About Me

About Me

Linda Bartosik...
First steps of a beginning writer/artist/illustrator. Follow me on my journey. Read More...

My newest book now available on Amazon!

My newest book now available on Amazon!

Many treasures lie under the sea, but will Alistar find the one that will make ‘The Perfect Birthday Present’ for his mom? Join this adventurous little sea star and his best buddy Barnaby (a blob fish) as they travel through the beautiful deep blue sea, meeting many other creatures of the deep. When the two friends finally stumble upon the perfect present, Alistar needs to make a difficult decision, which only he can make. When he does, the little sea star learns that there are times when it is not the present that is important, but the thought behind it.

My First Cover! Now available on Amazon – Kindle & Hardcover

My First Cover! Now available on Amazon – Kindle & Hardcover

For Linda Crowley, the first day of the year had always been set aside to work on new, positive beginnings and 1970 was no different. Her husband and children were by all accounts healthy and no one even considered the terrible thought that tragedy would strike before the day was over, and life as she had known it was gone.

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My first illustrating project available on Amazon

My first illustrating project available on Amazon

Haley doesn't have a normal pet she has a goat, Ralph. He thinks he's having fun but he's causing untold trouble for Haley. Trouble seems to follow Ralph everywhere he goes only he doesn't know it. Haley's father says Ralph has to be sold!

Coming Soon!

20130627-163532.jpg The book I’m illustrating for Diana Lesire Brandmeyer, The Trouble With Ralph, is on it’s way to completion. (Diana also writes adult fiction and a blog – check out her website) If you had told me at anytime in my life that I’d illustrate a book, especially one that wasn’t mine, I’d never have believed it.

This journey started in January with me accepting the job to re-illustrate a picture book that Diana had written awhile ago. The original illustrator couldn’t be found,so Amazon took it out of print. Diana found me through my artwork on this blog. I was amazed that my work prompted her to ask me to do her book. I was scared to accept the job, but Diana was so nice and not in a hurry, that I just had to give it a shot. If I didn’t, I’d always wonder if I could’ve actually illustrated a book.

It took a whole month of experimenting with different mediums. Was I going to use digital? Watercolor? Chalk pastels? After trying all of them, I found I was most comfortable with oil pastels. You could achieve bright colors and blend in shading with such a control that I didn’t feel in the other mediums.

Next came character creation. My hero was a goat so this involved a few weeks of googling goats and sketching many different types before the real “Ralph” emerged. After Ralph came his owner, a little girl by the name of Hayley. She, too, took a week or so of sketches to emerge with her brown curls.

After the characters were established, work on the cover began. I learned a lot about background and scenery as the cover emerged. Gradually the pages got easier as I got more familiar with what can be done with pastels. After sketching Ralph so many times, by the third page he took his place in the scene easily.

I set June as my deadline for having all eight illustrations done and here I sit with all eight hanging in “the kitchen studio”, as it’s come to be referred to. This brings us to the pre-publication stage. The art is complete and now the real work begins. We are first going to e-publish it, then move on to printed copies. These days my work consists of learning to format and obtaining copyrights and ISBN numbers. My next benchmark is to have the book up on Amazon by late August.

I am moving about in a world that I never knew anything about. Having no schedule, no boss, no workplace to go to, but yet a job to get done that I was responsible to someone else for, kind of left me in a panic. The work was not tangible according to instructions. It was creative work that had to be totally born of me. This was scary. Very unstructured, but yet a product that had to be produced. There were many days filled with doubt. Doubt I could come up with the pictures, doubt they were good enough, and doubt I could finish them in a reasonable amount of time. I cannot count the days that just sitting down to a new blank page made me get right back up and do something else.

I learned today that it was that resistance to the creative process that I was afraid of, because wherever there is a process, there is a change of some kind, and change can be scary. It was the resistance to begin on the blank page that was the difficult part – the part where the doubt crept in. Once I put the pencil to the page, the fear turned to effort, and that which was inside of me was set free.

And so, as another day goes by, when dealing with change, look out for that resistance – don’t let it sabotage the journey you’re trying to take, and… I have written.

Today’s page in Julia Cameron’s The Artists Way, Everyday:

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