I was so busy yesterday working on projects I forgot to post a TBT Sketchbook post! Good thing we have flashback Friday right?

I realize a lot of these throwback posts are going to be Fashion Illustration posts. For those of you who don’t know me, my first degree was actually an Associates Degree in Fashion Illustration. I didn’t think I was going to do this when I got to FIT. In fact, before I got accepted, I had to do a drawing test at FIT. The professor who looked at my work asked, “Would you ever consider doing Fashion Illustration? You really have a knack for it.” I replied something to the extent of “Well I really want to do children’s illustration, so probably not. I’ll think about it though!” Fast forward approximately 6 months and there I was, signing up for the Fashion concentration in the Illustration program. A couple of things went into my decision. First of all, I loved my fashion illustration classes my first semester. Secondly, at the time, not all the general classes painted from live models, and the fashion illustration classes did so I thought that would be better practice. Thirdly, all my friends were doing Fashion Illustration. Oh the decision making skills at 18! Regardless of why I made the decision, I have never regretted that decision. I met amazing people, created some really cool art, and learned a lot. Also, I now have some fun sketchbooks to show you!
Anne Appert Sketchbook

I had this sketchbook my second year into the program. You can see it was much loved. I literally lost one of the spiral bindings because I’ve taken this apart to give pieces to people. When I saw this sketchbook I had to have it. It has polkadots, is square, and the paper is kraft paper. Everything about it was so fun!

Anne Appert sketchbook1

This is one of my favorite pieces from the sketchbook. Most of the drawings in this book were copies of pictures from fashion ads in magazines. I created the backgrounds. I don’t remember all the info for each as it was awhile ago now, but this one I remember was an Oscar de la Renta dress which I LOVED. This is done in gouache.

Anne Appert Sketchbook2

I don’t remember what designer this one. This is done with pen and marker. I do enjoy the color choices I made for this drawing.

Anne Appert Sketchbook3

This one is also done with marker and pen. If my memory serves me correctly, it was from a Moschino ad. (But don’t take my word for that!)

Anne Appert Sketchbook4

This is another marker and pen drawing. It’s funny, I don’t really use markers too often any more, but I obviously had a lot of fun experimenting with them!

Anne Appert Sketchbook5

Lastly, here is another marker and pen piece. I must have really loved the way these drew on this paper! I do like how on some of the pieces you can see the marker spots from the drawing on the previous page.

There are many more sketches in this book, but I made myself stop scanning at 5. I thought that was enough for one blog post! This way too, I can always post more for a future TBT post (or flashback post!). I think what most attracts me to these pieces is how evident it is that I was just having fun. I was being loose and enjoying it. Using a medium I didn’t use and still don’t really use, I was able to create drawings that were fun and appealing to me. There are still some pages in the book, maybe I’ll have another go at drawing like this again.

Disclaimer: I do not own the pictures these were originally drawn from. This is not intended to infringe on anyone’s copyright, but instead show my process and how I create art.

 

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Hello Everyone!

Apparently I am terrible at blogging. It’s just so much more fun to paint and stuff! I have been keeping very busy, so I thought I would give you a recap of everything I have been doing in January. Since January is almost over, it seemed like a good time!

I have decided that 2016 is going to be the year “Anne Get’s Serious About Her Children’s Book Career”. What does that mean? Well, first I joined a challenge called the 12×12 challenge. This is a challenge where you write 12 picture book manuscripts in 12 months. There are webinars with people already published or in the industry, the chance to join critique groups, and to get your work critiqued by the group at large. It’s awesome! I also joined the illustrator portion of the group which gives the opportunity to have your work critiqued by others and share resources. We’ve already done a critique of websites which was great. (If you have visited my website before, you’ll notice the art has gotten bigger. That was a direct result of joining this group.) I think you can still register if you are interested. It’s definitely worth thinking about if you want to get some feedback for your work and “meet” great people!
Through this group, I have also joined a challenge to read 1,000 picture books in 2016. A big goal I know! However, it is extremely important to know your field, and what is getting published. Plus, it’s a great excuse to go to the library. I am already making a list and plan to visit my local library tomorrow to get started!
I’ve also joined a challenge to create a picture book dummy and submit it in six months through kidlitart. It starts now and goes through July. I am really excited and nervous about this one. I have created dummies before, but there has never been a schedule for it, it’s been more of a haphazard process. This will help keep me focused and create more work.
The final challenge I have joined is one my sister organized. The challenge is to read 40 books in 2016, however, they have to fulfill certain criteria. Some of the categories are “a book based on a fairy tale” or “a book written by a celebrity.” This is a fun challenge because I will definitely be reading books I may not have read otherwise.
As you can see, I have gone a little crazy with the challenges in January! However, one of the things I have learned the more I do this, is that accountability is everything. It is way to easy to keep putting things off or let fear keep you from continuing when you don’t have accountability. I’ll keep you posted on all these challenges as the year goes on. Right now I am really excited about all of them. We shall see if that excitement carries me through the year!

The other thing that has been keeping me busy is the Society of Children’s Books Writers and Illustrators conference that is happening in 2 weeks. The event takes place in Manhattan and I’ve been prepping for it since Jan. 1st. This involves creating more portfolio pieces, getting a new portfolio to keep these pieces in, getting new promotional materials printed, and researching the people who are going to be there. I have been doing a lot of work for this. I went to the conference last year and it was amazing, but I didn’t feel prepared. Probably because I decided to go at the last minute. This year, I registered as soon as registration was open. I am also participating in their Illustrator Intensive this year. Last year, because I signed up so late, it was already full. I am excited and nervous for this. The conference is going to be amazing again. I can’t wait to tell you all about it!

Now, what would be a post without any art? Here are the new pieces I have created in 2016 so far:

Queen Bee

Queen Bee

The inspiration for this piece came to me as I was inventorying periodicals at my day job. I have no idea how I thought of it, or why it came to me, but I am glad it did! I hadn’t painted in so long it was great to pick up the paintbrushes again. This is currently my favorite piece in my portfolio. I call it queen bee. You never know where your inspiration is going to come from! This was painted with gouache.

Whoever said penguins couldn't be airborne, had never met a penguin as resourceful as Sammi

Whoever said penguins couldn’t be airborne, had never met a penguin as resourceful as Sammi

This second piece was from a drawing I did last fall as part of a drawing challenge I created for myself (Again with the challenges!). I made a list of words, and had my facebook followers pick a number. Then I had to do a drawing for each of those words. I did it as a way to inspire myself again and it worked. Everyone had fun with the challenge, and now I have several drawings that I could make into portfolio pieces (like this). If I wanted to. This was finished today! It was also painted with gouache.

Going forward from today, I am going to continue prepping for my conference. There are more things to be drawn, more things to get ready. It’s nice to take a break to write, but now it’s time to get back to the painting and stuff 🙂 Be sure to check out my new page: New Work. Here is where I’ll be posting pieces as I finish them going forward. I will keep you posted about how the year of “Anne Get’s Serious About Her Children’s Book Career” is going!

Happy January!

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