Saturday, January 17, 2009

New Studio for JZ Artworks

Well, after 6 months of waiting, my husband and I have finally moved into our new home! We are still unpacking, solving small projects and trying to get settled, but we love it. One of my favorite parts of moving into this home is that I now have my very own studio space. It isn't decorated yet, but my desk and computer are set up, and I have already begun working in the room. It's great! I love having my big art desk back (it was being stored at my parents' house). The desk has a flat file which is perfect for my large sheets of watercolor paper. I also enjoy the natural lighting. My previous workspace was in the basement of our condo, and now I have really enjoyed being able to look out the window while I work.
The room also has a really useful ledge going around 2 of the walls. I have been using this to prop up paintings from my latest book project. This way, I can easily check the colors for consistency as I create each new page. I can't wait for the room to be set up how I envision it, but for now, it is great to have a workspace that is all my own and completely centered around my illustration process.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Pirate School 8 Released

Hi Everyone! Just a short note to let you know that the final book in the Pirate School Series, "Shiver Me Shipwreck", has been released. If you wish to purchase, you can find it on Amazon through my online store. This story was fun to illustrate, because it involves some new characters, lots of water (for some reason, I like illustrating water), and of course Inna is her spunky self. You'll even get to meet Vicky and Aaron's parents! I can't wait to see the printed book myself!