Monday, March 30, 2015

NEW RELEASE! AVAILABLE MAY 2015



I'm so excited that I can officially announce the release date of May 1st, 2015 for my first author/illustrator book, "Let's Count Fish!"

If you've been following my instagram, twitter or Facebook - even this blog - you've surely seen how I was obsessed with drawing fish for quite some time. I had absolutely no reason what-so-ever for drawing them other than they made me happy. 


(a few original sketches - the ones on the right I scribbled in church!)

One day I was counting them to see how many I had drawn, and it dawned on me that they are so cute and funny they would make a GREAT, simple counting book!

So that is what I presented to  my publisher and that is what they accepted!

 MAY 1ST! BUY IT! 
YAAAAAAAYYYYYY!!!!!! 




Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Website Update.

I know it seems silly having a "blog" and a "portfolio" - but everyone does. Portfolio sites tend to be cleaner and more simple (and in many cases free of typos!)

I've always had the link off to the left over there (a little bit under my cartoon drawing of myself), but in case incase you've never noticed it - or it's been awhile since you clicked on it - I took some time to put up some new artwork. 

Go ahead and take a look! http://cargocollective.com/michaelaschuett




In the mean time - I've been feverishly working to finish up a few projects - including "I AM A UNICORN!" - so hopefully I will have some EXTRA GOOD and exciting news soon!

ALSO! I managed to outline, mock up and make sketches for TWO NEW ADVENTURES for Goat and Frog. Looks like I might have a series of books inside my head. I just love the characters so much - I hope everyone else loves them as much as I do. 

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Couch Chickens Party - #wip



Our almost-two-year-old loves, loves, LOVES to have couch cushion parties (you know what I mean - everyone did it as a kid - you pull all the cushions off every piece of furniture in the room and just jump around). 

BUT! Here's the thing. He's not yet two, and he can't say the word "cushion" correctly. He hilariously says "chickens" instead. And he asks so politely and slowly. "Couch? Chickens? Party? Please?" 

Of course we don't correct him? What kind of parent would do that? 
(he also calls his blanket a "cookie" - but that's not quite as funny)

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Another sneak peek!


Okay - so I couldn't resist! Anther peek of a detail shot from a page in my "I AM A UNICORN!" book. For whatever reason I am completely in love with these scissors and glue! 

Thursday, February 26, 2015

I AM A UNICORN!


It's been a rough couple of weeks. Everyone was sick - multiple times - and the weather has been so very cold and snowy. But while we were all stuck inside I managed to write and sketch an entire book!  This will probably be all I show for a long time because I'm going package it up and submit it to literary agents. If it never gets anywhere - I will not be sad or frustrated. I will learn something from every rejection and just keep trying. It needs to be done. Wish me luck! 


Thursday, February 12, 2015

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Go ahead! Have these!


Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Postcard Time!


So I officially made my first self-promotional postcard to send out. It's really tough - to know what to put out there. But - if they don't know they exist - then they can't hire me. Right? Here are a few process shots of my postcard drawing. 

Step 1: 
Ideas! Sketch, sketch, sketch. I decided on a summer/playing theme. Most publishers and companies work months in advance, and I wanted to focus on outside fun. So I picked a variety of outside fun activities and started sketching. There were actually pages and pages of sketches. Because most of what I do is digital, I tend to sketch fast and loose, and don't worry about clean up until after i have my composition. Below are the final characters I stuck with.




Step 2:
After I had a handful of  characters I liked, I had to arrange them on a scene. It currently looks pretty sparse and boring - but I knew that I would add in clouds and flowers and trees and other stuff that I didn't bother to sketch in. (sometimes photoshop is waaaaaaaaay faster).



Step 3:
Color blocking. I've done this step in both photoshop and illustrator. AND if it's not a very complex project - photoshop works just fine. But this one had a lot of parts - and it's easier to change things in illustrator. ALSO (pro tip!) stay organized! Use layers and group items that stay together! This step is really long and sometimes quite boring. 


Step 4:
Textures, highlights/shadows, details. The MOST fun part of illustrating is making all the little details. I like giving things cute faces (like the sun and the bee). Photoshop is much easier for this step. I have a variety of brushes that I am partial to for textures and lines. 



 And here is the final piece! Back and Front. 
(of course I had to include all those crazy little fishes i've been drawing)




Sunday, February 1, 2015

A bible verse for kids.

Step #3: textures, lines, highlights and shadows added in photoshop. 

step #1: sketch out ideas... (this is actually a finalized version of the sketch, really there are 4 pages of scribbles - characters in different poses - including a turtle who got cut from the final scene)
Step #2: Color block in illustrator. very boring and flat. If it were to be a vector file, highlights, shadows and details would have been added here - but I intended to take it into photoshop to finish it off.