Recently my friend and fellow illustrator Alice Ratterree mentioned that she had begun a mentorship with the awe inspiring EB Lewis. She was enjoying the one-on-one class so much that I just had to check out what she was talking about. Mr. Lewis offers one-on-one tutoring sessions for a very reasonable fee and I right away snapped up the opportunity to work with a true master of watercolor. My experience with Mr. Lewis has been wonderful, I’m learning new things every week and I can’t wait to see what I learn next! Here’s a little taste of what we’re doing. Mr. Lewis saw my small black and white sketch of a boy and alligator and liked the drawing, he suggested we work on it and take it to a painting.

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So, I painted it… and he didn’t really like my painting (that’s one thing I LOVE about Mr. Lewis, he doesn’t just tell me it’s good if it’s not, he tells me why he doesn’t like it and makes me do it over again). His critique, too flat, not enough depth, not looking at good enough resource…

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He suggested I go back to the black and white, make some changes and try a fully rendered pencil drawing… so I did…

 

 

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Then he suggested painting over my pencil, to see what happened. He liked this one better, but his critique was that there was a background and foreground but that there was no middle ground and he felt I was still just “coloring” with my watercolors. Plus the pencil muddied things up too much. As usual he was right.

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Try number four, he liked it! Now there’s foreground, middle ground and background and I’m not just coloring with my paints, I’m using them as watercolors should be used!alligator5 1024x797 Mentoring with EB Lewis

 

Yay for EB Lewis and his wonderful mentor program. I’m continuing my work with him and can’t wait to see where I end up!

 

Naughty Nana Book Release

November 9th, 2013 | Posted by Rebecca Evans in Books | Naughty Nana | News - (1 Comments)
The children’s picture book, Naughty Nana, is being launched this month, just in time for holiday shopping.  Written by former teacher and administrator, Saralyn Richard, and illustrated by veteran artist Rebecca Evans, it tells of the mostly-true exploits of an irresistible Old English sheepdog puppy, who just wants to have fun.  Her laugh-out-loud adventures will give readers many hours of memorable and thought-provoking pleasure.
Reading is so important to the development of children, and this book is not only entertaining, but also presents a positive message for young readers.  It will be of interest to adults who have children or grandchildren, as well as all of the dog lovers out there.
The book is available in hardback and softcover through the website:  https://palmcirclepress.com.  Purchasers can opt for autographs by the author and by Nana, herself!
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Naughty Nana
Written by Saralyn Richard
Illustrated by Rebecca Evans
©2013 Saralyn Richard

Just some character sketches I was working on for an asian family and a teacher!character lineup Character Study   Asian Family

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Boy and Father Character Study   Asian Family

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Just playing today…

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SCBWI LA 2013

September 11th, 2013 | Posted by Rebecca Evans in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

This year I had the amazing opportunity to attend the SCBWI LA 2013 conference. It was an unbelievable lineup of non-stop stars and professionals I admire. I learned so much listening to David Wiesner, Tom Lichtenheld, Kirby Larson, Jarrett Krosoczka, Guiseppe Castellano, Richard Peck and so many, many more! It’s so much fun rubbing shoulders with your hero’s and learning about their struggles, successes and advice. I cant thank Steve Moser and Lynn Oliver enough for all that they have done!

While there I even had the opportunity to sell and sign copies of The Shopkeepers Bear…

Rebecca Evans signing books SCBWI LA 2013

And we had fun attending a fabulous Black and White Gala. My friend and wonderful crit partner Lynn Alpert and I decided to go wild and use our illustration skills on our faces with a combination of makeup and face paint. After all, what other kind of party can you attend where painting your face with a giant peacock is considered totally normal?

 

 

 

Lynn Alpert and Rebecca Evans SCBWI LA 2013

I just finished sending out my newest round of promotional postcards, as an illustrator it’s something I do 3-4 times per year, and I wanted to share them with you. I was pleased with the way they  turned out and hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

 

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This spring the amazing illustration magazine 3×3 (www.3x3mag.com) opened its doors for entries to their contest to be included in the magazine. It is such an inspirational magazine that I jumped at the chance to be a part of it. So I worked my fingers to the bone and sent off an entry. I have yet to find out if I made it in or not but I thought you all might like to share in my creation while I wait for news!

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Speaking with SCBWI

April 26th, 2013 | Posted by Rebecca Evans in News | SCBWI - (2 Comments)

This past weekend I had the opportunity to speak at a regional SCBWI event. I had such a great time sharing my experience with other members and getting to know my fellow writers and illustrators better. I wanted to share with everyone a blog post by one of our regional advisors about the event. Sue is amazing and I can’t wait to spend more time with her this year!

http://childishnonsense.wordpress.com/2013/04/26/bear-style-picture-book/

SCBWI – ABC Free Event
The Secret Life of Illustrators
Featuring Illustrator Rebecca Evans

Rebecca will use her newest book to demonstrate the creation and evolution of a picture book from the illustrator’s perspective. Revealing all the illustrators secrets of what we do, how we do it, and how we work with the publishers and authors.

Saturday, April 20th 3:00-5:00
The Red Canoe Bookstore, Baltimore, 4337 Harford Road, Baltimore, MD 21214

http://www.redcanoe.bz

Don’t miss this wonderful FREE event with book sales and an autograph session!

 

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