Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Doctor Story: Work-in-progress. Color choices for the book.

Dummy book is finally sketched out! Moving on to the color choices for the book. 

Monday, June 15, 2015

Honorable Mention for 3X3 Magazine's Competition, Picture Book Show!

Honorable Mention for 3X3 Magazine's Competition, Picture Book Show! Many years of entering this competition and I finally got in! Images submitted – 3 pieces from “Sophie’s Animal Parade” written Amy Dixon, illustrated by me. 

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Sophie is on the cover of the Children's Book of the Month Club Catalog!

The artwork from "Sophie's Animal Parade", written by Amy Dixon, illustrated by me, Katia Wish, is on the cover of the June 2015 Children's Book of the Month Club Catalog!

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Watercolor painting step by step. An owl in the fog.

While I am working on my dummy book during the week, I am doing these fun watercolor sketches on the weekends. The goal here is to figure out the best way (and my own way) to combine painterly technique with flat technique (flat color, pattern). So  I give myself different challenges: night scene, rain, fog, etc. I really enjoy creating atmosphere with my painterly approach, but I also love the flat, decorative approach (especially for the characters). The more I do these little studies, the more I develop my own style that feels just right. 
The assignment that I gave myself here was: fog and an owl. 

Monday, April 13, 2015

"Sophie's Animal Parade", written by Amy Dixon, illustrated by Katia Wish, Sky Pony Press, Spring 2015

The very first box of books has arrived! 
If you'd like to purchase a signed book, please contact me directly (message of email and I'd be happy to send it to you!

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Doctor Story: Character studies. Twins.

Doctor Story: Character studies. Doctor.

Doctor Story: Work-in-progress. One of many rough storyboards.

I sent another super rough storyboard (after working and reworking on many intermediate storyboards, figuring out pacing, design and flow of the story) to my author/illustrator friends for a second round of feedback. The story is getting tighter and stronger! Next step - character studies, then - a more refined storyboard, then - a more refined manuscript.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Exhibit: Draw Me a Story: Tomie and Friends

Exhibit with Tomie dePaola!

I am truly honored and humbled to participate in an exhibit with Tomie dePaola himself! The exhibit is called “Draw Me a Story: Tomie and Friends” and it is held at Wenham Museum.

Opening reception is on Sunday, March 22, 1:00 - 3:30 pm.

I will show five works from the first picture book I have illustrated – “Sophie’s Animal Parade,” written by Amy Dixon, Sky Pony Press, May 2015.

I hope you, your friends and family will be able to attend the opening and share this exciting day with all the artists participating in the exhibit!

More info:

4th Annual Draw Me a Story Exhibit
Draw Me a Story: Tomie and Friends
March 6 - April 27

Celebrate the art of Caldecott Medalist Tomie dePaola and fellow guest children’s book illustrators Jesse Watson, Lisa Cinelli, Katia Wish, Elizabeth Wolff and Cyndy Szekeres Prozzo in a vibrant display of original works.

On Sunday, March 22; 1:00 - 3:30 pm, mix and mingle with some of these award-winning illustrators featured in our Draw Me a Story: Tomie and Friends family reception. Enjoy an afternoon of crafts as you admire the variety of styles and techniques used to create this beautiful collection of children’s book illustrations.

Picture books by artists shown in the exhibition will be available in the Museum Shop.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Doctor Story: Work-in-progress. One of many rough storyboards.

I sent the storyboard to some of my writer and illustrator friends. Got a lot of helpful feedback. 
As expected, there will be a lot of changes and revisions. Back to the drawing board!

Monday, December 8, 2014

Work-in-Progress: Starting working on my new story!

Creative juices are flowing again! I am working on a new story with an old character (the one I created a year and a half ago). Finally!

After spending couple of weeks making tons of notes (9 pages to be exact), where I tried to figure out the basic structure of the story, characters, problem/solution, etc., I was ready to sketch things out.

Doodling one scene led to another one, and another one.  It felt like the sketches couldn't wait to be put down on the page. I could see the story unfolding in front of my eyes. The sketches are really fast and crude, but they really help.

There is a long way to go, but it feels good to see the super super rough storyboard (one of many more).  Now it's time to start tweaking and moving and changing different parts of the story.

Character that I created a while ago: