Things have been so amazingly busy here in the Toymaker's Workshop
that my nieces have very kindly offered to fill in for me as
junior apprentice Toymakers. They colored and tested the Magic
Window toy which you can see here…
(Computer Tip – If the new toys are not showing up on
your screen, try hitting the refresh button on the browser bar.
If that doesn’t work try emptying your cache.)
"Every artist may not be a special type of person,
but every person is a special type of artist". ~ Eric Gill
If you would like to read the tale of how Prince Yowler met
his lovely bride Princess Whimbit, but there are a few details
that needed to be made clear, especially the part about the
magic fish, which wasn't really a magic fish at all, so I wrote
And, should you be so inclined, you may read it here...
is particularly hard if you divide it into small jobs."
~ Henry Ford
been working night and day illustrating a very cool children's
book for Scholastic. It is a wonderful project and I’m
pleased as punch to be a part of it. I just wish that I could
show you the pictures because they are really fun… but
it's all very hush hush so I guess that we’ll just have
long time ago, when I was getting ready to start college, I
met with the admissions counselor and she asked me what my major
was. I remember summoning up as much courage and conviction
as my eighteen-year old nerd girl self could, and squeaking,
"My name is Marilyn and I'm going to be a children's book
illustrator." The counselor rolled her eyes and replied
something like, "Yeah, sure." and slapped me in a
string of general ed classes. Since that day I've had a lot
of jobs in the arts, draftsman, magazine work, clothing designer,
art teacher, art director... but always in the back of my mind
was a super secret wish.
now, every morning when I pick up my pencil, I am very grateful
and say with all the courage and conviction of a much older
nerd mom self, "My name is Marilyn and I am a
children's book illustrator."
encourage you to see if there is any super secret wish that
you've had smushed and shoved away in a closet.Take it out and
give it a shake. Be brave. Try the things that you really want
to do. You never know where it might take you.
terque quaterque beatum”
are three or four times blessed.
If you have extra coats lying around the house here is a good
place for them…