Quiet in the Library!

Because this is the year I'm trying to inject renewed life into my illustration career, I'm spending as much time as I can working on improving my portfolio.  Focusing on mostly illustration, and not so much on my shop, has been a big shift for me, one that has required conscious decisions.  I'm a creature of habit, and those habits are hard to break.

Even so, I'm having so much fun just working on my illustration portfolio, it doesn't feel like work at all.  I really missed that feeling!  After spending most of last year, as well as part of the year before, feeling down in the dumps and you'll-never-be-good-enough, this change of focus has been refreshing and energizing.  I just want to draw all the things!

To keep myself focused, I'm sticking to a small range of topics, for now, things that will perk my portfolio up.  This week, I wanted to tackle a library illustration, featuring kids and an adult or two, something I don't draw enough of.  You guys know I love the library, and I love books.  I couldn't spend enough time in the library as kid.  

As a kid, I wouldn't have dreamed of speaking above a whisper in the library, but these boys are maybe a bit more ornery than I was:  

please be quiet in the library - children's illustration by Stephanie Fizer Coleman

Happy Friday!