Category Archives: Hazel Mitchell

Originally I am from Yorkshire, England, now I live and work in Maine, USA as a children’s writer/illustrator .

Hazel Mitchell: Illustration Friday – Mirror

From: Hazel Mitchell children’s Illustrator and writer
http://hazelmitchell.blogspot.com/2012/10/illustration-friday-mirror.html
October 05, 2012 at 11:44AM

Playing ‘Dress Up’.
This week’s entry for Illustration Friday
Toodles!
Hazel
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Hazel Mitchell: Beached – Sketch for today

From: Hazel Mitchell children’s Illustrator and writer
http://hazelmitchell.blogspot.com/2012/10/beached-sketch-for-today.html
October 01, 2012 at 11:30AM

Robots need holidays too.

Toodles!
Hazel

Hazel Mitchell: September Round Up …

From: Hazel Mitchell children’s Illustrator and writer
http://hazelmitchell.blogspot.com/2012/09/september-round-up.html
September 30, 2012 at 02:18PM

September has been a busy month for me! 
Here’s a quick round up of the whole shabang ..

PRINCETON BOOK FESTIVAL, NEW JERSEY
This is the first really BIG book festival I have exhibited at .. exhausting, fun – I’ll be back!
Jazams Book Store did an excellent job.
 At my table … It was hot and humid and windy!
  
 With Linda Barth, author of our book.
  We sold out … yippee!
 
 Saw lot’s of famous people! John Bemelmans Marciano …
 Bad Kitty and Nick Bruel (but he wasn’t in the costume I hasten to add. This was one HOT Kitty).
  Brian Lies and his wondrous car!

 Michael Buckley!

 The cooler than cool, Peter Brown …

 Awesome and prolific Roxie Munro!
Brian Floca!
PHILIP HOOSE PRESENTATION, PORTLAND, MAINE
A little later in the month I scooted down to Portland with the high-energy author Lynn Plourde to attend a presentation by Phil Hoose (National Book Award and Newbury Medal Winner) talking about his beautiful book MOONBIRD. Kirsten Cappy, from Curious City, did a great job putting this together.

NESCBWI  ILLUSTRATION SYMPOSIUM
Just before the month blew out in rain and wind (as it is today) I traveled with Anna Boll (SCBWI RA for Maine) to the Illustrator’s Symposium at NH Institute of Art, Manchester. Great faculty, caught up with some friends and feel set for the long nights of winter to come …
Anne Sibley O’Brien gave an excellent talk of drawing ethnicity in children’s books.
 
Melissa Sweet and the team who designed her book ‘Balloons over Broadway’ gave an excellent panel.
 Brain Lies gave a great talk on marketing … a reminder that we only get one go at a launch, so you had better plan!

 And I won a copy of Chris Van Dusen’s book in the door prizes. it’s a little spooky!!

I am ready for a few weeks at home in the studio WORKING!

Got good news coming in the pipeline too. Stay tuned!
Happy October
Toodles!
Hazel
http://hazelmitchell.com

Oh and I bought a Brian Lies bat, I love it!!

Hazel Mitchell: Highlights – a great (re)treat

From: Hazel Mitchell children’s Illustrator and writer
http://hazelmitchell.blogspot.com/2012/09/highlights-great-retreat.html
September 25, 2012 at 08:35AM

I promised a little run down on my recent visit to Highlight’s Foundation in Boyd’s Mill, PA. It puts the TREAT in RETREAT. Here’s one reason …

 and here’s another …

Just in case we were feeling faint they fed us 3-4 times a
day. And in between we were welcome to raid the pantry … yee gads!
Thankfully, all the top-notch food is locally sourced, cooked with care and healthfully. Which is good, because you wouldn’t want
to miss any of it! Especially ‘Angel Poop’ .. my fav dessert.

But there’s more to Highlights than just good grub. If you’ve no idea what I’m talking about, here’s a link to their website.
They run fabby writing and illustrating workshops for the kidlit
world at a wonderful facility in Pennsylvania. Highlights is allied to
Boyd’s Mill Publishers in Honesdale and the first day includes a
tour if you get there a little early. Which I did. A day early because of flights (which they don’t charge you for). I was
collected from Scranton airport by a very nice chap called Bob. All the staff are very welcoming and helpful. It’s a bit like being at a
private country club for children’s writers and artists, but with no
boring golf or rubbish conversation at the bar.)

at Boyd’s Mill … some place to have your office …

The Barn, where all workshops and meals take place. It’s a beautiful building and very welcoming, with informal rooms to lounge around in and a big space for work and eating. Some nights we ate on the patio.

Attendees get to stay in cute little private cabins … but I got to stay in the farmhouse, which I loved! 


The workshop I attended (Advanced Children’s Illustrators) had a great faculty – Eric Rohmann – Ruth Sanderson – Kelly Murphy – Floyd Cooper … plus guests including Neal Porter (Roaring Brook Press), David Wiesner, Donna-Jo Napoli. During the week, staff and editors from Boyd’s Mill popped in and shared mealtimes with us, which was very nice and friendly.

Days start early with coffee at 7.30am, followed by breakfast (and 2nd
breakfast if you want it!) then workshops at 9am until …. you want to
stop in the evening. It was great to have several days to experiment, the wonderful atmosphere and secluded surroundings of the
foundation make it a pleasure. After a day your fellow attendees feel
like family. The everyday world is a memory.

I wanted for nothing
while I was there. Wifi is available most everywhere (phone service is a
little squiffy, but there are house phones you can use a calling card on,
or get folks to call you back). If there is anything you need – then you
just have to ask. Did I say I worshiped the kitchen staff …?

There
is nothing, however, to top sitting down with seasoned
professionals and listen to their experiences, chat around the dinner
table or next to the outdoor fireplace and hear about experiences on a
personal level. With only 24 or so attendees it was great to really get
to know each other in intimate surroundings.

If you are looking
for a different experience from the usual hurly-burly of the conference
circuit, I suggest you give Highlights a try. The cost of the workshops
are truly reasonable given the level of attention and accommodation.
They also offer scholarships to those who qualify.

I leave you with some photos as they speak more eloquently than I …

 David Wiesner
 Neal Porter
 Eric Rohmann
Eric was my mentor for the workshop! Lucky me!
 

 Kelly Murphy
 Faculty Panel
 Portfolio Showcase



Toodles!
Hazel

Hazel Mitchell: Illustration Friday – Crooked

From: Hazel Mitchell children’s Illustrator and writer
http://hazelmitchell.blogspot.com/2012/09/illustration-friday-crooked.html
September 21, 2012 at 08:57AM

It’s all a little crooked – watch out little duck!
Toodles!
Hazel

Hazel Mitchell: My first book in Korean!

From: Hazel Mitchell children’s Illustrator and writer
http://hazelmitchell.blogspot.com/2012/09/my-first-book-in-korean.html
September 07, 2012 at 09:41AM

I think it’s a lot of fun when you see your book in another language. Here’s ‘Why am I Here?’ that I illustrated a couple of years back for Matthew Kelly.

I like that they took time to use a fun Korean typeface. It’s great to show at school visits!

Next time – what I got up to at Highlight’s Foundation Advanced Illustrator’s Workshop, in Boyd’s Mill, PA.

Toodles!

Hazel

Hazel Mitchell: Camden Library Book Festival

From: Hazel Mitchell children’s Illustrator and writer
http://hazelmitchell.blogspot.com/2012/08/camden-library-book-festival.html
August 26, 2012 at 01:22PM

Camden Public Library, Maine must be right up there in the list of
prettiest locations for a library. And last week I was lucky enough to
be part of the line up of authors and illustrators for the 7th Annual
Children’s Book Festival …. it was a fun day, and I think the pics say
it all! I love doing Book Festivals!
  



 Toodles!
Hazel

Hazel Mitchell: What’s My Style?

From: Hazel Mitchell children’s Illustrator and writer
http://hazelmitchell.blogspot.com/2012/08/whats-my-style.html
August 16, 2012 at 09:10AM

HOW DO I KNOW WHAT MY STYLE IS?
and the second question
HOW DO I GET ONE?
And here’s the thing – most of us already have a style. 
Writer’s call it VOICE. ‘What is our voice? Where does it come from? 
How do we capture it and nurture it and grow it?’  
As
a writer VOICE is the choices we make, the words we use, the cadence,
the point of view, 
the quality that makes the writing unique – and
recognizable.
And emerging illustrators struggle with all the same issues, especially
the ‘recognizable’ one. 

The one that will make us 
STAND OUT FROM THE
REST.

 Arthur Rackham

Toodles!
Hazel

Hazel Mitchell: Turbo Monkeys are Go

From: Hazel Mitchell children’s Illustrator and writer
http://hazelmitchell.blogspot.com/2012/08/turbo-monkeys-are-go.html
August 13, 2012 at 09:27AM

Turbo Monkeys GLOG launches today. A group of eight monkeys who met at NVSCBWI 2010/11 mentor programme. Lot’s of great info.

There will be prize giveaways all day to celebrate … to enter follow the blog  http://turbomonkeytales.blogspot.com/

Hope you will join!
Toodles
Hazel

Hazel Mitchell: Messy Martha

From: Hazel Mitchell children’s Illustrator and writer
http://hazelmitchell.blogspot.com/2012/08/messy-martha.html
August 08, 2012 at 07:45AM

Messy Martha, an educational book I illustrated recently, is now available on Reading A-Z.com,
 an excellent resource for teachers.


Here’s a couple more images …

Toodles!
Hazel

Hazel Mitchell: Sketch of the day – bounce

From: Hazel Mitchell children’s Illustrator and writer
http://hazelmitchell.blogspot.com/2012/08/sketch-of-day-bounce.html
August 03, 2012 at 09:13AM

This is a a happy, bouncy, creating monkey!
Ilustration Friday entry this week too.
Toodles!
Hazel

Hazel Mitchell: Chalk it up!

From: Hazel Mitchell children’s Illustrator and writer
http://hazelmitchell.blogspot.com/2012/08/chalk-it-up.html
August 02, 2012 at 12:23PM

I had a fantastic time at the Waterville, Maine, Art’s Festival on Saturday 28th July leading the ‘Chalk it Up’ event organized by Sarah Sugden from Waterville Public Library.

And so did the kids! Lots of chalk lots of space – when they found out they could draw anything REALLY BIG that was it. here are some pics …

Toodles!
Hazel

Hazel Mitchell: Kid’s Colouring Page – Drum Horse

From: Hazel Mitchell children’s Illustrator and writer
http://hazelmitchell.blogspot.com/2012/07/kids-colouring-page-drum-horse.html
July 31, 2012 at 07:04AM

This
colouring/activity page is for you to print out and give to children
– yours, someone else’s or to use in a school or library. Not to be used for commercial purposes. 

Simply click on the image and print.




Don’t forget to follow my blog so you will receive the latest Kid’s Page.

Toodles!

Hazel

Hazel Mitchell: Kid’s Colouring page – Jousting Knight

From: Hazel Mitchell children’s Illustrator and writer
http://hazelmitchell.blogspot.com/2012/07/kids-colouring-page-jousting-knight.html
July 23, 2012 at 08:39AM

This
colouring/activity page is for you to print out and give to children
– yours, someone else’s or to use in a school or library. Not to be used for commercial purposes. 

Simply click on the image and print.



Don’t forget to follow my blog so you will receive the latest Kid’s Page.

Toodles!

Hazel

Hazel Mitchell: Sketch for today – The Westie

From: Hazel Mitchell children’s Illustrator and writer
http://hazelmitchell.blogspot.com/2012/07/sketch-for-today-westie.html
July 20, 2012 at 03:28PM

A commission I did this week … and below the screen capture
Toodles!
Hazel
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