Caffeinated Selfie: (L to R) Jannie Ho, Ed Shems, Lisa Graves, Dan Moynihan, Gary LaCoste and a chicken standing in for Lauren Scheuer

Caffeinated Selfie: (L to R) Jannie Ho, Ed Shems, Lisa Graves, Dan Moynihan, Gary LaCoste and a chicken standing in for Lauren Scheuer

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Caffeinated Illustrators: August 2014

With iced coffees in hand, five illustrators met for another Caffeinated Illustrator meeting. Borrowing Wifi from the nearby Apple Store, we got together and shared what projects we have been working on, what’s coming up and from where we are drawing inspiration.

Jannie and Lauren vamp for the camera with Lisa's Trail Blazers book

Jannie and Lauren vamp for the camera with Lisa’s Trail Blazers book

We talked about the benefits of Society6 over Etsy and then vice versa (Etsy takes a small cut but you have to produce and ship yourself. Society6 is quick and easy to set up and once you set your price you don’t need to do any more. However, you make less $). One in our group does not enjoy doing the shipping part. I’m not naming names.

Lisa mentioned she has an assistant to help her with certain aspects of running her business and we all were immediately envious.

Some other items talked about:

Self-promotion, reps, branding, duck boats, sketches, copyright infringement, Digimarc (digital watermark for your art), chickens (of course), everything on the internet is free for the taking*, licensing, Julia Rothman, Lilla Rogers’ Talent Search, newsletters, proposed changes to the first sale doctrine, school/library/bookstore visits, Facebook pages, preschool, Dinos vs Dinosaurs, rush jobs, teaching, vector files for clients, Agency Access, Mailchimp, textures, Creative Market… and that’s just off the top of my head.

*this may not be true

Here’s what each illustrator has been up to recently:

Dan Moynihan

Images from Dan's book Hiding Dinosaurs

Images from Dan Moynihan’s book Hiding Dinosaurs

His first book, Hiding Dinosaurs, is coming out soon from Holiday House. Dan showed us a mock-up (see above) and we all marveled at his watercolors and the wonderful story. MFA next year so right now he’s writing papers.

Lauren Scheuer

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Recent watercolor sketches by Lauren Scheuer

Lauren’s found new motivation in her sketchbook. After seeing Scott Bakal’s sketchbook last time we met, Lauren embarked on a journey to try something new with pens, colored pencils and watercolors. And based on the overwhelmingly positive response she’s been getting on her work on Facebook (and at our meeting), she’s on to something. She says Moleskines may be expensive but the paper is worth it and holds up really well. Lauren is looking toward visiting a school for a full day of teaching illustration.

Jannie Ho

Jannie Ho's Halloween ABCs

Jannie Ho’s Halloween ABCs

Jannie’s tab books have been released in the US through Candlewick and they’re amazingly cute. Jannie showed us her Halloween ABCs (see above) which are a part of her series of ABC images based on various themes. She’s finishing a new storybook called Violet Rose “to make and keep” with press-out pieces you can fold into shapes.

Gary LaCoste

Gary LaCoste shows one of the app backgrounds he illustrated

Gary LaCoste shows one of the app backgrounds he illustrated

Gary showed us the before and after of a how-to book with recurring characters, a gaggle of rabbits and die cuts. To say nothing of the upcoming app for which he illustrated a number of fun backgrounds (see above). Oh, and a great Duck Tour t-shirt design!

Lisa Graves

Lisa Graves beside a mock-up of her next illustrated book about the wives of Henry VIII

Lisa Graves beside a mock-up of her next illustrated book about the wives of Henry VIII

A new partnership with Tudor Tutor and quite a lot of illustrations to finish for a book collaboration. Currently illustrating the wives of Henry VIII and finding outlets for licensing her beautiful watercolor paintings. History Witch is about strong women throughout history. We also talked about a Facebook page owner that had downloaded and posted her art without any credit or acknowledgement, claiming that everything on the internet is free for the taking, as noted above.

Ed Shems

Ed's Twinventors promo postcard

Ed’s Twinventors promo postcard

In June, Ed gave testimony to a subcommittee of the House of Representatives concerning the proposed changes to the First Sale Doctrine and the extreme, negative impact it would have on artists as well as publishers, musicians, photographers and more. Ed also appeared on a panel about the same, which was convened by the Trademark and Patent Office. New animation projects, 1 + 11 +10 illustrations for Scholastic, Twinventor book illustrations, drawing monster characters for clients and taking his computer on vacation.

After we made our way around the table we gathered our things, pocketed the swag (promo fans from Lisa, postcards from Ed) and headed back to our respective studios.

Lisa and her many fans

Lisa and her many fansIMG_3813web

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  1. So much fun!!

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