Many of you know I've been working on writing and illustrating a children's book. The dummy has been completed and is being sent out to agents. Woo Hoo!! The main character of the book is a dog Bling. Bling is my dog and she is an Irish Setter. Her best friend in the book is a goldfish named Sushi. Sushi is a real fish too. Bling travels the country with me - visiting friends, family, hanging out in my art booth as my mascot, and going to dog shows.
When creating a dummy book, an illustrator does not complete all the illustrations. The goal is to have a few illustrations to show an agent or publisher what your work would look like. The agent or publisher may have other ideas for the book and it is a waste of time and effort to do too much before finding an agent or publisher. My proposed cover is done and a few of the page illustrations.
The above image is the first illustration I'd completed for the dummy. To promote the book and Bling's Facebook page, I am doing an art giveaway featuring this first illustration. This original illustration was painted in pastel and is framed.
If you are interested in winning the work - please go to Bling's Facebook page at:
There is no cost and the shipping of the artwork is free as well. All you need to do to enter is follow the instructions on Bling's Facebook page to enter.
Bling also has a website now and a fan page for children to receive messages from Bling (with the approval of their parents of course). Bling's website is http://www.adogbling.com Go take a peek!
For those of you interested in winning the artwork - good luck and thank you for your support of Bling and my children's book. If you are an agent or publisher and are interested in seeing the dummy or reading the manuscript, please email me at ... firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks so much!