Back to Work on Picture Books

I took a “break” to work on the book about our house, which was good.  Then do the house video tour, then break my wrist (LOL), then celebrate our son’s graduation from high school, then celebrate with my husband our 25th wedding anniversary.  Here we are, 25 years ago.  🙂





Now I’m back to illustrating and am excited about it!  I am currently working on my humorous picture book titled The Plate.  I’m hoping it can bring laughter, enjoyment, and a time for sharing the joy of books to many children and their teachers and parents and caregivers. 

Here is the illustration I’m doing now, partially completed:

I draw digitally on my laptop, using the mouse pad and the program Fresh Paint.  I really like this program.  I mostly use “colored pencil” and “watercolor.”  I am truly amazed that the shading, detail, & effects I can accomplish with this program.  Also, how else can you do “watercolor” that erases?  LOL 

In addition, a young man who is still in high school but has taken art classes is working on the illustrations for another of my humorous picture books, The Clowns. It is based on a true story.  🙂  I’ll let you guess which character was me.  😀 

I’m very pleased with this young man’s work and am looking forward to publishing this book also.

I don’t have estimated publishing dates yet, but I will let you know of course.  🙂  For more frequent updates on my children’s picture books specifically, you can check out my Patreon page.

Also don’t forget to print off my free coloring pages from The Cat Race, if you know anyone who likes to color.  🙂 

Christa Upton  Black Hills Picture Books   Edgemont, SD  57735

About Christa Upton

I am a wife and mother of three children ages 11, 14, and 18. I used to be a stay-at-home mom (teaching piano & dance, volunteering, etc). From 2007 to 2010, I suffered accidental Toxic Injury (also called Multiple Chemical Sensitivity or MCS). MCS has had major impact on our family, but the forced time in bed has given me time to write. So far, I have published 4 children's books (2 in e-book format on Kindle, one in Print-on-Demand at CreateSpace, and one printed by a local printer). Sometimes I miss my old life, but I love writing for children!
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