Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Norfolk Academy Art Show 2015

© Sylvia Liu
I'm in the Norfolk Academy Art Show again this year. Local friends, stop by for a reception on Saturday, April 24, 2015, 6-8 p.m.

The show will open on Saturday, May 2, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and be open for a week or so after.

This year I'm showing "Butterfly Dreams" (above) and three panda/bamboo pieces:

© Sylvia Liu

© Sylvia Liu

© Sylvia Liu
I'm also busy sorting used books for the annual used book sale. Stop on by if you are local for some great buys (everyone needs more books).



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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

A Dance Party for Kidlit411!




My critique partner and friend, Elaine Kiely Kearns and I started Kidlit411.com last January. In a year and a quarter, it's grown into a real thing.  Writer's Digest (in its May/June 2015 issue) listed the site in its recent of 101 Best Websites for Writers.

So we are super thrilled and honored, and WOO HOO!

Elaine and I recently wrote about how we developed this site, at Rate Your Story: Successful Platform Building Doesn't Have to Be About You. It's been an organic process, and totally fun.



Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Please Join My Email List

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Many of you subscribe to this blog, or follow me elsewhere on social media, and I appreciate it tremendously.  I am finally getting around to building my own email list, which I will use very sparingly, to share good news and information.

I was hoping to have something fun to give you for signing up for my email list, but for the moment, all I have is my gratitude. In the future, I may give my inaugural email subscribers a special treat…

so please sign up for my email list:



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(P.S. Why have my own email list in addition to my existing email feeds from this blog or other blogs? Katie Davis answers this question in her recent post, How to Use a Time Machine to Create an Author Platform. Basically, having your own email list is the best way to reach your audience without relying on someone else's platform, whose rules may change at any moment).

Friday, March 20, 2015

Do You Need a Hug?

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Have you had one of those weeks/months where life happens and you get distracted? I've been meaning to blog for awhile but too many things are going on. So I'll just share a couple of recent images I've made in response to some sad events in my friends' lives. It's cathartic for me and a way to send a little love to them.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Create One a Day Update

In mid-December, I challenged myself to create one new thing a day and post it on Create One a Day. Since then, I have mostly met this challenge with the occasional lapses, but it's been a great avenue to try out some ideas and new styles and techniques.

The benefit of this effort is that I've been able to keep up with challenges like Doodle Day, 52 Week Illustration Challenge, and #kidlitart28. Some of my recent pieces:

Terrified Turtles Tumble Toward the Treats (Doodle Day T day)  © Sylvia Liu

Rambunctious Rabbits Rarely Rest (Doodle Day R day) @ Sylvia Liu

52 Week Challenge MAGIC © Sylvia Liu
52 Week Challenge FARM using new PS brushes @Sylvia Liu



Valentine's Day #kidlitart28 © Sylvia Liu
Birthday Fishes for my friend Alayne © Sylvia Liu
Birthday Party for my friend Elaine  © Sylvia Liu
A sketch of my daughter after her concussion (which she is still suffering headaches from) © Sylvia Liu
A sketch of daughter #2 playing a giant piano © Sylvia Liu
A wintry illo back when winter was still fun  © Sylvia Liu

Some of my fellow illustrators have joined me on this daily creative journey, including Teresa Robeson,  Catherine Johnson, Doreen Lepore, Leila Nabih, Julie Rowan Zoch, and Mishka Jaeger.

Please join us! Let me know your website or blog and I will link you to my Create One a Day blogroll.



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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

NY SCBWI Conference 2015 Recap

Before I forget everything, here are the highlights of the Winter SCBWI Conference in New York:

Feb. 5: Pre-Conference Illustration Mentee Day 




SCBWI illustration board member David Diaz arranged a day of visits with editors and agents in Manhattan for illustrators in the SCBWI Illustration Mentorship program. He graciously invited me to join. Unfortunately, due to flight delays, I only made it to the last meeting, with Laura Godwin, V.P. and Publisher of Henry Holt Books for Young Readers.

Friday, February 13, 2015

The Bad Picture Book Blog Hop: My Early Drawing & Writing Attempts

Dani Duck has started a "Bad" Picture Book Blog Hop where we post our early attempts at writing picture books. Do not miss the previous posts:

Feb. 9: Dani Duck, PEWE'S WONDERFUL ADVENTURE
Feb. 10: Becky Fyfe
Feb. 11: Marcie Colleen, RAINBOW HUNT
Feb. 12: Mandy Yates, A WORLD WITHOUT COLOR

And now it's my turn. I couldn't find the story that I wrote and illustrated in 7th grade about why turtles got their shells (they were magicians who needed to protect the spells they carried).

But rooting around in my boxes, I found a fair amount of evidence that I was drawing, writing, and making things up:

First Grade Journal

I had issues with my sister: