New Book !

The book I illustrated last year has been published! So, happy to see the finished product. I’m always relieved when the color in the book is true to the original artwork. Anyway, this was published by Benchmark Educational Pub. It’s for 3rd graders and it’s a play about what happens to Jack and his mother after he cuts down the beanstalk. Kind of fun I think.

In Search of a Beanstalk,   By Bryon Cahill   Illustrated by Melissa Saylor  Benchmark Educational Pub.

In Search of a Beanstalk,

By Bryon Cahill

Illustrated by Melissa Saylor

Benchmark Educational Pub.

Rainy Day Artwork

Well, I felt like I got kind of a late start today in my studio, but I did get a bit of work done. Painted some paper, that’s always fun and messy. Then, this little girl and her rabbit friend showed up. I like her. And if a nice red bird stops by to sing you a little song, all the better!

“Peace Rabbit”  4x6  Cut Paper

“Peace Rabbit” 4x6 Cut Paper

I've Returned !!!

I have been absent from blogging for so long, I apologize. Life gets busy, as you know. What have you been up to Melissa, you ask? Well lets see, I’ve been moving my art studio back to my home. This is no small task, let me tell you. The move has taken far longer than anticipated. But, the job is complete…mostly. I also traveled to NY for the SCBWI conference (Society of Children’s Book Writers & Ilustrators) in February. It was amazing, had a great time and learned a lot. These conferences always have a huge turn out and you always get something out of them. After I got home, I caught a cold that would not go away, or at least it felt that way. Have not been that sick in years. Anyway, that’s over.

Thought I would post a few new pieces of art. These will probably end up at the gallery (Gallery Calapooia) I show in.

That’s it for now. Thanks for stopping by.

“Turtle” Cut Paper 5x7

“Turtle” Cut Paper 5x7

“Cat Hat” Cut Paper 5x7

“Cat Hat” Cut Paper 5x7

“Fish” Cut Paper  5x7

“Fish” Cut Paper 5x7

Day 1...Poisonous

So, there is this October challenge that happens each year. It’s called Inktober and artist can post drawings everyday or once a week. Which ever fits your life. Anyway, I always want to take part in this, and always seem to be late to the party. So, this year, I tried to get myself more organized and I’m going to do my best to follow along and draw something that goes with the daily prompt. Today is Poisonous.

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Just Having Some Fun

This is a collage I've been working on for a couple days.  Not sure yet what I will call it.  But, for anyone who is interested, I paint most of my own papers.  I make stamps and also buy some ready made rubber stamps,  and just make as many colors and designs as I can and then start cutting them up and hopefully make something.   I have a rubber stamp that is dots and I use that a lot.  I like dots.  However, the newsprint in the background comes from some old Readers Digest magazines that belonged to my Mother.  She loved Readers Digest.  I found out, much to my surprise that they glue down beautifully to canvas.  I use an acrylic medium to glue the images and papers down.  Then use the same acrylic medium to paint over the whole thing. 

For some reason, I'm really enjoying drawing and creating little mouse creatures.  I like my mice to wear clothes as well.  If I were doing yard work, I would not look this dapper.  But, as you might know, mice have a way about them.

 

16 x 16 Collage      Melissa Babcock Saylor

16 x 16 Collage      Melissa Babcock Saylor

Something New Coming Soon

So, here is a little sneak peek at some illustrations I did recently.  This book is being published by Benchmark an educational  book publisher.  It is called In Search of a Bean Stalk.  My understanding is it will be available in September 2018.  I'll keep you posted.  Hope you enjoy these illustrations.  They were so much fun to make.

 

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Making a Sunflower

A sunflower just says Summer to me.  So, in honor of the first day of Summer, I've made a cut paper sunflower.  Of coarse a friend showed up.  The leaf of a sunflower is always a nice place to sit. 

 

"Sunny Day with a Friend"  Cut Paper  10x17               Melissa Babcock Saylor  

"Sunny Day with a Friend"  Cut Paper  10x17               Melissa Babcock Saylor  

A Look at my new Book

Well, at long last it is here!  The book I illustrated called Also an Animal by Lynn Parish Sutton is out and available for purchase.  It is a lovely book written in verse and I think it's just a delight.

Here is a link to the site where you can purchase.

https://new.myubam.com/p/7076/also-an-animal

This is the cover of the book. 

This is the cover of the book. 

Here is a look inside the book.  I love the puffin.

Here is a look inside the book.  I love the puffin.

Using up my Scraps

Believe it or not, I'm busy using up some of my paper scraps.  And I have a lot!  Last week sometime, I said to myself....self, what should I do with all these scraps of paper.  I really hate to throw them away. Well low and behold, I started making little houses.  Now, truth be told, I've always drawn little houses in my sketch book or just doodled them on paper laying around and I also adore and love house quilts. Any kind.  Well, it didn't take long and I was sniping away and pasting to my hearts content. I hope you enjoy seeing them.  I had fun making them.

"A Colorful Neighborhood" 7x7 Cut Paper    Melissa Babcock Saylor

"A Colorful Neighborhood" 7x7 Cut Paper Melissa Babcock Saylor

"Standing Out in a Crowd"  7x7 Cut Paper   Melissa Babcock Saylor

"Standing Out in a Crowd"  7x7 Cut Paper   Melissa Babcock Saylor

The King of Hearts came to Visit

So, I always have my sketchbook with me.  And not long ago, while on a family vacation in South Carolina (Edisto Beach) I was playing cards and I thought it might be fun to design my own deck of cards.  Here is the sketch and what I ended up with.  This was done fairly quickly.  There is a sketch of the Queen as well.  In fact a couple sketches. The Queen at the bottom of the page looks a bit cranky.  Also, a turtle at the top of the page.  Because I'm always on the lookout for turtles while at the beach.  I've never seen one, only tracks.  They're very sly.

The finished King card is at the bottom of this post.  As you can see I changed him to the King of Hearts from a spade.   Because well, why not?  This illustration was done in cut paper. Using mostly paper that I hand painted and stamped myself.  I did use a bit of sheet music and then employed Photoshop to finish things up.

Hope you enjoyed this visit.

 

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