Sunday, March 23, 2014

The Art of Digestion

Here is a new thing. 


I watched the documentary "The Phantom Tollbooth: Beyond Expectations" at the most recent SCBWI Western Washington meeting. It is fantastic! I was inspired to make this sequence about the digestion of knowledge.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Seattle Spring SCBWI Conference

I am so happy to share that I will be able to attend the Seattle SCBWI conference this year: http://www.cvent.com/events/23rd-annual-writing-and-illustrating-for-children-conference/event-summary-0904b113bc5c48679288c065d709a123.aspx

There is such a great line up for this one, as usual.

I am having a great time adding a few new pieces to my portfolio, and will attempt to construct my own portfolio binder. I will let you know how that turns out.

Here is a new black and white illustration that ties in with my "Sea Captain" story, which is still just forming, but not going away. The nieces come to stay for a while.



What have you been up to? Any other conference goers out there?

Thursday, January 9, 2014

New website!

It's been some time since my actual website was updated, and eventually it was time for a complete re-do.

Here we are: http://www.sarahromanodiehl.com

Like honey on toast.




Wednesday, January 1, 2014

New Music By Emily Bear on App MY DAY!

Hi all, I just wanted to let you know that the children's storybook app "My Day" I illustrated and co-wrote with Egads Press has been updated with a soundtrack song from Emily Bear: http://www.emilybear.com. She is a child piano prodigy, and her original pieces are beautiful.

 Emily's people gave us the "ok" to use her song "Northern Lights". I think it fits the book very well. What do you think?  Youtube video: http://youtu.be/r5VvOLCHBQw

                                                                   Happy New Year!

(illustration by Adrienne Adams)

Friday, December 6, 2013

Beaumont

I miss my dog. It's been a couple months now since his passing, but it still hurts so much. Anyone who has lost a pet knows what I am talking about. I feel like he is with us still, everywhere I turn I feel his presence. I even think I can smell his ghost farts in my studio- (I'm serious)- I'm pretty sure it is not me.

He was a wonderful, one of a kind dog. He was a true friend and companion. He taught me so much about life. I know I am a better person because of him and I know he loved being part of our family. He is forever irreplaceable.




Thursday, November 14, 2013

Oh- What's That?- A Children's Book App?

I can unleash the news now that in the little old Apple App store/ iTunes store you can find a children's book app called "My Day" which was conceived of by John Romano at Egads Press, co-written by he and I, and illustrated by me.

"My Day" is an end of the day story kids can personalize with their own photos. The story takes one through the happenings of what we thought are universal and cross-cultural in the lives of many children. This was one of the challenges of illustrating such a story; where the main character is the user. Each user is a unique individual with a different family and life than the next. With that in mind as I illustrated, I sought to get a wider scope of a child's life. How they are connected with everything on planet earth.

"My Day" is a reminiscing of a day passed- it is meant to relax and settle a child, they can mentally prepare for the next sun up and all of the possibilities that await. Going through daily events can help with visualizing the "arc" in activity level, and resigning into the natural lull of the evening.

 I also made activity pages that are in the app, they can be colored and drawn on a device or printed out for use. Any pages of the book or activities can be shared by e-mail or social networking sites.

Check out the publisher's website (Egad's Press) page for "My Day: http://www.egads.com.au/myday/

and in the iTunes/Apple store: https://itunes.apple.com/US/app/id734799973?mt=8

Here are a few of the illustrations in "My Day"...