Virtual Author Visits

Since students have been learning from home or on hybrid schedules, it’s been a while since I’ve been able to do one of my favorite things as an author illustrator – visiting schools for author visits! However, I have been able to do more virtual visits recently, and they’ve been a ton of fun. I made this video to explain a bit about them,…

Q&A for THE BREAKING NEWS

I received these great questions about my book THE BREAKING NEWS from 3rd graders at Orchard Grove Elementary, so I thought I’d share the answers with everyone here. I talk about my writing and drawing process, share some behind-the-scenes images, and more! Due to many requests from teachers, I also posted a read-aloud of the book for kids who might not have access to…

NERP! Behind-The-Scenes

My second book with Sterling came out in March, and to celebrate I made this behind-the-scenes making-of video. To create the illustrations for NERP!, I built a tiny dining room set out of cardboard, took photographs and drew the characters and props on the photos through my computer. The book was super fun to write as well, since the book is made up entirely…

Get To Know …

My friend & fellow author Jarett Lerner recently featured my work on his Get To Know series.  I’ve reblogged it below, but you can check out many more author profiles over on his blog! My name is …  I am… an author/illustrator with three books that debuted this year: THE BREAKING NEWS, ALLIE ALL ALONG & PET THE PETS. I’m also a maker of tiny…

On Making Things Better

Recently, my book PET THE PETS (my third book … and very first novelty/lift –the-flap book) was released into the world! The concept began as sketches for a digital painting class that I took while completing my MFA degree in 2D Animation a few years ago. I wanted to create a series of 2-page flipbooks that could be united by similar characters and limited…

ALLIE ALL ALONG: The Cover Story

My second picture book, ALLIE ALL ALONG, is now available wherever books are sold! Many thanks to my agent, Emily Mitchell, editor Eliza Berkowitz & art director Irene Vandervoort for helping to make this book the best it could be. On the surface, the story is about toddler temper tantrums . . . but underneath, it’s about frustration over not having control over things that…

The launch of THE BREAKING NEWS!

Today’s the day my debut picture book, THE BREAKING NEWS, is finally out in the world! To celebrate, I wrote a new post over at Writer’s Rumpus about the incredible support I’ve received from our wonderful kidlit community. More info on press coverage, reviews and ordering below. We’ll also be celebrating with a book launch party at Porter Square Books tonight (April 10th, 2018)…

Creative Procrastination

Forgot to post when this article went up on the Writers Rumpus blog – hope you enjoy! When faced with a new project that I’m not sure how to approach, often my first instinct is total avoidance. All of a sudden, the household tasks that I’ve been successfully ignoring – sink full of dishes, laundry waiting to be folded – begin to take on…

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…

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…

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!