Highlights Let's Grow!

Here is a peek at a new series from Highlights,  Let's Grow! Perfect for little ones and delivered every month right to your door.

I loved working on I Have a Book from this series, you'll spot it on the video. Plus more books to come!

Aww.. I love my job. :o)



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Oh my.. where to begin?
An apology should be a good start I guess..

I'm sorry you guys for neglecting my blog for almost a year... It's been a tough year for me personally that's the truth but I want to thank so many lovely people who I know, and some who I don't even know, for emailing me, sending tweets and showing love and support for me. It's an amazing feeling to know that people care and even more amazing how you can open your laptop, or tap your smartphone and in an instant be connected with wonderful people from all over the world. So a big thank you and a bigger hug to you all! :o)

Work is busy, life is too.. but I will try to post from time to time.
I miss all of you and love hearing from you. xo


Twoodle: Sheep + Jump

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Some sheep like perfecting "the jumping".
You know.. getting ready for people's dreams. ;o)

This is my sketch for this week's #Twoodle using the words
Sheep and Jump.

If you'd like to learn how you can participate, click here.
Make sure to check out peeps' great Twoodles on Twitter


More Lucas- Character studies

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A few more sketches of Lucas.
I really like this tiny fellow.. 
Can't get him out of my head! :o)

Click here if you want to read initial post of Lucas. 

From The Sketchbook

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Sad puppy.

This tiny guy appeared in the corner of my sketchbook.
Thought I would post him to see if I could cheer him up a bit.


A little gift..

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Twoodle: Raccoon + Windy

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Mindy and Moe decided to go on a picnic 
on a beautiful August day.

Playing with the new style. :o)
It's been a while since I twoodled! 
Usually the posting days are Wednesdays 
but I decided I would work on it today since I had a chance. 

So here is my #Twoodle for this week using the words:
Raccoon & Windy

If you want to participate, here's how.


A peek at Caperucita Roja

As promised here is a peek at a few inside pages of Caperucita Roja published by Ediciones SM

This book belongs to a series Cuentos De Ahora, they all have the same format and layout.

First thing I decided to do is give Little Red a puppy. He is smart and unlike Little Red who is very innocent, he is suspicious of strangers. I thought it would give a clue to little kids reading the book. Believe me, kids always notice the tiny details.

I wanted wolf to have clothes and look like a "normal" fellow. The point of this story is to show that even normal looking strangers could be dangerous. So Wolf is wearing a top hat, jacket and a bow tie. Bit sofisticated fellow huh? ;o)

These two are my favorite illustrations in the book. :o)

It was a challenge to follow the story and not illustrate too dark or scary. I always like to think of my audience, in this case is very little kids.

And grandma was so much fun to illustrate, hehe!

I have to thank my editor Teresa for always believing in me and giving me complete free range. This is what all illustrators dream of having.. and I can't thank her enough for trusting me with all books we work on.

If you'd like to purchase Caperucita Roja  it will be available March 5th. :o)


Caperucita Roja- Little Red Riding Hood!

Despite the fact that most of the major streets are blocked and there are protests occurring in different parts of the country, by some amazaing miracle my complimentary copies of Caperucita Roja -Little Red Riding Hood- have arrived today!

The book turned out so lovely, I am really so pleased. It is published by Ediciones SM Spain and will be available March 5th. This book belongs to a series of books called -Cuentos De Ahora-

What a wonderful surprise to get these books at a moment like this.. Really made my day!
I'll post more about the making of this picture book and will show a little more of the inside illustrations soon. :o)



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Lucas doesn't like sitting still..
That's why he sneaks out of the classroom when Mrs. Roberts isn't looking and hides in the closet. 
Lot's of fun things to roll around on!

I, like tiny Lucas, decided to sneak in my closet (studio)
just for a little while and take a brake
from the madness around me.
My pencils, brushes and watercolors are my best friends... :o)



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Venezuela is hurt...
Please help.

Video by Andreina Nash


I'm offering beginner courses starting next month!

** Edited: for reasons beyond my control both courses have been moved and are scheduled to begin later. I will let people enrolled in courses the new dates soon. There are no more spots left for Course A but a few spots for Course B, if you are interested please email me at alipadron at gmail dot com and I will contact you. Thank you** 

A class? A one on one? A chance to get some feedback from me with suggestions on how to start, portfolio review or answers to your own particular questions? I don't really know how to name this,  hehe.. but I am offering two special beginner courses. Many people have asked me to do this in the past and I have been thinking this for a long time now. This is my first time doing this so depending of how it all goes, I might open more courses in the near future. :o)

I'm thinking on taking a small group of people. It has to be small because I want to be able to really give them my time, thoughts and feedback to each one. So 3 people a day (max) would be workable for me. These courses are for illustrators that are starting out and have questions on how to begin. Maybe this is a dream of yours and you have some portfolio pieces but no idea how and when to start? Perhaps you have the theory down of how to start but don't know what a portfolio should include? Or maybe all you want to do is experiment on sending an amazing postcard and would like some guidance?

I want to make this affordable too. I know there are so many illustrators that want to break into the business of illustrating children's books that have so many questions.. I was one of them. But I do have to charge something for my time since these courses will have to go on the side of my regular work illustrating books.

I am by no means famous nor I have all the answers or magical tricks on how to break into this business. But, I can offer you my my personal experience, a friendly ear, my point of view that comes from what I've learned by working with different publishers from around the world, and share what has worked for me. I know there are so many questions, and doubts and misconceptions really..
My goal is to help guide you in the process of starting out and I hope you get valuable information from these courses that at the end you feel more decisive to go for your dream. :o)

So for now I am offering two courses.
Course A starts next month and Course B the month after that.

Course A- 50$
Duration: 3 weeks
Starts Sunday, March 2th ends March 23th.
Maximum students per course: 15

Course A- taking a look at your portfolio-

Communication by personal emails once a week- I will study your portfolio and see which are your strong points and weak ones. Which pieces are worth staying and which others perhaps should go.
Additionally, I will ask you questions and see which subjects you love working on and which you'd like to stay away from. Not many artists realize this, but it is important too. I will help define who your target audience is, depending on your style, after realizing this you will later be able to work with a clearer focus towards your ideal portfolio.

Each student will have an assigned day of the week (for example, Mondays) for communicating with me via email. Every week you get the chance to ask me questions, in your email, with any doubts you might have and I will answer them the following week.

For this course you need to have your portfolio online so I can review it. 

We will also lightly discuss the importance of online presence, blogs, Twitter, websites, promote on online portfolio sites, etc.

Course B- 75$
Duration: 5 weeks
Starts April 6 until May 11th
Maximum students per course: 10

Course B- the making of a great promotional postcard-

I will guide you trough the process of creating an eye catching postcard. I will explain what I think is a postcard image that will stand out from the rest of the pile and I will point out the common mistakes in some of the postcards I've seen. I will help guide you in the whole creation process from idea, characters, sketches and final art.

We will communicate by email once a week. Each student will have an assigned day of the week (for example, always Tuesdays) where I will revise the work they have done for that week and answer questions from the previous week. I will also send them new insight and homework for the following week. So we will cover all from thinking of an original idea, creating a setting, creating the characters, sketching ideas and creating the final art for the postcard.

You need to have access to a scanner, or be able to scan your work, so I can review postcard sketches, ideas and final art.


If these courses sound like something you'd like to try, just leave a comment on this post specifying which course you'd like to take A, B or both and please leave a link to your work. Why this? Well I need to make sure the students taking the courses have a good solid base in drawing and illustrating. I am not an art teacher. I'm an stablished illustrator that will help guide you into this business but you need to have a strong foundation in drawing and painting. **Edited- I received a couple of emails from people interested in signing. So if you prefer the email route instead of leaving a comment on this post that works too. Send an email saying which course(s) you'd like and a link to your work. My email is alipadron at gmail dot com**

I'll leave this post for this month and will choose 15 people for Course A and 10 for Course B. I will then contact you by email with the payment details so you can enroll and then we'll be all set to begin starting with the first course on March 2th, yay, I can't wait!!

PS, if the classes don't fill up but you left a comment on this post and you qualify, I will still do the course even if it's with less people. No worries, I don't want to let you down. :o)


A peek at some of the books I've illustrated!

For the longest time I've had this idea of maybe doing a video showing bits of the books I have illustrated but I never seem to have the time to sit down and do it.

Well, I realized today that I'm in between books at the moment so this morning I thought it was the perfect time to try and I did. I came up with this video, it's a tad long, I hope you guys don't get bored hehe! I tried to show just a little of each book (because I'm sure I can't show the whole book) but I think you can have an idea of how books are.

I feel so blessed to be illustrating kids' books for a living, for real.. and I still have a hard time grasping the idea that what I dreamt for so many years finally came to be. And the beautify of all this is (yes there is more.. hehe) there are no age limits to illustrating children's books. I look forward to having my wrinkly hands hold the paintbrush and dip it in watercolor to paint. :o)

Hope you enjoy the video!


Random House Children's Books Unplug Video

Love this! 

Little kids or big kids.. we all benefit from unplugging. :o)


Sharing Studios

Hey there, I'm buried in work and have neglected this blog, sorry guys!

I like to browse youtube from time to time and see what I find. Today I found this great video that I thought I would share with you. If you love peeking into artists' studios and love illustration and graphic design then you'll enjoy this video I'm sure.

BTW, I really like Leah's illustration style, don't you? Think it's very unique.

Enjoy! :o)


Le Petit Renard Se Perd


I received my complimentary copies of Le Petit Renard Se Perd! A french picture book that I illustrated, published by Les 400 Coups and written by the lovely Nicole Snitselaar.

I am SO excited! This book is beautiful.. Really! It is the most amazing and gorgeous quality I have seen. It's hard to tell, but if you look closely at it in person, you can see the ink sparkles a bit. The paper is smooth, heavy and a lovely mat finish. The design is sooo beautiful.. The cover is padded and did I say how excited I am about it?! Hehe! I am :o)

I filmed this very short video (with my iphone, sorry about the quality) for you to see. As you can understand, I can't show the whole book but I wanted to share something with you all.

If you'd like to purchase it, it's available now on Amazon Canada and will be available in other countries on January 2014.

I'll do a more detailed post about the making of this book and how this book came to be very soon!


New style in the making

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I always thought it would be fun to have another rendering style besides my signature style. I think some books or stories might call for it and also gives an illustrator a broader world to work on, don't you think?  :o)

Anyway, I've been experimenting and came up with this one that I really like! My plan is to create more illustrations in this technique and build a portfolio and slowly add it on my website. But this will have to wait until I finish with the books I'm working on right at the moment. Deadlines are looming, hehe!

How about you? Ever thought of adding a new style/technique to your work?


From The Sketchbook..

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Look at the little guy that appeared in my sketchbook this morning!
I'm adopting him. 
His name is Benito.

From me and Benito.. have a lovely weekend peeps! :o)


Highlights Hello-Lullabies All Around

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Hi there!

Oh my goodness.. it's been ages since I posted something on my blog! I was on vacation, and it's hard to keep up with the old blog and internet over the summer. I really like to disconnect and enjoy every second with my hubby and the kids. I'm now back on my routine but need to start getting into the habit of posting again. I hope you all had a wonderful summer vacation!

                                                                              © copyright Alicia Padrón 2013

 While I was away, I had the pleasure of illustrating a lovely poem by Eileen SpinelliLullabies All Around, for the super cute Hello magazine! Sorry for the blurry pictures, my scanner is sick right now...

                                                                                © copyright Alicia Padrón 2013

 Babies will see mommy animals with their babies on the first page and then will have fun trying to spot them on the following spread since they are now picture frames in the room.

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 This magazine is specially made for babies (0-2 years old). Its small, easy to hold. No corners, soy ink, and no staples. Its filled with short, simple and beautiful stories, poems and art.

It was such a pleasure working on this!

I also illustrated a french Picture Book, I'll post about that soon.
Hugs to all! :o)


Twoodle: Horse & Teapot

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Nothing like a tea party with your best friend. :o)

Here is my quick #Twoodle for this week! I barely made it today. So busy, hehe...
I used the words Horse and Teapot.

If you like to #Twoodle, here is how you can.
And make sure to check out the awesome #Twoodles from peeps all over the globe.


Chris Riddell illustrating Professor Steg from "Fortunately, the Milk"

What a treat to watch Chris Riddell work.
My goodness, I wish I had that amount of control over a brush! Amazing. :o)


A guest post featuring Erika Barriga

The lovely Erika Barriga has her debut book out,  Queen Quail is Quiet: and Other ABC Tongue Twisters and is doing a guest post on my blog today. Make sure to check her book out! 

And look at that sweet baby!! Aww my heart just melts. :o)


What were you waiting for?

I keep wanting to reach back in time and shake my twenty-something self around. Talk to her in a stern and serious voice, calm and collected, about how she needs to just find what she loves and pursue it. I'm not sure what took me so long, maybe it was the thought that I had "all the time in the world" to do things.

Whatever the case, for me, having my baby girl jump-started my system. After having her, I felt/feel like I can do anything. So I have grabbed that feeling by it's wings and I don't want to let go.

My first book, Queen Quail is Quiet, was just published mid-May and it is a labor of love. I wanted to grow in storytelling so I decided to tackle the alphabet letter by letter. This book illustrates every letter using every sound of each letter. A fun way to learn how to read and the sentences result in silly tongue twisters for older kids.

I created the art digitally and I have wanted to make a video showing how I illustrate for a long time. I felt that fear again when it came time to actually change the viewing option to "public" on YouTube. But I thought about being fearless and it pushed me to just push the button. Stop not sharing. Don't be afraid to do what you want, just keep pushing toward your goal. It's uncomfortable but worth it.

So I have a video for you (with my voice! eek) I hope you enjoy it and read my book. It's great for all ages. ;)


Highlights Hello Magazine - June 2013 Issue!

I'm so happy! My lovely agent just sent me this, it's the cover I did for June's issue of Highlights Hello magazine! I can't wait to get my copies. :o)

This magazine is the cutest thing I have to say. It's perfect for babies and toddlers. It has round corners and no staples, all the pages are sewn together and it's very sturdy. Perfect for those babies that love to, you know, eat books.. hehe. ;o)

It's filled with poems and stories with colorful and beautiful artwork. If you subscribe you get one issue every month. I'm sure the toddler of the house would be thrilled to receive his/her own mail.

I kind of wish my kids were little again so I could order these for them. :o)


Twoodle: Kitty + Socks

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What?! This could happen to anyone.. ;o)

This is my quick sketch for this week's #Twoodle 
using the words Kitty and Socks.

As always, click here to learn more about how you can participate too.


From the sketchbook

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Just playing around with PS. :o)


Twoodle: Hippo + Trampoline

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Here is my quick #Twoodle for this week
using the words hippo and trampoline

I never really liked hights either... ;o)

If you want to #Twoodle too, click here to learn how!



Look what I got in the mail!

I received these tiny books! They are the smallest format I have ever illustrated and so darn cute! Pages are really sturdy and since they are so small these books will fit wonderfully in toddlers' hands.

This is my favorite spread. I thought at brushing time, bunny should be brushing ducky too. :o)

Sometimes with board books there is not so much room to tell a parallel story with the illustrations as there is with Picture Books for example. Board books are very straight forward, usually with a few simple and easy to read images that little ones can really recognize. But I find there is always a way to make things interesting for little ones reading the book. I decided to give baby bunny a favorite toy, rubber ducky. So kids can look for ducky on every page, find him and look forward to the next page where they will look for him again.

Another great thing about illustrating books is that sometimes the power of an image can make the text change. For example, on this page, the text initially was "dry everywhere".

I decided instead of have dad dry bunny with a towel like on the left, it would be fun to have bunny shaking his little tail. I mean, what a better way to dry all over and fast right? Hehe.. Plus I just knew kids would really like that page. Luckily Highlights agreed with me, they really loved that illustration and decided to work the text around it.

So, never doubt sending your initial ideas of how you think a book should go. Send them your best possible interpretation of the book. These are sketches and they will go through a lot of eyes in the publishing house and a lot of revisions. People can't really guess what you have in mind. The best way to tell them is to show them your vision.

There is something so especial about creating books for babies. It's a book in it's simplest form. The thought of catching babies' attention and just thinking of baby snuggling with mom/dad looking with wonder at the book... It's a privilege to do this.

It's Bath Time is part of a set of books published by Highlights and goes along beautifully with their new magazine Highlights Hello


Happy Mother's Day!

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from Un Beso Antes de DormirEdiciones SM

Wishing all moms out there a lovely day,
 filled with hugs and kisses
 from your little or not so little ones!



Twoodle: Octopus + Star

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Here is my #Twoodle sketch for this week using the words:
Octopus + Star

Doesn't she look fancy?
She certainly thinks so... ;o)

If you want to participate in #Twoodle,
just click here to learn more!


A few prints for sale

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Hi there!

These are some of the prints I have for sale over at my Imagekind shop. The quality of their prints is really superb I have to say. I think these would look so cute in a baby or child's bedroom, don't you think? :o)

You can visit my shop here if you'd like to see more.


Twoodle: Candy+ Apple

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This is my Twoodle for this week using the words:
Candy and Apple
suggested by @1FuzzyMonster and @deuhlig

If you want to learn more about #Twoodle, click here.


Just released!

I worked on this little book a while back and found out that is now available. Yay!

It's a cute bath time board book featuring a bunny! I love drawing bunnies so I was thrilled when the people at Highlights asked if I wanted to create a bunny family for this book. I'll share a few pics of the inside once I receive my copies. :o)

This book is part of a set published by Highlights for Children and it's along the lines of their new Hello Magazine for little ones. You can learn more about these books and order some if you like by clicking here.


#Twoodle: Monster + Daisy

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My quick #Twoodle for this week using the words
Monster and Daisy suggested by @bluelily17

If you want to participate, you can!
Just click here to learn more. :o)


Twoodle: Duck + Rainbow

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Duck + Rainbow = Weeeeeeeeeeee!!!! :o)

My 5 minute warm up #Twoodle of the week.
If you want to #Twoodle, click here to learn more.



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I love fairies, don't you?

They are of course magical, but also I think they really touch that inner child in all of us.

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I will be using some of these fairies on our PBJunkies promo postcard which we'll be sending out soon.

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 Maybe they will sprinkle some of their fairy dust and find me some lovely fairy books to work on! :o)


Babybug Magazine- March 2013

Art © 2013 by Alicia Padrón

I was happy to illustrate a poem for this month's issue of Babybug magazine!

I haven't received my copies yet (one of the perks of living far, far away from houses.. hehe ) but my lovely agent was kind and sent me some images of the magazine so I thought I would share one of them with you. I'll share the rest when my copies arrive.

Art © 2013 by Alicia Padrón
And this is a little detail from the spread.

Really enjoyed painting this Indonesian family. And of course every fishing family should have a kitty! :o)

The Next Big Thing: A Global Blog Tour


I am participating in a global blog tour to bring awareness to authors and illustrators about their books.  A big thanks to the talented Maggie Smith for asking me to participate!

To answer these questions-

What is the working title of your latest book? 

The lastest book that I can talk about because it has already been released is Un Beso Antes De Dormir. Spanish for, A Kiss Before Bedtime.

Where did the idea come from for the book? 

I really only illustrated this book. Teresa Tellechea, the writer who is also the editor, was the one who came up with the idea.

What genre does your book fall under? 

Board book.

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What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition? 

That’s an interesting question! This book features babies kissing their mommies before going to sleep, so it would be lovely to have actresses playing themselves along with their babies. Since this board book has animals of all kinds living in their environments I would love for the actresses to be from all over the globe, in their native homes with their babies.

Juliette Binoche (France), Salma Hayek (Mexico) and Meryl Streep (US) come to mind.

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book? 

All kinds of baby animals gently kiss their mommies goodnight. 

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Who is publishing your book? 

Ediciones SM. First Spain then Mexico.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript? 

Teresa was in charge of that but I will answer this in the point of view of the illustrator. It took me about 2 weeks to roughly sketch these 10 spreads plus the cover.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre? 

There are a large selection of goodnight books like Goodnight Moon, Goodnight Baby, to name a few.

Who or what inspired you to write this book? 

What inspired me to illustrate this was the fact that I’m a mom and the strong love and affection I feel for my kids. I’ve mentioned this before, I feel I wouldn’t illustrate the way I do, If I didn’t have children. Being a mom changed me to what I am today. This may sound a bit of an exaggeration to some, but seriously, I think the way I draw kids, babies (human or animals) and their parents are a reflection of how I feel.

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What else about the book might pique the reader's interest? 

Well, here is a little secret.. I’m not sure I should say this but I know my editor Teresa wont mind, she is a sweetheart plus has complete trust in me for which I am forever grateful.

There is a tiny, little detail in one of the pages of the book that was drawn by my 11 year old daughter. She was thrilled to see the book come out with her own little illustration in it and I was even more delighted to see her face light up the first time she saw a printed copy. :o)


The Next Big Thing Blog Tour continues next Friday with:

the wonderful Jannie Ho 

Make sure to visit her and check out these new super adorable books.
I mean, just look at that mouse!! Hee.. too cute for words! :o)