Monthly Archives: April 2014

New Butterfly Book Class



I’ll be teaching another butterfly book class at Studios on the Park in Paso Robles from 2 to 3 on Saturday, April 25. The class is for school aged children over seven. There is a $5 fee for materials. This fun book form looks like a real butterfly and can be hung in the child’s room. Studios on the Park is at 1130 Pine Street. Contact them for more information.




Seeking the Specific in Illustration


I found this article helpful; I hope you do too. Beryl


By Diana Zipeto

For years I have worked as an artist, with dreams of being a children’s book illustrator. At last year’s New England SCBWI conference in Springfield, Massachusetts, I had the opportunity for a portfolio review with Candlewick Press Art Director Kristen Nobles. Among the many great tips and feedback she gave me, she told me my characters needed to be more specific.

It was a great bit of info, as I had been working on creating children’s market illustrations for a while in somewhat of a generic way.

When I started thinking of doing children’s book illustration, I was doing large still-life paintings of objects. Not so fun, not kid-oriented, not even illustration!

Then, I started trying to piece together illustrations.


This one had some actual characters in it, but it was not so clear or fun and it took about a thousand years to create. It…

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