Hello Blogger Friends and Family,
Soooooo sorry that I have been away so very long.
I do apologize for that. Work calleth and I had to
answer so I can keep food, roof and lights and computer on.
Know what I mean??? I knew you would.
It's been a long while. Gosh I miss you all so much!
I really do. Life has been going on from
deaths to births and jobs and no jobs and all kinds
of good stuff. I say good because if we stay on
the negative to long it will bring one down
and as you know, and if you know Vanessa, that ain't
me. Anywhooo, I am working on books and doing
things that I hope share soon. Looking to do some videos on
collage and showing you the day in the life of
Vanessa Brantley-Newton. It's so not what you think LOL!
Okay, so here are a few pieces that I have been working
on. Still doing character studies and then there is a piece
from a up coming book by Disney -Hyperion which is called
"We Shall Over Come". And the very last is a personal piece.
I think people are beautiful and that I get to capture them
beautiful, flawed, happy or sad, is a blessing and it
is my joy to share it all with you. Hope that you all
are doing well and will be with the ones you love for the
holiday. I will be back before then to share more with you
Shalom and blessing!!
Just dropped by to tell you about a cute new book
by my dear Friend Bella Sinclair
Bella is an amazing illustrator and has a sense of humor second
to none!! This little book is just TO CUTEEEEEEE! I am soooo very proud
of her!! YOU GO BELLA! How awesome is this! Of course we are looking
to see more. You can purchase the book here on Amazon.
I want to THANK EACH and EVERYONE of you
who stopped by and left me such sweet and
encouraging words at such a difficult time
in my life. Your comments and words are like
healing balm to my soul and I appreciate that
you took time to say anything at all. God
bless each of you.
Now just a little something to make YOU smile.
I love when Trick or Treaters come to my door.
Honestly I do! I love the costumes and the
cute little faces. They always bring a smile
to my face. I just had to share a moment
that I captured. These kids really made
my day with their awesome costumes.
Have a wonderful week beautiful people!!
Hello Good People!!
It has been a super duper long time since I
have had the pleasure of blogging.
The last couple of weeks have been really
very difficult for me and my family.
I lost three very special people in my life.
One right behind the other and it was
devastating to say the very least. I have done
more crying over the last couple of weeks
then you even want to know about.
Everyday day gets a little bit better.
Today is one of those days. I had the
pleasure to work with Debbie Levy
a wonderful author of children's and young adult books.
The book is called, " We Shall Over Come" Published by
I am happy to share some of the pictures
here with you. The release date is set for Dec 2013.
You can find it at Barnes and Noble and Amazon.
Hope you like it. Best to you all.
Pondering all this sweet and beautiful and very whimsical!!
Someone very special, whom I love vey much, helped me in
my greatest time of need. She didn't judge me, but
loved me and helped me more than she will ever
really know. I will always be grateful to her
because people like her don't come into your life
everyday. She is more precious than gold and
sweeter then honey from a honey comb.
We don't speak or email everyday. We don't do lunch every
week. We don't even send each others birthday cards
or anything, but she is family. My sister from
another mother. Thinking of you today with so much
appreciation and more love then one heart can hold.
Hello Blogger Family,
Well it has indeed been a long time since I have posted anything.
I have been so very busy with family and work up to my eyeballs.
I am so grateful for work and all, but I really, really, really
miss blogging and visiting your blogs!! Now that the children
are back in school I should hope to find more time to blog.
Please forgive me for not coming around to visit you all.
I hope you all know that I appreciate your comments
and encouragement. All of you are in my thoughts always.
Your visits mean so much. Wishing you the sweetest week
ever! Best to you all.
Just a little project that I am working on.
Thinking of you all today! All of my blogger friends.
You are in my thoughts constantly.
Sending each of you the biggest hug right now.
Lord knows we need it.
Hope that your day is filled with smiles and giggles
and yes, a hug or two just when you need it most.
Thinking of you Bella Sinclair!!
Hello Blogger Family,
Hope that you all are enjoying your summer!
It's been raining here in Charlotte, NC for
about 3 weeks now and I need some sunshine
beautiful people. If there is anyone who can
lend me some sun, please let me know as soon
as possible as I think I am gettin' all pruney.
Some good things are happening and I think
that the rain is a good indicator for that.
Last week I was interviewed by Rachel Awes,
and I just finished another awesome interview
with Koosje Koene on her fantastic blog
Here is a little excerpt from her blog.
Finally, my very first Online Character Design Workshop is ready to be launched. Below is a little sneak peek. It's a 4-week workshop starting Monday August 5. It ends on Saturday the 31st of August. There are limited seats, so be quick to enroll! Read all about it by clicking here
Then another interview with Julie Danielson of Kirkus Reviews.
Seven Impossible Things before Breakfast!!
Thank you Lord for the wonderful people that you have given me through Blogging. You beautiful souls
have been such a bright spot in and through some very, very rough times.
Thanks so much for your support and encouragement. It's such a blessing!
Shalom to you all.
Hope that you all had a wonderful holiday and if you are still
enjoying the holiday that it's filled with lots of good
food, friends, and family.
Rachel Awes of, allididwaslisten.blogspot.com
invited me to share to how I listen with my brand of art.
I really, really love Rachel's blog. She has been a great inspiration
to me as an illustrator and artist.
She is also a fantastic Artist and illustrator too.
She is a great listener as well. Check out her blog
for her new book named after her blog! YOU WILL LOVE IT
A wonderful journal that will warm your heart and inspire
you to just listen.
Thank you Rachel for letting me share my art with you and
Hello Blogger Friends,
It's been a while I know! Hope that all of
your are enjoying your summer and that all
is well with you and your families.
Well it's wedding season and I have so many
request for wedding invites and things.
I just did this cute one for some close
family friends. They have had a very hard time
trying to find invites and special things
that reflect who they are as couple. Actually
it's been kinda painful for them and now it is
my joy to present this wedding invite to the
both of them and take away a bit of the pain!
Congrats Kela and Jacob!!
Tearfully Happy V
Arrrrrgggghhhh There Mates
Thank you so much for your sweet and kind comments.
I read all of them and I am so grateful that you
fabulous people still take time out of your busy
day to come a visit and leave such kind words and
encouragement!!! This Pirate is up to she skivvies
in work! Will be back soon. Arrrggghhh!
A few weeks ago, I was commissioned to create a handmade picture book for actress Kerry Washington, star of ABC's “Scandal”. It was an exciting project and it allowed me to work alongside some beautifully talented women: my sisters Coy LaVerne Brantley Curry and Moo Karen McLendon Gunter, along with my sister-friend, Editor Karen Procter.
This beautiful project was for the community organization, Cool Culture (www.coolculture.org), which addresses the absence of low-income families in the audiences of New York's wonderful arts, cultural, and scientific institutions.
Bevy Smith, (Host of Dinner With Bevy- www.dinnerwithbevy), graciously presented the book to Kerry Washington. To God Be All the Glory for the opportunities that HE presents. Our God IS AWESOME!!!
I had a baby! Yes indeed she was living in my head for
well over nine months and she was born last night.
Meet Efaytayoh. He he he he! This little character has
been begging to come out and play. Glad to finally have
her out of my head and on paper!
Best to you all.
Just came by to let you know...
Yes now you can have your very own copy
of Cedella Marely's, "Every Little Thing"
illustrated by Me!
Get the book from Amazon or Barnes and Noble
for under $10.00. Makes a great gift for
Birthday's, Babyshower, Rosh Hashanah, and Christmas.