Thursday, December 22, 2016

Amazing People

People are capable of the most amazing feats if they set their mind to it. Four days ago, a Swede skied to the South Pole in his wheelchair. (news article)

I recently created this image for the non-profit  They teach people breathing techniques to empower and improve their health. I used this image of a woman climbing a mountain in her wheelchair.

I can imagine South Pole adventurer Aron Anderson feels empowered having trekked all the way there with only the use of his arms. Amazing!

Monday, October 31, 2016

26/31: box

Par Avion!

24/31: one dozen #inktober

23/31: slow

22/31: little

21/31: big #inktober

2016 MN SCBWI Fall Conference

Big thanks, to all our fabulous speakers, volunteers, mentors and mentees!
We held our annual MN SCBWI Fall Conference on October 22-23, 2016.
Onwards and upwards!

Harold Underdown, Independent Editor; Andrew Karre, Exec. Editor, Dutton Books
Melina Mangal, author
Patrick Collins, Creative Dir. Henry Holt Books; Judy Schachner, author/illustrator; Alex Slater, Trident Media (and his lovely wife) 

Molly Beth Griffin, author

Jessica Freeburg, ARA; Kate Dolan, volunteer; Alicia Schwab, IC; Emily Taylor 2016 Illustrator Mentee

Thursday, October 13, 2016

11/31: transport #INKTOBER

My first playmate/friend was my brother. We used to build things together, as kids. I preferred his toys over mine because we could combine his toys and "engineer" new toys from them, or make a big, huge tower.

I am a big fan of Hayao Miyazaki movies, such as Howl's Moving Castle and Castle in the Sky.

Friday, September 2, 2016

Minnesota Women's Press Article about Alicia Schwab

My artwork is featured in the September 2016 issue of MN Women's Press! The asked me if they could use my art for their cover of the mag. and directory. For the full article click:

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Water bucket for water media paint

If you paint with water color or acrylic paints, you will need to clean out your brush when changing colors. I find the water buckets the art stores offer, too small. For acrylics, I'd rather use a bigger container. I like this bucket because it has handles which makes it easier to transport to the studio.

Simply take a sponge holder (from the sink), flip it over and suction cup to the inside of the bucket. Your sink will never miss it! And now you can work the paint out of the brush or keep your brush moist when not in use.


I have my loot ready for the Society of Children's Writers and Illustrators Summer conference in Los Angeles.

Friday, July 15, 2016

Friday, April 8, 2016

Paths to Publication

How do you get your book into stores and in front of readers? Let’s talk about the path to publication. What is traditional publisher? Writers Digest’s definition is, “Traditional book publishing is when a publisher offers the author a contract and, in turn, prints, publishes, and sells your book through booksellers and other retailers. The publisher essentially buys the right to publish your book and pays you royalties from the sales.” You do not pay up front to have your book produced but you also do not earn all the profits. A publisher shoulders the risk and can distribute it even further with media coverage and reviews. The publisher will use their expert knowledge in book editing, production, marketing and publicity to sell the book for you. And your book will more likely get on the shelf at bookstores. Traditional publishers include the big five, New York publishing houses. (like Scholastic) and small presses & University presses. 

When embarking on your journey as an author or illustrator, you will want to pitch your work to the right publisher or to the right agent. This takes time to practice your craft and research which topics are a good fit for your genre. You can learn more about how to practice you writing and illustration skills with the books list from this blog. 

Once you have your work ready to send out, you will need to research which publisher is the best fit for your book. Visit your local bookstore or library to see what is currently being offered. The books you grew up reading are different than the books on the market now. Visit the Publishers Weekly to research which house or agent is the best fit for you. SCBWI has a publication called THE BOOK, which has loads of useful information for members, as well. Another source book is the CHILDREN'S WRITERS & ILLUSTRATOR MARKET.

I should also mention self-publishing. With this route you can choose to pay for a fully assisted publishing service. The cost varies depending on the services offered and can be beneficial for those who have no desire to handle the business side. The Author receives better royalties than a traditional publisher contract. However, with the following Do-It-Yourself options you may earn more: EBooks-only Publishing Services such as, Print-on-Demand (POD) Services or Traditional Print Runs.

For more details on the different paths to publication, Jane Friedman, CEO and Co-Founder of Open Road Integrated Media has created a very helpful info graphic that you can link to here.

Friday, April 1, 2016

4/9: Writer's Fair: Chanhassen, MN

I'm super excited to presenting with Ann Page at the Carver County Library Writer's Fair in Chanhassen, MN! My keynote presentation be about the benefits of using illustrations in books.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Giant sneeze on the Sky Farm

This farm scene is finished. Acrylic and digital paint. I love painting vegetables, buildings and flying cows. lol

Friday, February 26, 2016