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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!

The Birth Of A Picture Book

First the story is created. This story I’m working on was created as a classroom exercise by a woman I didn’t even know, at last year’s Cape Cod Writers Center Conference. When it was her turn to read her story, I picked up my pen and quickly sketched my version of her characters. At the end of class I turned around and showed them to her. A collaboration was born. Since then the story has been rewritten many times over the past year and now it is in the final editing stages and I can begin my work as the illustrator.

First a medium and color palette are chosen:

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Pretty nice for a sea story and the chalk pastels lend themselves to blending ocean water beautifully.

Next, the story board is created. 32 pages, with the actual story beginning on page five and ending on 32.

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Now the paging can begin. The story is cut apart into moveable sentences.

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Finally the storyboard is built. The paging is done and notes for each illustration are written on each page. You need to see the story as a whole so you can see how the book flows and whether or not two page spreads are appropriately placed.

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The next step will be to fill the storyboard with small pencil sketches for each page. Once that is done, the map for a long winter is laid out as each sketch turns into an actual piece of artwork.

And so, as another day goes by, it’s good to review where one has been, map out where one is headed, and appreciate where one is right now. It’s going to be good winter and…I have written.

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