Sunday, April 18, 2010

Sunshine Award!

Today I was pleasantly surprised to receive the Sunshine Award from my children's illustrator friend, Juana Martinez-Neal.  Juana does some amazing illustrations with colored pencils and acrylics.  I've never received an award for my blog, so I'm very happy and excited!  Thanks Juana!

Since I did  not know anything about this award, I did a little research and found that the "Sunshine Award is awarded to bloggers whose positivity and creativity inspire others in the blogging world."

With that in mind, I'd like to introduce twelve inspirational bloggers that I would like to nominate as well:

Cally Johnson-Isaacs
Jannie Ho
Tanja Bauerle
Woody Miller
Leslie Breen Withrow
Tarie Sabido
Amanda Keithley
Mique Moriuchi
Amy Cartwright
Angela Matteson
Katie McDee
Celeste Gagnon

Now it’s your turn to brighten someone’s day by nominating your favs for a Sunshine Award:

1) Put the logo on your blog or within your post
2) Pass the award to 12-well-deserving bloggers
3) Link the nominees within your post
4) Share the news by leaving a comment on their blog
5) Link to the person from whom you received the award

Have a happy day!

Monday, April 05, 2010

Zero to Illo 12 Week Challenge

Starting today, I am participating in the Zero to Illo 12 Week Challenge.  Zero to Illo is the blog of Jonathan Woodward, graphic designer.

The quote below from his blog says it all:

"The time for procrastination, self-doubt and style hang-ups is over – it’s now time to get going and start working towards my dream career as an illustrator…and I’d like to invite you to join me.
This blog is all about my journey from zero 2 illo, transitioning from full time graphic designer to full time illustrator." 

The 12 week challenge was Jonathan's idea to jumpstart his dream to be a working illustrator.  He has generously decided to share that journey with others.  Myself and about 60+ other illustrators will be given a task every week to bring us closer to our goals of being professional full-time illustrators.  I think it's a great idea and exactly the motivation I need right now to get me going.  It will be an interesting journey, but I am looking forward to the next 12 weeks and to feel the sense of community with my fellow illustrators in working towards our goals.