September is here! It's time to download this month's Kidlit calendar! It's a little late because we've been busy with other projects, but you won't want to miss out on some of this month's great events for Kidlit creators!
This month's calendar features art by Kristin Wauson.
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Interview with Kristin Wauson
PuddleJump: Hi Kristin! Can you show us where you make your magic?
Kristin: My studio is embarrassing right now. It's in my bedroom and I recently painted it, so there is nothing on the walls and it looks pretty boring. I always drool over photos of cozy little workspaces filled with books and art supplies, with inspiring art all over the walls. My books are stashed all over the house and my art supplies are hidden away in my Harry Potter closet (the one under the stairs) and inside an awesome filing cabinet my husband made for me. He is building me a new desk, but leave it to him to choose an unconventional design. He ran into a problem and says he needs to talk to a mechanical engineer to finish it. But, I’m sure it will be worth the wait!
PuddleJump: What are your five most important work tools?
My Cintiq monitor and iMac. For years I did all of my work on a 12 inch iPad Pro with Procreate, which I still love, but I recently switched to a 32 inch Cintiq and started using Photoshop again. I like the way brushes work in Photoshop much better and I have to say it is really nice to have all of that space. I love being able to work on a project and have several pieces of digital reference right there on the screen.
My sketchbook is really important for thumbnailing and brainstorming ideas. I like to use it to draw thumbnails and work out compositions. Then when I find something I like, I’ll take a picture and send it to my ipad or computer to finish.
I still love to use my ipad for sketching. It’s nice because I can take it anywhere, or draw on the couch in the evenings while watching TV with my husband, but now that I have the Cintiq I am finding that I don’t want to finish work in Procreate anymore.
Col-erase (mostly reds) and Blackwing pencils are my favorites for sketching on paper.
I keep my bullet journal with me all the time and it is my most important productivity tool. My entire life is in that thing. I use it to keep track of everything: my schedule, things I want to draw, books I want to read, artists I want to look up, book ideas, project ideas, to-do lists, meal planning. It’s all in there. Not everyone loves bullet journaling, but I have never been a big fan of digital calendars. I really just feel better when everything is written down on paper all in one place.
PuddleJump: What's your favorite quote?
Kristin:“Do your practice and all is coming.” –K. Pattabhi Jois
This is a mantra I repeat to myself often. I first came across it when I was in yoga teacher training, and since then I have found it to be true in so many areas of life. It means that if you put in the effort and do the work, eventually everything you want will come to you. You will evolve and achieve the things you are working toward. But you have to practice. I have always been fascinated with the idea that you can achieve big things if you put in small amounts of effort, consistently, over time. I love that it’s something that is universally accessible. You don’t have to be exceptionally gifted or lucky or born into special circumstances to make big things happen. You just have to be stubborn enough to keep trying.
PuddleJump: What are you working on right now?
Kristin: For the last few months I have been working with my wonderful agent on developing a picture book dummy. Yesterday I finished the last illustration I needed to do before it goes out on submission, so now I’m taking a weekend off to rest my arm. I’m pretty excited to get back to writing and drawing in my sketchbook again. Maybe I’ll also do a little Inktober pre-drawing.
PuddleJump: What recent kidlit-related thing would you like to tell us about?
Kristin: I recently signed with Adria Goetz of Martin Literary Management. I was also nominated for a writing mentorship award at the SCBWI Austin regional conference. This nomination was a big