This is my journey in creating concepts, writing, illustrating, finding a literary agent, and becoming a published children's book author and illustrator for the picture book genre.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Children's Book Illustrator and Author- Cassaundra Dunbridge: Aspiring writer info!

Children's Book Illustrator and Author- Cassaundra Dunbridge: Aspiring writer info!

Aspiring writer info!

You may have heard me refer to my superhero friend a few times. He is a magnificent copy editor and friend with a passion for all aspects of the English language. He is eloquent in speech as he is on paper. Through my beginnings of my pursuit as an illustrator/ author, this man has stood by my side and edited with a turnover ranging from a few hours to a half day with edits that reflected my authentic voice without excessive verbiage that I tend to gravitate towards when writing. He has started a blog to help aid aspiring authors are their journey. It is a piece on the misuse and over use of the adverb. I highly recommend it as an aid when preparing for your first edits.

All about Gerald Zepeda:

    Who is Gerald Zepeda?

    I am a writer, an editor, and a lover of language. I don't want to wait for an infinite number of monkeys pounding on keyboards to come up with the next great work of literature. I am relying on you to brighten the world with your unique brand of human genius. It's time to write.

This blog post is amazing. Please click here to read:

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Ethan and Tiger Bear

I created a new illustration for a classroom this week. It is a thank you to a classroom of wonderful children that shared their prized possession with my middle son, Ethan. This week started off rather well. Ethan had his big spring play coming up where he was to play his favorite person at his school.
Ethan and Dr. Hutchins, lower school headmaster at Darlington School
It was a fun kids' play to send off the faculty that is moving on from the school to new adventures. Many smiles were had during and after that performance. My 2 younger boys and I left the chapel building and walked towards the lower grades' classrooms on the other side of campus. After we reached the playground outside of the classrooms, my sweet Ethan had a grand mal seizure. Shortly after his first seizure, a second followed. My son has never had a seizure before. This was the most terrifying incident I had ever witnessed with my children. It was a nightmare that is on constant replay in my mind. I thought that I lost my son.
I was with my son during the course of these two episodes. We were whisked away to the hospital and stayed there overnight and into the following afternoon. No seizures followed but he did have a series of tests. My son fell on his head on the cement during the first seizure.  He had to be observed for a possible concussion from head injury. Luckily, the teswt were negative and the CT scan was clear.
The first grade class has a purple bear named "Tiger" with a bag full of clothes. It was sent to the hospital for Ethan. He played with the bear through out the course of his stay. As a "thank you" to the class, he asked me to draw them something. I created this piece of artwork inspired by that sweet bear and all she did for my son during that scary time. I sincerely hope that there is never another seizure, but I am so thankful to his school for all of the support and love shared with us during this time.

Saturday, May 3, 2014

I just need to write it.

Book ideas. Wow, they plague your mind and send you in a tailspin of day dreams. The advantage to being able to draw is that I can transpose my story idea onto paper in form of sketches and illustrated pages. I love my Super Brothers and have been creating a story them for it. My 3 boys are constant inspiration for the piece. I am also quite fond of my lost ant, Andy. He has been with me since that tickle to create something for the children's genre began to take its hold on me. Then there is Krumpy.  He is a little tree sprite with hopes to inspire love for the earth. I have a strong love for the earth, nature, birds, and the wildlife that live there. How does someone create when all of these ideas are stirring? Which one should prioritize your time first? I have outlines for all of these stories. My illustrations also help fuel the stories. I am thinking of recreating some illustrations of my Super Brothers. There is an illustrative style I want to try. I may give that a go this weekend if inspiration hits. I am also working on a logo of a lion for a website. This is exciting because I am forced to step out of my comfort zone and try new styles of art. Today, I am going on a super hero adventure with my boys as they patrol the neighborhood to stop criminal activities of all kinds. They will investigate rocks, catch frogs and release them near the pond, and point out all suspicious ant hills and relay cautions to any who may walk near by.
Here is a collage of some of my inspiration! :)