Kelly Light asked me to join the blog tour and even before I finished reading her question, the answer was YES. When Mr. Miyagi says "paint the fence", you pick up the brush and do work. When Yoda tells you to lift the X-Wing, you lift the damn X-Wing. You see, I've never met Kelly Light in person, but her blog posts have been a huge inspiration. She reminds me to be courageous and to stop wallowing in self pity.
What am I currently working on?
The one thing I am not working on is exercise. This seems to never get checked off my to do list. However, my index finger does a lot of mouse clicks when illustrating, so I figure it's providing enough movement for the rest of my body.
Currently, I am working on promotion for my very first picture book, Hooray for Hat! coming out on June 3rd, 2014 from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. It's a book about a grumpy elephant spreading joy through the simple act of sharing.
I just submitted final art for a picture book, Outer Space, Bedtime Race, written by Rob Sanders. Outer Space, Bedtime Race will be published by Random House and released in 2015. I also have another book I am currently doing sketches for. It's been an amazing year for my budding picture book career and I still can't believe how much things have changed since my first SCBWI conference in 2012. I am humbled and blessed.
How does my work differ from others of its genre?
I still freelance as a motion graphics designer/illustrator, which is a career I've been working in for over 12 years. I enjoy experimenting with texture and typography, which in turn, influences my picture book illustrations. You can view my motion work at Bwon.Co
Why do I write what I write?
I write for my boy. I write to make him laugh, to think, to wonder. Some stories are more successful than others. His current favorite is Bossy Horse and Poo, which will never be submitted nor dummied.
How does my individual writing/illustrating process work?
Much like Kelly Light's process, I always begin with the drawing. Once the character is realized with hairstyle, socks, buttons, the voice begins to speak. The words fill the empty space reserved for type.
Next up on the blog tour: Keika Yamaguchi
Keika is an amazingly talented illustrator. She recently illustrated Puddle Pug by Kim Norman and has tons of exciting work lined up for the future. I look forward to seeing her process and what other radness she has in store. Her post will be up in mid-June.