Friday, March 23, 2012

Learning Disabilities

I grew up in LD classes. (learning disabilities) which was like special ed but a step above. No one knew what was wrong with me... including me. All i knew is i couldn't spell, and had a hard time reading and understanding what i read. I found out later that i had A.D.D. (attention deficit disorder) and dyslexia. Some have asked me what is it like to have A.D.D. or Dyslexia? First off i don't see things backwards. i see things normal. but when i try to get the idea from my head to my fingers it comes out all mixed up. lets say i want to type 123 but for some reason i type 2 then 3 then remember i forgot the 1 (231) weird huh. and the a.d.d. is like listening to 20 radio stations at once my mind keeps wandering.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

more Q and A on illustrations

Q)  How do you do your illustrations?

A) I do my illustrations in many ways. Today I will be talking about livescribe smart pen. This pen can be used by students and artist. This pen can record teachers and professors while you take notes and the notes and the voices can be uploaded to your computer. Also it has a cool play back feature that you can tap on your notes and hear what was said when you where writing those notes. But I also use this for doodles. You can doodle on the paper and then upload it to your computer. Then i use photoshop to paint the doodles. If your interested you can save 15% on this pen by clicking here 

Friday, January 20, 2012

Author and illustration presentation day

Reading is a door into imagination! I Spent the day at Summersville Middle School in West Virginia. After a 2 hour drive through the snow covered mountains, the highway finally cleared just as the sun was rising. The yellowish pink winter sunrise welcomed me to a start of a new day. I arrived early in Summersville around 7:30am I had to be there at 8:30 so I had plenty of time for breakfast at  McDonalds. The people in Summersville where so polite and kind, with a hello, a smile, and a how do you do. Southern hospitality. It was a good start to a great day. When I arrived  everyone at the school was also so nice.They escorted  me to the right room. As i followed a nice young boy through the maze like halls enjoying the paper dolls and other works  of art that where taped to the walls. The boy was telling me about this teacher here is so and so, and thats so and so, she is a good teacher i like her. And then i met Barbra and her class. Everything was great. after we whent to the hall and we had our presentations. Anna Egan Smucker was there reading and talking about her books and how she writes them. I learned alot from her and i'm sure the kids did too. Then it was my turn and the kids listen very well and asked such great questions. i signed a lot of books and hope to return to see my new friends some day.

Friday, January 6, 2012

Uncle Dave's Q and A

Recently I have been asked a lot of questions about how to write children's book. So I will be answering these questions and if you have any you can post them in the comments  or email me

Q)     How do you come up with the ideas for your books?

A)     Sometimes they just come to me. Inspiration strikes! But the majority of my ideas are always close to home. You write what you know I always say. The things I write about are inspired by my family, my pets, or just my experiences in life. If you are a writer you should always write what you know. I know this sounds simple but don't write about the civil war if your not a history major! Also keep your mind open and a pen and paper handy at ALL TIMES! These things have a way of waking you up at night.

Q)    How do you make your illustrations?

A)    Sometimes I use color pencils and scan them into Photoshop and I use a WACOM BAMBOO pen tool. This pen is actually a mouse that knows your pen pressure. I LOVE IT!! and no I do not get paid to say that.... I wish I did. I use Photoshop smudge and burn and dodge tools to push around the colors like watercolor and finger painting... I am a big kid after all.

Q)    What schools did you go to?

A)    I have an AS degree in visual communications from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh and I went to California University of Pennsylvania for my art ed degree but did not get it.

More questions and answers to COME!!!!