Backed Kickstarter of Lorenzo Etherington

Posted on Mar 11, 2018

Delighted to have backed the Kickstarter below!

A 200 PAGE HARDBACK BOOK of Lorenzo Etherington’s HOW TO THINK WHEN YOU DRAW tutorials + a NEW 600 PAGE sketchbook + STRANSKI reprint

I selected the Tutorials Book + Sketchbook 3:

The Tutorials Book
How to THINK when you DRAW will be a 200 page full colour hardback book measuring 8.5″ by 8.5″. The book collects together MASSES of my drawing tutorials, covering an enormous range of subjects. The series is EXTREMELY user-friendly, designed to benefit every skill level, from the absolute beginner to the seasoned professional. The tutorials are better seen than described, so GO HERE for 100 FREE TUTORIALS.

The NEW 600 Page Sketchbook
The Deluxe Collection Part 3 will be a 600 page softcover black and white book measuring 8.5″ by 8.5″. The artwork will be divided into chapters themed around character design, pose and gesture sheets, monsters, robots, concept vehicles, environment design, world building and much more.

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Mimi’s Cafe Kids Menu

Posted on Mar 2, 2018

I got the pleasure to work with Tiffany McClain of Mimi’s Cafe to do the illustration work for their new kids menu and activity sheets to be used across their 84 restaurant locations.

I am excited to finally be able to share this work! Below is the press release with the PR image followed by a thumbnail grouping of the images I did for the menu and activity sheet that has been made public thus far.

Larger sized images can be viewed in the Painted Illustration Portfolio:

One of the activity sheets that’s been made public can also be viewed on Mimi’s Cafe website: here through the kids section: )


Feb 27, 2018, 07:17 ET

Mimi’s Promotes Healthier Choices With Engaging New Kids Menu

Flipbook-style menu lets kids select dishes while creating stories with furry French friends

DALLAS, Feb. 27, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Mimi’s has launched a creative new kids menu that features healthy choices and an entertaining experience to make ordering fun for even the youngest diners.

The flipbook-style menu is a charming storybook starring Elle and Pierre, a cat-and-dog best-friend duo traveling through France together. The pair help kids select a main dish, side and drink, with each turn of the menu’s three-part pages creating a new scene in the French countryside or city, as Elle and Pierre enjoy picnics, riding trains, dancing – even parachuting.

“We wanted to create a new way for kids to engage with the dining experience and empower them to make their own choices,” said Mimi’s Senior Director of Marketing Tiffany McClain. “Our new kids menu is a fun and interactive way to help children review the menu. They can find the items they like and give their order to the server independently and even nonverbally.”

The menu features new items such as French Toast Dippers, freshly baked Kids Waffle, Kids Cheeseburger or Cheese Quesadillas, as well as longtime favorites Puppy Dog Griddle Cakes, Sliced Grilled Chicken Breast, crispy Chicken Tenders, and Kids Fettuccini with Pomodoro Sauce.

Along with their main dish, kids can also select new beverages with their meal, like Honest Kids Appley Ever After or Super Fruit Punch. Last, they can add healthier items to their meals, such as GoGo squeeZ Applesauce and Yoplait Go-Gurt Strawberry Yogurt, for $0.99 each.

“GoGo squeeZ is thrilled to partner with a fun and exciting brand such as Mimi’s. Our mission at GoGo squeeZ is to make it easier for families to be healthier and happier. We hope kids will be excited about this addition to the Mimi’s kids menu,” said GoGo squeeZ Chief Marketing Officer Helene Caillate.

The entire kids menu is available all day, for kids 12 years and younger. Mimi’s also offers all-day breakfast, every day. For a full menu, locations and hours of operation, go to

About Mimi’s 
Founded in 1978 by Arthur Simms, who was stationed in France during World War II, Mimi’s is a neighborhood cafe offering fresh, hand-prepared American-French comfort food and bistro classics for breakfast all day, lunch, dinner and special celebrations. Now owned by Dallas-based Le Duff America, Inc., the North American subsidiary of global bakery-cafe leader Groupe Le Duff, headquartered in Rennes, France, Mimi’s has 84 locations in 16 U.S. states. Mimi’s sources the freshest ingredients, inspiring its scratch-made French bistro classics and American comfort food. A full menu and more information is available at

Media Contacts:
Sara Hundley or Curry Heard
SPM Communications or

Mimi’s Cafe

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Social Media Posts: Week of 02-26-2018

Posted on Mar 2, 2018

1) “Kool-Aid?! I love Kool-Aid!”

2) “Their neighbor was rough around the edges… and the insides too…”

3) “He was sad to retire from the pharmacy but did look forward to helping people in other ways.”

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Painting Andy Estra’s Cat-Butt-Face Sketch

Posted on Feb 19, 2018

Original Sketch by @Andy_Estra (Instagram) : I always admire and am inspired by his work (Thanks, Andy!). This particular sketch amused me so much that I just had to do some painting practice on it! …Of course, there are many other sketches of his I want to paint (and wish I had sketched!). Hopefully, in painting this, I learned something from his work to improve my sketching (and hopefully I did right by your great work, Andy!)

Original Sketch Text:
“Don’t know why my cat always puts her ass in my face. Hope you all have a great weekend”

Original Sketch Permalink:

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Archive of 6,000 Historical Children’s Books (Digitized and Free to Read!)

Posted on Feb 19, 2018

The archive of historical children’s books:
Baldwin Library of Historical Children’s Literature

From the article:

We can learn much about how a historical period viewed the abilities of its children by studying its children’s literature. Occupying a space somewhere between the purely didactic and the nonsensical, most children’s books published in the past few hundred years have attempted to find a line between the two poles, seeking a balance between entertainment and instruction. However, that line seems to move closer to one pole or another depending on the prevailing cultural sentiments of the time. And the very fact that children’s books were hardly published at all before the early 18th century tells us a lot about when and how modern ideas of childhood as a separate category of existence began… Enter the Baldwin Library of Historical Children’s Literature here, where you can browse several categories, search for subjects, authors, titles, etc, see full-screen, zoomable images of book covers, download XML versions, and read all of the over 6,000 books in the collection with comfortable reader views. Find more classics in our collection, 800 Free eBooks for iPad, Kindle & Other Devices.

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Valentines & Chinese New Year 2018

Posted on Feb 14, 2018

May your Valentine’s Day be rich with love… and 新年快樂, 恭喜發財!

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The Frog Prince In Progress

Posted on Feb 12, 2018

Some in-progress images of The Frog Prince illustration:

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Kidlit411 2018 Banner Illustration

Posted on Feb 9, 2018

In January, offered the opportunity to illustrate the banner for their site, Facebook group, & Twitter Profile. Below is the banner I created for them. It focuses on the frequent interviews of children’s book authors & illustrators and the diversity found within the kidlit industry. Following is the full illustration in its non-branded form (Note the way the handling of the music notes correspond to the bird speaking them).

About Kidlit411:

Our goal is to organize relevant information about writing and illustrating for children in one handy spot, right here. Our site includes:

Topical Pages – links to articles and resources organized by topics
Author &

Illustrator Spotlights – each week, we feature an author and an illustrator, who share their experience with you

The Weekly 411 – each week, we compile the new links that were added during the week in an update post. You can receive this by email by subscribing to email updates (in the left hand sidebar)


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Posted on Jan 25, 2018

As a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators, I love to see SCBWI’s growth & success, and I am enjoying the new site update. Go check it out!

From SCBWI’s eNewsletter:

Dear Members,

Now has a new look and new navigation.

We’ve kept the warmth and friendliness you’ve come to associate with SCBWI, and now with a fresher look. What’s changed is an improved navigation that eliminates long drop-down menus and too many links on the nav bar. Information you need most is now where you can get to it the fastest – on the homepage. There’s a new FAQ as well as links to Member Benefits. As always you can renew your membership online with the click of a link on the homepage.

Login and take some time to browse the site and enjoy the new look made with all of you in mind. There will be more big changes coming this year, and new and refreshed content to help you maximize your SCBWI membership. The website is your primary touchpoint to all the news and information you need on your journey in children’s book publishing. We want to make that a better experience for you.

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Our Son Has Come!

Posted on Jan 16, 2018

On December 28, 2017, our son was born!

His original due date was 01/17/18, but due to medical concerns surrounding his small size, our doctors pushed up the delivery date (which was 37 weeks along). Following his birth, lab results confirmed that this was a good call by the doctors, and we are fortunate to have him with us.

He was 4 lbs 3 oz and came out strong; however, a couple hours later, he started breathing fast and his blood sugar dropped quite low. Truly, I thought I was going to lose my son. His body was so lethargic and looked like he didn’t have much longer to live. BUT they put him NICU and and over the course of those 6 days he got better. They released him from NICU on January 3rd to come home!

A couple days after his release, the pediatrician had him weighed at 4lbs 1oz. Seven days later, the pediatrician had him weighed at 4lbs 15oz!!!!!! Apparently, he has been growing 50% faster than average, and we are so happy he is growing so well! Everything else has continued to look good!

We are overjoyed at this blessing God has given us and are looking forward to the adventure to come!

Below are some images (he actually was/is a lot smaller than he looks in the photos)

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