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Sara Vecchi Art - My First Issue!

Sara Vecchi Art - My First Issue!
By Sara Vecchi • Issue #1 • View online
Hello to you all! I’m starting this off by saying thank you for your interest in what I have going on. I love having a way to reach everyone whom is interested in my work, not just those whom social media algorithms decide I can reach.

January: A fresh start!
A banner I designed for social media.
A banner I designed for social media.
Though I am usually one to be sad once the holiday season is behind me, I felt hopeful going into the new year. Even though my hopeful feeling took a serious shaking throughout the month, I came through it all determined to have this be a big year for me, artistically.
I started the month out with a project that pulled me out of my comfort zone. A very dear little girl I love had a birthday, and I wanted to send her a present that would let her use her wonderful, creative brain. So, I went to the store, bought a handful of fun papers in her favorite colors, and then got to work!
The final piece! A shiny, galactic unicorn.
The final piece! A shiny, galactic unicorn.
I was really pleased with the result, considering I hadn’t done any collage work since college. I may just have to dabble every now and then!
Most of the rest of my artistic endeavors for the month were focused around drawings of some of the characters in the Dungeons & Dragons group some friends and I started this month. Excessively nerdy, yes, but so much fun! I ended up doing full drawings for my friend, Kristy, Matt, and myself, though I think I will eventually draw the others in our group as well.
Arwen, elven ranger
Arwen, elven ranger
Thordar Stonebreaker, dwarven barbarian
Thordar Stonebreaker, dwarven barbarian
Zelestia, half-elven bard
Zelestia, half-elven bard
February
#PBPitch was Feb. 11th, which is a twitter event that lets authors and author/illustrators post picture book ideas to be seen by agents and editors who can then respond if they are interested. I used this as a goal for myself to have something presentable for the picture book my friend Cynara and I have been cooking up for the past couple years. She sent me the latest revisions of the text, I made some alterations to the spreads I had drawn so that it was a better fit, and I finished one spread to full color. I brainstormed some pitches with some friends and came up with one that worked rather well!
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#PBPitch Penny is the only hen in the coop whose egg just won’t hatch! She is beginning to give up hope until another hen’s offer to help changes both of their lives.

This story by a real-life surrogate pair shares the generosity of surrogacy with young children. https://t.co/1aUqcITmNr
No agents or editors “liked” my tweet, but I did get encouragement from fellow illustrators. This story just needs to find the right home. It will get there!
March: Goodbye winter, hello spring!
Back in February, I came across the Plum Pudding Illustration Agency contest called the Plum Awards, and thought I’d give it a go! They ask artists to submit a colored cover design and two black and white interior page spreads. The options for stories this year were either Jason and the Argonauts or King Midas. These submissions were due March 22, so most of my art during this time was focused on finish this project. Here are my finished submissions!
Since several projects I have in mind for the future are graphic novel format, I decided to give myself some more practice with setting up panels. Overall, I am pleased with what I submitted.
The rest of my efforts in March were put towards a humor article a fellow SWBWI Central Ohio chapter member came up with. The article is going to be out on submission, so I probably won’t share any of the drawings I did for that quite yet.
On A Personal Note
Collage wasn’t the only thing I put my hand to again after a long time away! Several years ago, I was gifted a heaping load of embroidery floss, so I bought myself a hoop and thought I’d give it a go. I made two sad excuses of samplers where I just poked around with some thread. It was fun, but I tucked it all away, thinking I’d pick it up again later. Now I have! I made my mother and mother-in-law these adorable heart samplers for Valentine’s Day and I thought they turned out precious. I’m looking forward to the next project I take on, though I haven’t decided what it will be yet.
 Rainbow Heart Sampler by tinkinstitches on Etsy
Rainbow Heart Sampler by tinkinstitches on Etsy
Looking Forward
I don’t expect to win the Plum Awards, but I’m looking forward to seeing who does win once they make the announcement on April 2nd. With my work on my submission behind me, I plan to turn my attention back to the Nest Friends story and finish out several more spreads so we can begin querying with the book in earnest. Fingers crossed it will all go well!
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