Cover Reveal for THE BREAKING NEWS

My debut picture book, THE BREAKING NEWS (Roaring Brook/Macmillan) comes out in April 2018, but you can see the cover for the first time today!  Tara Lazar, author of lots of great books and the leader of the Storystorm challenge, graciously offered to reveal the cover on her blog.

Here are some early sketches below – to see the final cover and to learn more about the process and inspiration, check out the cover reveal post here!


The Art of Taking a Break

I’ve reached day 70 of my second run at #the100dayproject … and I’m taking a breather!

Over at Writers’ Rumpus I wrote a post about the balance of creating everyday and then periodically taking a break. If you’re on break from whatever you were just doing,  check out the article here!


#100daysofdrawingonphotos is back!

It’s been a year since I began the #100daysofdrawingonphotos project… and I’m doing it again!

Inspired by #the100dayproject coordinated by @elleluna on Instagram, I’ll be taking a photo each day and drawing on it (mostly in Photoshop, but sometimes using the Procreate app).

I’ll be posting daily through the end of July on Facebook & Instagram (follow along @thereul, #100daysofdrawingonphotos).

As of the writing of this post, I’m up to day 7 – here are a few favorites so far.

All of last year’s 100days are gathered here. Hope you enjoy!

The Breaking News

Quick post for today – very excited to share that my debut picture book, THE BREAKING NEWS, will be published next year by Roaring Brook. Many thanks to my fantastic literary agent Emily Mitchell, as well as to my wonderful editor Claire Dorsett!  Here’s the clip from Publishers Weekly:

Breaking News Announcement

The Making-Of the NESCBWI17 logo

I recently had the honor of creating an illustration to represent the theme of the New England Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators 2017 conference (also known as NESCBWI17).

I just posted about the making-of process on the Writer’s Rumpus blog – check it out here!




Finally had the chance today to compile some of the  #tinydragonpaintings I did last fall! Check out the updated page here.

Hoping to get a post up soon about the Museum of Science Forest Animals mural – was super fun to see it in person last month!


Update on my 100days project, #100daysofdrawingonphotos! I’ve compiled them (all 102, due to counting errors:) to a new page on the website.  Hoping to have some prints available soon, so definitely contact me if you have any favorites.

It’s been busy over here with under-wraps book projects and some other fun stuff I hope to be able to share at some point.  New posts coming soon on my other recent personal projects, #tinydragonpaintings and my in-progress attempt at #inktober (see sporadic updates on Instagram under my account @thereul!).