Friday, December 16, 2005

Saturday, December 10, 2005

Interview with Aaron Jasinski

Aaron Jasinski is the up-and-coming illustrator of the books The Heart's Language (written by Lois-Ann Yamanaka) and Fall Leaves (written by Don Curry). We've been in contact since 2001, when we were in a Society of Illustrators 9-11 memorial exhibit together. He does cool work and he's a cool guy.

You can read my quick 'n' painless interview with him HERE.

Friday, December 09, 2005

Favorite Children's Book Animals Stamps

In Jan. 2006, the U.S. Postal Service will start carrying the "Favorite Children's Book Animals" series of stamps. It will feature characters such as Wilbur from Charlotte's Web, Olivia, Maisy and even the Wild Thing from Where the Wild Things Are.

I'm looking forward to a set so that I can frame it.

Thursday, December 01, 2005

Don't Quit Your Day Job

You know, one thing about creating children's books is that it's if-fy for it to actually happen and with the markets becoming fewer and fewer, there are even less opportunities. Smaller publishing houses are closing or merging and bigger houses seem to rule--with a definite bottom line. I mean, if it isn't going to be the latest trend, why bother right? Add to it a glut of folks submitting and publishing houses not being as open with their submission policies and the situation looks downright dire, huh?

And yet we want to do it anyway, lol.

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Happy Turkey/Tofurkey Day

Thought I'd have an old-school drawing flashback...
Have a great holiday everyone!

Monday, November 21, 2005


La Familia, Abraham Ángel, 1924

Well, my postcards are stamped and ready to go out. I'm going to cross my fingers.

Thought I'd let you know about an interesting exhibit going on at the Smithsonian National Portrait Galley. Retratos looks at 2000 years of Latin American portraiture from Pre-Columbian to Contemporary artists. I think I'm going to head on down there and check it out.

Sunday, November 20, 2005

Sketch Sunday: Big Spud

Not that I'm obsessed with potatoes or anything, but as a kid my best friends and I wrote endless stories about Big Spud--a planet-eating potato. "First Idaho, then the WORLD!"

Saturday, November 19, 2005

Goblet of Fire

Well, Harry Potter's out at the movies, but I have a confession:

I have never read one of the books.

EEEEEEK!! Harry Potter fans everywhere are screaming right now. I know, I know. Blasphemy, right? It was one of things for me where I missed the first one and it exploded into this phenomenon. I mean, I like wizards and the fun stuff that goes on in it. I would've normally been all over it. Great thing is, they are books soooo I still get to read them anyway.

Besides, aren't the books always better the movie anyway?

Friday, November 18, 2005

Illo Friday: Free

Here's my illo for Illustration Friday. Topic's "Free"...

Thursday, November 17, 2005

Postcard Frenzy

I've been sitting down addressing my new sample postcards. I sent out a different batch of year ago now. I also sent some with color copies and cover letters as their guidelines requested.

Didn't hear a thing. Not a peep. Not even one rejection letter. Ouch. I don't know what the heck that means, lol.

Question is, Do editors and art directors really pay attention to them? How many illustrators do they really pluck from the slush pile of cards they must have? I'd be glad to hear from other illustrators with their experiences with this.

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Silly Crazy Super-Short Story: Sloth Attack

When the sloth ran amok,
everyone was running...

very slowly.

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Art & Animation

Much has been made of the demise of traditional animation. Tonight I went to see "Chicken Little" and my husband and I got into a big discussion about how computer illustration has truly become the norm now. We joke that we have to thank the Japanese for keeping that alive in anime, but it's becoming true. Sure, even many of those are done with computer animation too, but it doesn't have the "look" of 3D computer animation. I must sound like a Luddite unwilling to brace new technology--which isn't true at all. I'm quite the opposite. I'll admit that I enjoy it, but a part of me is starting to miss the artistry of well-done cel- or cel-style animation.

Monday, November 14, 2005

Kiddie Me: Bullies Need Love Too

My friends and I loved to rollerskate. We're talking, why walk when you can skate? So the 4 of us could be found at any moment skating around the neighborhood, laughing, doing tricks, chilling.

One day we were skating through a part of the alley that was more like a nice street and came across one of our friends, T. Now T. had a brand-new bike that we thought was pretty nice. Bad thing is the bully of the neighborhood thought so too and was standing there trying it away from him. He wasn't your stereotypical bully--all bulk and brawn. Nope. This one was rangy, a little devious and a lot crazy. Fearless 10-year old girls that we were, we knew that if we didn't do something he'd take our friend's bike, so we rolled over to him and surrounded the bike. We threatened the bully, telling him that if he tried to take it all of us would kick him with our skates. We're talking quads, not rollerblades here. He took one look at those heavy things and decided it wasn't worth it.

I sometimes wonder what became of the bully. Did he change his ways? Or, sadly, knowing the neighborhood, is he even alive now? I wonder.

Sunday, November 13, 2005

Saturday, November 12, 2005

All About Picture Books

Check out this website. It's a great resource for information about picture books, their layout, design and history.

Friday, November 11, 2005

Illo Friday: Strength

Here's my illo for Illustration Friday: Strength.

LOL, how smug the strong bug looks, LOL.

Thursday, November 10, 2005

THE Org for the Biz

You know, I'm still pretty new to this kid illowriter gig. I've been a member of SCBWI for about 3 years now, but I'm just starting to really get super-serious about writing and submitting my work. I'm kind of mad that I missed this year's conference in L.A. I had so much fun there last year. I mean, who knew kid's writers and illustrators could get down at a party like that?! All partying aside, I had a chance to attend some really great workshops and speeches and rub elbows with others who loved what they do--published and unpublished, known and unknown. It was great.

On a local level, I'm a member of the Mid-Atlantic chapter. A recent trip to Europe really threw me off for the main L.A. conference and Mid-Atlantic's Fall conference this year--which I usually always go to. Last year I had a great critique w/Emma Dryden, now of McElderry. She really enjoyed my manuscript. That made me feel pretty good. SCBWI is a great organization if this is what you are interested in and trust me, it's worth it.

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Silly Crazy Super-Short Story: Giant Killer Potato

THIS is the kind of crazy fun stuff I would have written as a kid...Every Wednesday you get to find a silly crazy super-short story right here!

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Monday, November 07, 2005

First Kiddie Story

I tell people I'm a D.C. native and they're usually like "Really?" Being born and raised in this city seems to be a rarity of sorts, since the government creates a kind of transient nature for many of its residents. Yet, I grew up in "inner-city" D.C. in neighborhoods that could be alternately called "colorful" or "somewhat dangerous", take your pick. However, as a kid, those things didn't bother me. I just did my thing. No matter how idyllic or desperate-seeming a neighborhood, you can rest assured you'll see kids playing. It was no different for me and I'd thought I'd share some of the crazy stories I have from being a kid. Everybody's got one, ya know, so let's go:

I was in the 3rd grade and our elementary school's field was surrounded by high hills. My best friends and I lived across the street and if we were sitting at the fence at the top we were at street level. We'd sometimes get lucky and see a family member or neighbor going by and wave, but mostly we'd sit and share secrets and talk and talk and talk. At the end of recess, the bell sounded and we had to go line up. I was wearing flip-floppy sandals and decided to run down the hill and tripped. I rolled head over heels down the length of the entire hill and when I hit bottom, I sat up and had to go to class with dried grass in my hair. My best friend laughed about that for years and years.

Sunday, November 06, 2005

Style Exploration: Parka Girl

I was playing around with a new style and had some sample postcards done of this one. I did an event with the Illustrators Club and was surprised when most of the art directors picked up the card with it on there. It's a departure for me, but I enjoy it. Maybe I'll play around with more illos like it...

Saturday, November 05, 2005

Guys Read!

Read a great article about a local boys literacy group at a middle school in this area. Educators are finding a great gap in literacy levels between boys and girls. Why? Most books boys have to read don't speak to them and they don't relate as well to the female protagonists in them or those involved with reading in their lives. Hmm. I can see that. I mean, reading about girls and "girl" things just isn't as much fun as reading about burping and other gross weird things that could happen. No, really. I think boys really do have a different idea of what's fun to read and what's not. I'm all for anything that'll get them excited about reading!

There's a great website called Guys Read, that also talks about this issue and is pretty fun to look at. Started by Jon Scieszka of Math Curse and The Stinky Cheese Man, he knows a thing or two about that touch of twisted humor that dudes love! Enjoy!

Friday, November 04, 2005

Illustration Friday: Night

Here's my first posting for Illustration Friday : "Bump in the Night"

Thursday, November 03, 2005

Welcome to Wawa Moore's Blog!

Well, you've found me. I am a children's book writer-illustrator. Just trying to get published and spread joy and fun and good stories with the world. I'm a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators and the Illustrators Club of DC/MD/VA.'ve got all sorts of crazy kid illowriter goodness to look forward to!