Monday, March 26, 2012

My Strand Event!

Last weekend I had an event at THE STRAND!

I did a reading, shared the my new sample art from Will & Whit, and led a little workshop...

We did mirror self portraits, where we drew what we saw beneath the surface when we look in the mirror. (I drew myself as a lion.)

I might have had a small group, but they were so much fun! And that happens to be Kim Gordon from Sonic Youth there on the left. Which is pretty darn rad! Oh, New York...

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

"Will & Whit" Samples

I'm please to announce I'm now working full throttle on my second YA graphic novel with Abrams Books...Will & Whit! I finally just signed the contract so it's official! My goal is to be done by Christmas, and it's slated for release in May 2013.

The look of Will & Whit...
As I'm editing my script and developing thumbnails, I thought I'd start playing with the look. I want it to have a different look than Page by Paige, since my new character's subconscious is expressed through her shadows rather than her illustrations. I know I want the panels to be rounded, to bring in some dry-brush texture, and use fewer ink washes than Page by Paige. So here are a few variations I'm tinkering with! Process pics...
Sample 1
Border: Black outside the border, with dry brush edge.
Linework: All dry brush-pen. Thin outlined fox shadows.
Shading: Darker digital shading.

Sample 2
Border: White outside the border.
Linework: All clean brush-pen lines.
Shading: Digital shading using some drybrush texture. (subtle)

Sample 3
Border: Black outside the border.
Brushwork: Combo of clean brush-pen & dry brush-pen lines. 
Shading: Lighter/less digital shading. Darker wolves shadow.

If you have an opinion, I'd love love love to hear what you think! 

Friendly reminder...
I have an event at The Strand this Saturday 3-4:00!  
I'll be doing a reading and leading a little workshop making Mirror Self Portraits. Please come by!

Thursday, March 8, 2012

"Page by Paige" event at THE STRAND

I'm having an event at legendary bookstore The Strand!

Family Hour Event
Saturday March 17th 3:00-4:00pm
The Strand Bookstore: 828 Broadway
Children's Department on the 2nd Floor

Family Hour Event: Laura Lee Gulledge, Page By Paige
I'll do a reading followed by an activity: Mirror Self Portraits! Who do you REALLY see when you look in the mirror?  Perhaps you have a secret identity or you imagine yourself living out your dreams?  In this workshop, I'll help you reveal you true self by drawing on ACTUAL mirrors with wax pencils. No special artistic skills are necessary! Afterwards I'll be signing copies of Page By Paige.  Please stop by, it'll be fun!