Thursday, July 2, 2015

IF: Danger

Here's my sketch for the Illustration Friday theme "Danger."


Pentel brush pen and Prismacolor cool gray markers on Aquabee Paper, approx 7"x10".

Monday, June 29, 2015

Bedtime Reading

"Yes, I never went to bed without a story, and I think it’s more and more essential for parents to start that at home now. There are so many easier things to do now, so many electronic things. But to be able to read a book is such a big plus, something that is with you forever."

Bear bookplate commission by
Elizabeth Andrews Studio

*Via The NY Times

Friday, June 26, 2015

2nd Annual Pretty Much World Famous Illustration Contest

I'm headed to see Jurassic World.

Here's my entry for Susanna Leonard Hill's amazing contest.

Be sure to check out all the other fabulous entries on Susanna's blog!

IF: Small

Here's my interpretation of "small" for Illustration Friday.

Joanne Roberts, Pencil on paper, approx. 6" x  8"

Monday, June 22, 2015

Successful Writing

"Success can make you go one of two ways. It can make you a prima dona, or it can smooth the edges, take away the insecurities, let the nice things come out."
-Barbara Walters*

Bookplate via DarkRoastedBlend

*via Nerdy Chicks 

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Draw This! Adventure

The Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators 
monthly Draw This! challenge. 

The July prompt is ADVENTURE.

Peter Pan's adventure, by Joanne Roberts

Members may participate by submitting one illustration inspired by the monthly prompt. Aside from the opportunity to see fellow illustrators' work at #scbwidrawthis, one can view the gamut of adventurous characters via the SCBWI site's online gallery.

Thanks especially to Sarah Baker for her diligence in bringing this challenge to fruition!

Learn More at

Thursday, June 18, 2015

IF: Vacation

Just a glimpse of a work-in-progress based on the Illustration Friday theme, VACATION.

Detail from pen and ink WIP