Friday, February 27, 2015

Guest Author and Illustrator, Kathleen Bullock Visits Write What Inspires You

I am delighted to host author/illustrator Kathleen Bullock. It's not too often that an author is also an illustrator. Come along for a glimpse into Kathleen's creative world. Take it away Kathleen...

In earlier days I worked my art in oils and watercolor, pencil and pastels, even the occasional collage. I’ve always been an illustrator at heart, rather than a classic ‘artist’. With a new world of electronics on the horizon, I saw that I’d have to adapt to creating artwork for publication in an electronic format, and I have. It’s a challenge to minimize the digital look of electronic art and give each piece the casual look of ‘top-of-your-head’ sketchiness that I so love, but I’m starting to get there.

I used Photoshop to create the artwork for Olive and the Great Flood. This meant that I could control the color and images on each page for consistency. Each separate piece of art is on its own invisible layer. I can eliminate or correct any of these images before I fix the art on a single layer. The pages then are sent to the publisher as individual jpegs for publication.

You can see my evolving styles on my portfolio web site,

Also, look for my next book soon to be published by Guardian Angel,

I hope readers will enjoy reading Olive and the Great Flood as much as I did illustrating it.

Olive and the Great Flood tour schedule 

Guardian Angel Publishing 


There will be two drawings at Connie Arnold's blog tour conclusion on the 28th for a copy of Ms. Arnold's first children’s book, Animal Sound Mix-up and a dove wind chime.


Best wishes,
Donna M. McDine
Multi Award-winning Children's Author

Ignite curiosity in your child through reading!

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A Sandy Grave ~ January 2014 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ 2014 Purple Dragonfly 1st Place Picture Books 6+, Story Monster Approved, Beach Book Festival Honorable Mention 2014, Reader's Favorite Five Star Review

Powder Monkey ~ May 2013 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ Story Monster Approved and Reader's Favorite Five Star Review

Hockey Agony ~ January 2013 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ New England Book Festival Honorable Mention 2014, Story Monster Approved and Reader's Favorite Five Star Review

The Golden Pathway ~ August 2010 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ Literary Classics Silver Award and Seal of Approval, Readers Favorite 2012 International Book Awards Honorable Mention and Dan Poynter's Global e-Book Awards Finalist


  1. I am delighted that Kathleen has revealed a glimpse of how she does her illustrations. The ones she did for Olive and the Great Flood are wonderful and are being much enjoyed! Thank you for sharing this, Donna.

    1. Hi Connie, my apologies for my lateness to the party! I always enjoy getting the behind the scene glimpses! Best, Donna

  2. Love the cute covers! Wishing you much success.

    1. Absolutely adorable! Thanks for your support!

  3. Love the cute covers! Wishing you much success.

  4. A beautiful cover. It's so neat that you illustrate as well as write your books. Congratulations.

    1. I can't even imagine the balance between writing and illustrating. Kathleen does it splendidly!

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    1. Thanks for your never ending support! Kathleen is quite talented!

  6. I agree with you all that the covers are great! I am really loving the one for Olive and the Great Flood.

    1. Kathleen's illustrations certainly grab the true essence of the books!

    2. Thank you for enjoying my illustrations, and many thanks for the kind encouragement.!

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