Illustration Friday–a bit late

Kate/ October 13, 2004/ blog

I actually drew this on Friday, so doesn’t that count? I spent most of the day just like that, with my Maggie’s whiskers in my face and her heartbeat on my belly.

*Sigh* I wish I could be there now!

I have come to work every day this week… late, perhaps, but I’ve made it. I’m not sure what kind of extra credit I think I’ll get for that but… the point is, really, to avoid confrontation. I do not do well in confrontational situations, especially at work.

On the upside, I continue to do freelance projects on the side, including more doggie plates. Next up are Dachshund, Corgie and Yorkie. I’m currently working on Beagle and Pug. The Pug, I must say, is going to be cute. I’ll admit that I’m not big on Pugs but you know, once I draw something for the first time, I find a whole new level of appreciation for it. Besides that, the setting was completely my idea–Pug and owner at the beauty salon. Hence the need for old school hooded hair dryers. Thanks for the suggestions, I found what I was looking for!

I received photos of the prototypes today–here’s a sneak peek!

This and all the others will be available at the end of January 2005. I’ll keep you posted as to where and how to find them.

In the meantime, there’s a solar eclipse visible in Hawaii, Alaska and parts of Asia tonight. Let’s hope the eclipse brings great bounties of luck to both you and me.

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About Kate

Kate Garchinsky illustrates and writes children’s books and educational media in her studio in the woodlands near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Her debut picture book, The Secret Life of the Red Fox, written by acclaimed wildlife author, Laurence Pringle, received a starred review from School Library Journal. Kate Garchinsky received a grant from the Eckelberry Fellowship at the Academy of Natural Sciences, where she has been researching and illustrating extinction stories about North American birds such as the Passenger Pigeon and the Carolina Parakeet. Prior to creating children’s books, Kate designed lots of fun things like toys, birdbaths and trail maps. She lives with her husband Brian, Julia and Spencer the cats, and her one-eyed beagle, Maggie May. Kate recently signed on to illustrate two more “Secret Life” narrative non-fiction picture books with Boyds Mills Press—The Secret Life the Little Brown Bat (2018) and The Secret Life of the Skunk (2019). While drawing foxes and bats, Kate also began work on Belle’s Journey, a middle-grade non-fiction chapter book by ornithologist and osprey expert, Rob Bierregaard (Charlesbridge 2018). Get to know more about Kate Garchinsky at (aka