Sunshine Smile Publications is delighted to showcase the very talented Roberta Baird!
Roberta's New Book
I See The Animals Sleeping:
A Bedtime Story
Written by Thomas M. Heffron for The American Academy
of Sleep Medicine
Often I’m asked, “What medium do you use?” With great pleasure I say, that I work digitally. I have been working hard to blur the line in my portfolio between traditional and digital. I work from a sketch scanned and colored in Photoshop. I use under painting, just as I did when I created traditionally. I also add lots of detail and use quite a variety of textures
Q & A with Roberta Baird, Illustrator
What are you working on at the moment?
It's a dream come true to be able to say, I get to draw all day. But it’s true, well most days.
I’ve recently completed the artwork for an educational article about Christopher Columbus. It was great fun to research and then draw ships, maps and oceans.
I also have a book that came out in June of 2011. It’s an interesting book about the importance of sleep.
Other than that, I’ve been busy developing a character quite dear to my heart, named Ruby Rue. She’s a loveable little old witch who learns the importance of good friends. I‘ve finished the book dummy and am in the process of looking for a publisher for her story.
Is there anything you're busy promoting?
Right now, I’m promoting my recent book, I See The Animals Sleeping: A Bedtime Story, written by Thomas M. Heffron for The American Academy of Sleep Medicine. It’s a wonderful book that highlights the diverse sleeping habits of animals and encourages children to crawl into bed for a good night’s sleep. It’s filled with interesting facts for parents too. It’s available on the publisher’s website and on Amazon.
Can you recommend a YA or children's book that you have recently enjoyed?
My daughter and I have been enjoying the wonderful artwork in David Wiesner’s book, Art & Max. The main characters are artists who also happen to be lizards. The illustrations are filled with rich detail and color.The other book we’re reading together is The Mysterious Benedict Society. It’s the first book in the series. It’s about four children who are chosen for their special abilities, to serve as agents in a top secret mission. It’s fun and imaginative. We try to read a bit of it every night.
Do you have a piece of advice for beginning authors or illustrators?
Some of the best advice I’ve received and can pass on, would be draw or create something every day. Try different styles and mediums until you find what suits you best, then practice, practice, practice. Study the work of artists that you admire. Find elements in their work that appeals to you, and incorporate that into your own style.Don’t be afraid of constructive criticism. Good or bad, it helps you grow. In fact, get critiques from industry professionals and really listen to what they're saying. Then go home and work hard. Most of all follow your heart.