Spotty & Eddie Learn to Compromise | Book Bites for Kids interview

By heather at 3:54 pm on Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Author Lisa Chalifoux just took part in an interview over at Blog Talk Radio, and shares a little about her experience working with me on our book “Spotty & Eddie Learn to Compromise.” Lisa also chats a bit about her experience with self-publishing her first book.
You can listen to the interview here!

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Goodbye, Baby Max | Book Review

By heather at 2:28 pm on Tuesday, March 25, 2008

I just read a kind review of my book, Good-bye, Baby Max, by Lillian Brummet over at Chrsty’s Book Reviews :

“Good-bye Baby Max is a wonderful children’s book for those who are coping with the end of life. A former kindergarten teacher who currently works as a professional counselor and life coach in Texas wrote the hardcover book. The author, Diane Cantrell, states that the book was written to stimulate discussion on a topic that is often difficult to broach.

The illustrations are filled with gold, red, green and blue in the art are filled with activity, creations on the walls by the class and teacher’s lessons displayed here and there. The nature scenes are lovely and occasionally spotted with cute ladybugs - which might be fun to inspire your children find them….

Children will enjoy the opening and closing pages that are filled with tiny yellow chicks…. Rating 4 out of 5 stars.”

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Artist Quotes | Unknown

By heather at 1:29 am on Monday, March 24, 2008

“Never let the truth get in the way of a good story.” Unknown

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Template for The Cute Character

By heather at 1:28 am on Wednesday, March 19, 2008

disney cute character diagram

If only I’d known it was this simple :) I came across the above here.

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myPANTONE | Spotty & Eddie colour palette

By heather at 1:37 am on Monday, March 17, 2008

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Thought I’d share a palette I created using myPANTONE, inspired by one of my children’s books, “Spotty & Eddie Learn to Compromise” by Lisa Chalifoux.

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myPANTONE | The Little Boy’s Smile colour palette

By heather at 1:33 am on Friday, March 14, 2008

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Here’s a palette I created using myPANTONE, inspired by one of my children’s books, “The Little Boy’s Smile” by Tom Krause.

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myPANTONE | Sharing Colour Palettes

By heather at 1:56 am on Wednesday, March 12, 2008

colour color picker software mypantone pantone

I’ve been testing out the myPANTONE online account coupled with their colour picker software, as I wanted to start saving palettes from my illustrations for future use.

colour color picker software mypantone pantone

The myPANTONE online account is kind of fun, in the sense that you’re part of a colour loving community with a lot of colour inspiration available to you. The best part is sharing & collecting colour palettes… I’ve created an account and am sharing palettes from my children’s book illustrations.

colour color picker software mypantone pantone

When you click on any individual palette, you can see the palette in more detail… rolling over the swatches brings up their Pantone and RGB values. You can also upload an image that inspired the palette, as well as tag your palettes with keywords that describe it, so it’s easier for others to find. The futuristic sound effects every time you load the page is kind of irritating though.

colour color picker software mypantone pantone

The myPANTONE colour picker software is pretty easy to use… you can either create palettes from a colour wheel, or select an image and choose from it 12 swatches of colours to create your palette. The tabbed navigation is not user-friendly, as there is no text, just an obscure square patch of colour… you have to wait for the mouse-over text to pop up to see what the tab is for.

My main beef with it is that you can’t select more than 12 swatches of colour… and I use about 20+ colours to colour an entire children’s book digitally, so it isn’t quite the best all around colour picker for me. For my personal use, I may have to stick to creating my swatches in Photoshop and saving the palettes after each project… and just use the myPANTONE account & software for sharing & finding inspiration for colour.

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Artist Quotes | Scott Adams

By heather at 1:06 am on Monday, March 10, 2008

Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.” Scott Adams, Creator of Dilbert

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Illustration Friday | Garden

By heather at 12:51 pm on Saturday, March 8, 2008

Here’s my submission for this week’s theme of “Garden” at IllustrationFriday.com. (You can click on the image to see it at a larger size) This illustration is also available as a print on Etsy.com.

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Borders | Coupon for 25% off a full priced kids book

By heather at 12:35 pm on Saturday, March 8, 2008

Love it when I get these in my email… here’s another Border’s coupon for 25% off a full-priced children’s book, expires March 13th ‘08.

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