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September 24, 2017

I can only speak from my own experiences, but I have a feeling that this may ring true with others who are on this journey, so I figured I'd talk a bit about my experiences "growing up" as an illustrator: my journey into the KIDLITART world so far:

Stage 1- Artist Infan...

June 7, 2017

When I was an elementary school teacher, I was taught that if a lesson wasn't going well (the students weren't engaged or "getting it," if it felt stuck, or if something  just wasn't right about it) that the best thing to do was to stop and make a change. Sometimes, th...

May 14, 2017

It's been a while. In the last 5 months or so, there have been SO many changes... my family moved from Florida to New Hampshire, I started and then stopped a new day job, I've attended the big NYC SCBWI conference in February, I was offered (and accepted) a spot in the...

November 2, 2016

I wrote this to celebrate Picture Book Month... 

Why Picture Books are Important

by Lorian Dean

Reading is the gateway to all other kinds of learning, all other kinds of experiences. For pre-readers, engaging with a book full of pictures that tell a story, pages that turn...

October 26, 2016

I was interviewed for the Puddle Jump Collective (www.puddlejumpcollective.com) about a recent workshop I attended in Atapuerca, Spain. Here's the interview!

Puddle Jump: Lorian, we understand you recently adventured to Spain for PictureCamp. What prompted your que...

July 17, 2016

I have a good excuse, I swear!

In the past two months, I've been busier than I've ever been. I'm SUPER excited about the Indie Pub project I'm working on with Kevin and Jesse Howard, The Kookabuk Series... can't say much about it yet, but it is EPIC. So good. Honored to...

May 30, 2016

I been so busy, but in a good way. And in the midst of my stress, I really just feel so grateful that I get to do this for a living. I'm learning and growing so much.

 

I've recently looked through some of my older work and I see how far I've come in the past year. (In o...

May 2, 2016

I'm challenging myself to do a 3-minute sketch every day this month, to keep loose, and to develop my ability to think on my feet. I find myself over-thinking and over working pieces, and I want to get back to that spontaneous creating, where true art lives. Then, I ca...

April 30, 2016

I've been trying to be more reflective and analytical of my work and my process, and the bottom line is that I just need to keep making work, but I also want to keep these things in mind: 

 

1. Use references and do studies. 

 

2. You're first one...

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