Monday, May 30, 2016

Blog Tour Special: Wendy Martin Art

Hello strangers,
It has been a while since I've posted something on here. Life has been very busy with various projects, events, and the every day chores. I promise to post something very soon but for now, I would like to introduce Wendy Martin. She is an illustrator who I've become friends with the past few years. We met on the Thursday night #kidlitart chats on Twitter. She is an amazing artist and such a kind person. I will step back and let Wendy take you on a tour of her studio. Heeeeeeeeeeeeeeeere's Wendy!

I live and work in a tiny, little house, so space is at a premium.
My studio is a long thin room that goes the length of the East side of the house. It’s about 8 feet wide by 20 feet long. 

The first thing you see upon entering the room is my drafting table.

The cat gets chased off if there is a painting in progress, but now he’s enjoying the morning sunbeam and getting black and white fur everywhere.

To the right of the drafting table is my printer and some filing cabinets.

Continuing to the right is a corner desk where my computer lives about 2/3rds of the time.
Sometimes I relocate it to the living room coffee table and sit on the floor to work.

The computer desk hugs the two walls at the corner of the room. On one wall is a bulletin board and a steel cage rack with tools hanging from it. (Not shown)
On the adjoining wall are all my awards and certificates. Also, some art from friends. Continuing to the right along that wall is a table with an extremely heavy light box. I got it from a printer I used to work for. They were going to trash it, so I grabbed it. That was before I started working digitally and only had a small size printer.

On the wall behind the light box, I have samples of my art hanging for when I do Skype school visits. 
Along this wall is also an old dresser full of things for making prints and sewing projects.
Behind that, you can catch a glimpse of the door way we entered the room from. On the other side of the door way is another cabinet. I keep packing materials and more art supplies in there, as well as back-up CDs from before I had a backup drive and Time Machine on my computer. So. Much. Easier.
I have so many books. There are book shelves in nearly every room of the house. Here is a glimpse of some shelves of one of them. It is the room adjacent to the studio.

As you can see, I’ve packed a lot of stuff into a very small space. I’m pretty organized when I’m not in the middle of the creation of picture book art. Then everything goes to pieces while I become myopic on meeting the deadline for the art. There will be drying paintings on every available flat surface while I work assembly-line style to get the art done on time.

Check out my newest picture book, released this week. “The Story Circle/El cĂ­rculo de cuentos” by Diane Gonzales Bertrand; a bilingual picture book about how a classroom of children deal with the loss of all their books after a flood destroys the classroom.

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