I’m so excited to finally share the first book I’ve both authored and illustrated “Someday I’ll Fly” published by Red Engine Press! “Someday I’ll Fly” will be available for sale in just a few short weeks but I wanted to give you all a quick sneak peek into the world of Pam.
I’m so excited to finally be able to share the release of the Global Girl Dolls and Books which I have had the privilege of working on for the past year! This is an amazing line of dolls from all around the world and each has a complimenting book set in their respective country. This project has been so much fun, learning about other cultures and having the opportunity to draw settings and people from all around the globe. You can visit globalgirl.com to learn more about the dolls and books.
A collection of six engaging fictional books will take children on a journey with each doll character in her respective country. You will be introduced to inspiring and empowering girls who live in various countries around the world. Meet VivienneTM from France, AmahleTM from South Africa, TatianaTM from Russia, Mei LingTM from China, MarcelaTM from Argentina and TiffanyTM from the United States.
Each book will have a fun, culturally relevant fictional story that has been beautifully illustrated, and a special non-fiction back of book which will teach children words in the different languages, facts about the culture, landmarks and monuments, as well as currency, cultural celebrations, and a brief history of the country. The books will educate children on different cultures and traditions around the world.
Written by Shirley Velasquez
Illustrated by Rebecca Evans
Sold exclusively at globalgirl.com
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.
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…
He suggested I go back to the black and white, make some changes and try a fully rendered pencil drawing… so I did…
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.
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!
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…
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?