News and More Charting Stars Concept Art

Morning friends! Excited to let you know our first book comes back from the editor today!!! That means that the graphic novel art sections now begin! Just to whet your appetite we plan to share the prologue with you for free as soon as it’s completed! Which should be fairly soon!!!
Attached are a few more concept illustrations of the Nine Realms characters – we hope you enjoy! 😀 If you’d like to see more art on a daily basis follow Whimsical on Instagram!

Educational Premise for Charting Stars

Once a homeschool Mom – always a homeschool Mom! My kids have been schooled at home all the way through, my daughter just graduated last year and my son is due to graduate next year. Education has been a daily focus in our home for nearly two decades! Our mission as a small family owned company is to produce engaging, thoughtful, quality books to enhance the lives of children. Part of enhancing their lives includes offering educational opportunities and in this series we’d like to focus on encouraging intermediate kids to read more.

How will we do this?

By using art and illustration to encourage the process. Kids love visuals – even older kids.

Charting Stars will be a graphic novel series but we are actually splitting it down the middle. That is, one page will be a full graphic novel format where kids can see the comic style panels, read the word bubbles and get the gist of the story. However, the corresponding page will be printed in regular novel format. The kids will get the gist of the story from the graphic section but if they want to learn more about the story, setting and characters they will need to read the corresponding text to do so. We are hopeful that this style of book will encourage those intermediate readers to take the plunge and delve more deeply.

we are so incredibly excited about this project and we can’t wait until you have the story in your hands – fall 2017 can’t quite come fast enough!

New Free Printable Colouring Page

Hey friends!!! It’s been a while since Whimsical had the chance to offer you a new FREE colouring page. I thought you might enjoy this pretty Japanese/Chinese inspired page. The Kimono and fan are full of fun details and the background can be interpreted in a multitude of ways. I hope you enjoy this one! Head on out to our FREE COLOURING PAGES to download this new printable file! chinese-girl_small

 

 

The Process of Learning Digital Painting

Digital Art is a very new realm for me and I’m only a beginner. However, I’m working hard to teach myself this skill because I think it would be a fun and beautiful way to illustrate another children’s book one day. Attached here are a couple practice illustrations I worked on over the weekend. I’m discovering new techniques and slowly improving.

Read and see more here on my Mish Mash Art blog –> The Process of Learning Digital Painting