Give birth to child. Check. Host family visits. Check. Next up: Finally finish How To Be An Elephant! I’m not exactly sure what my new life as an author-mom looks like, other than that there’s a lot more baby in it than before. A baby—with its around-the-clock needs as it
When I was in high school, dreaming of being an illustrator, and even while at RISD on my way to that goal, I really had no idea how many drafts it could take to get a drawing right. A couple of thumbnails, a color sketch, and WHAM BAM KABLAM, make the final art, right? Finger paintin
At this point, I’ve read a great many books and papers about elephants. I’ve watched hours and hours of YouTube videos and documentaries. And I’ve seen thousands of images posted on the Internet. I’ve filled an entire notebook with notes about their diet, circulation and migration rou
So you’ve got your book idea. You’ve played around a bit—an image here, a scene there—maybe using Post-its or notecards or by making some sort of simple outline. But… now what? What’s the next step? It’s time to date your book. This isn’t exactly like real dating, of course. You don’t
When I was a kid, I did a lot of puzzles with my dad. I was good at them, even the hard ones, because a puzzle is a kind of matching game that uses shapes, colors, and textures to create a completed scene. Now, as a grown up, I still do puzzles every day—it’s called writing and drawin
The new year has me thinking about new projects, new beginnings, and how something very small can sometimes turn into something very big. Like an idea. Or an elephant. Or an idea for a book about elephants. Where and how do these big things begin? Let’s start at the very beginning A v
S. S. Taylor and I thought it would be fun to do a three-part blog post together, to discuss the writing and drawing process behind three scenes from The Expeditioners series. Today is Part 3 in the conversation. To begin reading with Part 1, please follow this link. To read Part 2, p
S. S. Taylor and I thought it would be fun to do a three-part blog post together, to discuss the writing and drawing process behind three scenes from The Expeditioners series. Today is Part 2 in the conversation. To read Part 1, please follow this link. KATHERINE: Hello again, Sarah!