Archives for August 2010

Pacific Pup: The California Coast According to Annette

Stickin’ on the Dock of the Bay Exploring California wharfs and piers is always exciting, and not just for the people-watching, good food, and silly souvenirs. I can’t help but smile when I see animals using man-made structures like these as prime real estate. Underneath all the excitement and human activity lies a surprisingly diverse […]

Pacific Pup: The California Coast According to Annette

Back to Geometry Every once in a while, I get distracted by what I’m looking at. That sounds ridiculous, right? I guess what I mean is that when I’m studying something that I want to draw really closely, I get distracted by tiny details. I end up losing focus on the overall shape. It helps […]

Pacific Pup: The California Coast According to Annette

Forest Dwellers There is a coastal forest that I love to explore, but it is no ordinary forest. This is one that exists under the horizon, where the trees sway with rising and falling tides, constantly battling turbulent waves. They become floating homes, sheltering thousands of animals from sea slugs to leopard sharks. The diversity […]

Pacific Pup: The California Coast According to Annette

Just Doodle it. Sometimes when I decide I want to do some sketching I have trouble getting started. When I’m out on a hike there are usually so many things that grab my attention. How do I choose what to sketch? Where do I even begin? Oftentimes I feel overwhelmed and get stuck in a […]

A California Legacy Project: The Artwork

Working on the cover art for the Cal Legacy Project has been a great learning experience and so much fun. Alex, Heyday’s Publisher’s Intern, has been a fantastic art director. Neither of us had much experience with art direction, thus we gathered valuable advice from Heyday’s wonderful staff members. From there, we created an image […]

A California Legacy Project

My work this summer as Publisher’s Intern has included a whole array of interesting tasks, but by far the most daunting assignment was one I initially thought would be quite simple. About a month ago, Heyday publisher Malcolm Margolin came to me with an important task: one of Heyday’s imprints, California Legacy, is coming up […]

Pacific Pup: The California Coast According to Annette

Float On As a California child, I believed the beach was an imaginary kingdom that my friends and I ruled over. We were sultans of the sand, but there was only one available prop with which to signal our status. To our parents’ great annoyance, we adorned ourselves in all kinds of seaweed that had […]

Pacific Pup: The California Coast According to Annette

Midweek Update Mistakes are your friend. When I first started painting, I quickly realized that watercolors don’t match my personality. They often require careful planning, a good deal of patience, and organization of thoughts (uh-oh…). I love to work spontaneously, letting happy mistakes shape my sketches. I also like to work quickly, and I get […]

Pacific Pup: The California Coast According to Annette

Under a Scope What’s green, lives in packs of over a million, and sometimes glows in the dark? Plankton, of course! The power of these microscopic organisms is astounding: their abundance determines the health of our oceans, and their exponentially large numbers can be seen from satellite photographs of the earth. Plankton are like the […]

Pacific Pup: The California Coast According to Annette

The beginning of any piece of artwork usually starts with a basic backbone: the paints and the paper. At home, I’m reckless: tubes of paint are strewn about, all different kinds of paper stacked on my drawing table at arm’s length. These luxuries don’t translate to field sketching, and unfortunately the dreaded choice of materials […]