The Neighborhood’s Night – Page 15

Page 14 doesn’t have an image, so we skip on to page 15 from The Neighborhood’s Night by Juliana Catherine. This is the last illustration and the end of the book.

It’s not a completely happy ending because, even though Leena’s back in her own home, Amaya’s family lost their house. This is supposed to be a “tough subjects” series, so a not entirely happy ending is appropriate. But it’s not all bad because Amaya has sent Leena a letter saying how they found a place to live and are doing okay. They even sent pictures.

I made sure it’s the same couch and wall as page 4 so it’s definitely the same house. It comes full circle.

An illustration for page 15 of The Neighborhood's Night by Juliana Catherine.  A girl curled up on her couch leans back against her mother who is sitting beside her.  The girl is reading a letter and the mother is looking at some photo prints.  They are both smiling.


I decided to take some of my images just sitting around in my portfolio and put them to work.  To that end I created an iStock account to sell some of them for stock.

I’m pleasantly surprised that, so far, they’ve only rejected one image, and that one because it was a photograph where a brand name was visible (I should have know better).  I was surprised that they didn’t reject more of the photos because they were all taken with a point-and-shoot camera and had compression errors at full size.  I reduced them to fix that, but I still wasn’t 100% sure they were sharp enough.  I uploaded just a few of them mostly to get an idea of if that quality of image was good enough.  I guess they are.

I’ve got quite a few in-queue still and some of the accepted ones aren’t up yet, but if you’d like to see what’s up so far, here’s the link to my iStock portfolio:

Also, I’m curious if any of you have tried iStock as contributors and what your thoughts are on the experience.

Photo Dump!

Flowers and Leaves

Black and Whites

Random Photos

Here are some random photos I took around the yard the other day.

Candy Cane Hearts

Double Heart Candy Canes 500

I think this will be next year’s Christmas card.  I was playing with HDR again.  Real HDR, not HDR-style.  The image didn’t really need HDR, but… eh.  I like how it turned out, though I haven’t printed it, so it may need some adjustments still.

I love the spot healing brush tool in Photoshop, because after several days, the snow I used wasn’t perfectly clean. Also, when you set a candy cane in the snow, it starts bleeding red into the snow.  So, I had to correct that as well.

And here’s another one.

little candy cane heart 500

Snow Pictures

As some of you may have heard, it snowed a bit in the last week or so.  I didn’t go out taking many pictures because it was cold and I didn’t want to.  But here are three I did manage to come up with.  The third one’s my favorite.  I was playing with HDR on the last two and I fiddled with the colors a lot for the bike.

Roses, Pumpkin Blossoms, Mums, and Woodsorrel

Macro Pumpkin Blossoms

These are male pumpkin blossoms.

Macro Nearly Wild Roses

The spider is known as a Daring Jumping Spider.  It’s orange spots mean that it’s a fairly young one.  The spots will turn white as it gets older.   This type of spider is a hunter rather than a web weaver.

Macro White Roses

Macro Mums and Yellow Woodsorrel

Yellow Woodsorrel is edible.

I’d also like to mention that I like how you can now post multiple galleries to one post in WordPress.  🙂  Very useful.

Illustration Friday: Water

I was pleasantly surprised this morning to find the Illustration Friday topic to be the one I suggested recently.  I think I suggested it last week or the week before.  And, yes, it’s mine because I was cited as the one who suggested it.  It’s a little thing, but isn’t it cool?

So, that’s why my hits are unusually high today and probably will be all week.  Yay!  Welcome everyone from IF.  Feel free to take a look around the site and comment on things.  Make yourselves at home.  Follow me if you like.

But now I’m sitting here with MY illustration topic as the one for the week.  Which means I really should post something good.  Initially I suggested the topic after photographing this image:

I really liked it and I thought “water” would make a great topic.  But it’s hardly an illustration, is it?  Well, maybe a photo illustration.  Not exactly what Illustration Friday is all about, though.

I could also post one of several other water-related images I’ve created in the past.

Or I could point to the series of Rocks and Water photographs I took in Wisconsin this summer.

I really would like to give IF something new, though.  Perhaps I could finish off this sketch which I started for the IF topic of “carry” but never finished.

Really, though, I’m afraid I won’t work on anything for IF because this week I have THINGS TO DO.  The kids are off school several days in the coming week, I have to send out Halloween-themed art samples to potential clients before the end of the month, I need to meet with a web design client sometime next week, and I’m preparing all my stuff for the SCBWI conference on the 27th.  I’m busy.

So, it may turn out that this week I’ll have nothing new to contribute to IF, even though Penelope was kind enough to choose my topic.