Boy Reading Published in SCBWI


Karen B. Jones - Illustrator

So, I received my copy of the SCBWI Bulletin in the mail yesterday and I found out which of my images they picked to publish. Turns out it’s Boy Reading, an image I sent them in May of 2012. Yay!  So, when they say they hang onto artwork to use later, they really aren’t kidding! smiley 15tearsheet 550

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Christmas Illustrations


It’s summer, so time to draw Christmas things!  Over the last few weeks I’ve been working on some line drawings for a Christmas coloring book for, an Irish educational publisher.  Here are links to those illustrations on my blog.

Christmas in May
More Christmas Things
And More Christmas Stuff
One last set of Christmas Illustrations

Some are just coloring pages, some are connect the dots, some are spot-the-difference, and some are hidden-pictures.

Illustrations and Art


small2 Come on out to see some art work in Liberty, MO this March and April 2015.  Woodneath MCPL Library is where a new group of us Northland SCBWI writers and illustrators are getting together once a month to talk about illustration and manuscripts. Our first meeting was this month. Can’t wait to get some of the local illustrators better! So thankful for this wonderful and supportive place to meet.

Come out to see my art show


Andale, Cat. Go!-small My portfolio is taking shape. What I have so far is in a show at Smithville Midcontinent Public Library this month until January 31st.  If you live near Kansas City, stop by and take a look.  I’m going to make calls this week and contact people who are interested in an illustrators and writers critique group in the Northland of KC.  Wish me luck. Contact me if you’d like to join in.

Illustrators for Kids has expanded?


Hello, looks like we’ve expanded since I last checked in a few years back. Welcome everyone. Sorry to keep missing that this isn’t local.  Welcome to everyone. 

“Illustrators for Kids is a for artists and SCBWI members of the Missouri, Kansas, and Oklahoma chapters for sharing and critiquing new work.” Great news!

Working on the Portfolio- SCBWI this weekend!


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Hi everyone, in KC and KS and MO, sorry to mistype that last time.  I’ve been able to get my sketches into something that resembles an 8 x 10. The boarders and edging are really tricky though because I need a lot of space to “break open the box.” But I think it’s working, and I’m keeping the proportions close enough to work with in photoshop.  I have two questions: 1. What is your best method for scanning, or capturing images to work with digitally? If you do any media outside of the computer, how to you get a great picture to work with digitally? 2. How many images do you suggest for a Portfolio?  Should they be diverse, or show I have a certain style? Here is what I have so far:


Also I’m learning how to Twitter. Feel free to join in @polly_mccann     Thanks! anyone going to SCBWI this Saturday in Overland Park, KS? I am, I’ll see you there.  Didn’t see anything much for illustrators. Did I miss something?

Just signed up for PiBoIdMo



November is Picture Book Month. PiBoIdMo (Picture Book Idea Month) is a brilliant idea to celebrate the month by coming up with a new picture book idea every day in November. Visit Tara Lazar’s blog to sign up. You might surprise yourself with all your creative ideas. Then you have a whole year to work on the stories.