September 21, 2017
I have just submitted my first grant request. It is for funds to attend the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCWBI) winter conference in NY. I’ve been dreaming of going to the conference for a few years. Awhile back I began to look at the costs to get there and realized that it […]
September 18, 2017
Published as a trading card for Banned Books Week at the Chapel Hill Library. If you’re in town, come join the opening Friday, Sept 22 7-8pm I depicted the Rabbit’s Wedding by Garth Williams. In 1958, it was banned for promoting interracial marriage. Official library invite:” Banned Books Trading Card Project http://chapelhillpubliclibrary.org/…/banned-books-trading-…/ and they will all […]
September 11, 2017
Pondering Scientific Method. Always begin with curiosity and daydreams.
September 8, 2017
More motion in everything. I have launched my illustration focused instagram feed: https://www.instagram.com/serena.fenton.art/ I can only say that it was painful to get art from my computer onto a platform that is dedicated to mobile apps. Now that it’s there, I have linked up my fave illustrators and children’s book publishers – and wow! It is […]
August 31, 2017
Getting into the groove of drawing groups of children, I tried my hand at a Welcome Back illustration. The original was done in watercolor with watercolor pencils and ink. Then the scanned version was touched up in PhotoShop. I am loving my digital tablet!
August 26, 2017
Today is national dog day. How did I not figure that out until 5 pm?? Oh wait, I know. I bought a new graphics tablet and have been working to get it to behave with WIndows 10. (Ahem – Wacom – not all artists use Macs). I finally won, but it involved doing a lot […]
August 22, 2017
In North Carolina, school is back in session again. Is it cruel or kind to keep kids indoors when the temperature and humidity are in the mid-90s? There is the distraction factor of math and spelling.
August 19, 2017
What’s a cat to do when the mouse refuses to run? Playing dead just isn’t any what kitty has in mind.
August 17, 2017
Some watercolor exercises of kids being kids. Possible book spot illustrations. These were done as two separate pieces, but they seem to get along well.
August 15, 2017
It’s raining and Allison has bright new red rubber boots, which are perfect for puddle splashing and explorations. My exploration in this piece was how to paint rain. From the back of my desk, I unearthed a rather motley looking brush that I bought years ago at a hobby store. It’s labelled Filbert Wisp. I […]
August 14, 2017
Seems like it would be impossible to be a children’s book illustrator without being able to draw and paint a decent mouse. This one is out for a Sunday gallery tour.
August 12, 2017
Caturday again… time to get fuzzing.
August 10, 2017
A Princess and her Rabbit take a walk. They take one walk every day. She would much rather take her cat, but her cat (Kitties) bites, scratches, falls over and plays dead. So Princess takes Rabbit instead. Rabbit is happy.
August 7, 2017
Hair! My first Illustration Friday entry. Illustration Friday is an online artist community where anyone can enter and share their work. There is a weekly theme and the responses regularly tally in the hundreds, perhaps thousands. There is a current week’s topic (announced every Friday). Artists then make an illustration based on the current topic. […]
August 3, 2017
Last night I went to a grants funding workshop. They pounded home one thing over and over: the artist must have a consistent body of work. If you have work in multiple categories, even if you have very good work in multiple categories, you will not be taken seriously by a group of reviewers. “Find […]
July 22, 2017
Mixed media party with cat in hat. Lots of layers here- some glazing with pthalo blue in the final steps to make the background recede. Al, the party cat is an older, wiser cat. Sometimes all this fun just stuns him a bit. He might rather just be taking a nap.
May 9, 2017
Feeling like a witness to a post-broken-wrist miracle: I am holding a pencil and brush again and making some art! The lines have a good bit more wiggle than they used to, and paint strokes are not as strong.- but I am holding implements of creation in my right hand! Hallelujah!
March 3, 2017
Another in the continuing circus cat series. This one is done in watercolor and ink. The cat itself, was inspired by a photo of a cat who is, sadly, in the local animal shelter. Adopt. Don’t buy. There are so many beautiful animals seeking homes.
December 30, 2016
Holidays are over. The family has all gone home. Tomorrow is the last Caturday of the year. Mr Prince is not happy about his party hat.
November 2, 2016
Fall is here. The weather is gorgeous and it is a great time to get outside with the dogs. Below is a quick pen and watercolor sketch of a jack russell terrier.
October 6, 2016
It’s a late start to #inktober this year. I did a bit of playing with vectorizing the image, which lets me play with the line quality on the computer! It’s also the only time that I’ve used Adobe Illustrator and not wanted to slap the computer.
August 31, 2016
Time to celebrate Toasted Marshmallow Day! Put an extra on for me.
January 25, 2016
A page from my sketchbook
January 23, 2016
Infinite snow boredom relieved by a visit from St Catemew.