New Book

New Book
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Friday, October 30, 2009

My Brother Pal Peter Bresse is having a wonderful show in Dallas, Texas at
the 4th Wall Gallery on November 7th. I will not be able to be there, but I would
really love to share in the evening with him. Peter is an awesome illustrator! I love
his retro style fashion illustrations. The delicious black line and spots of color. From
robots to fabulously painted Mod models Peter brings it in his own style.
I have been following Peter's blog for a long time. You should really see his old stuff.
Wonderful robots that I have always adored! Peter I wish you all the very best
and lots of fun and SALES! We are all so very proud of you! YOU ROCK DUDE!!!!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

"Hey Mom, I want to be a Show Girl!"

Oh Yeah, I know it's a bit shameful, but yes, yours truly has always, always had a thing for
the cute little blinged out costumes, feathers, and makeup. I wanted to be a Show Girl!!!
I can only imagine what I put my poor parents through using their good sheets and
wax flowers trying to pull it off he he he! Here's wishing you a very happy and safe Halloweeny!

Saturday, October 24, 2009


Is it me or is Halloweeny coming up really fast this year???
Have a safe one!!!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Not Making the Cut

Well Friends, it is said," In each ones life some rain must fall." I ended up with hurricane with
this little project. My wonderful Agent and friend
Lori Norwicki of was working on getting me this possible job with a well know book publisher, which shall remain nameless.
I really wanted this job very badly. Well, while the editors loved the
artwork, the art director didn't! He or she felt is was to commercial. It took me a couple of days to pull it together. A few pep talks from my brother Eric and sister Bella and I let it go.
I remember when disappointing situation like this would have devastated me and left me
feeling like such a failure. The fact is sometime we just don't make the cut and it not because we are not talented or capable. It just didn't work for them. Why am I sharing this information?? Just being real, we live in a real world with real people. In this business of
children's book illustration, fashion, editoral, crafting or the like, someone is going to have
an opinion about our work. Some will like it and some will not and just because they don't
doesn't make you any less talented or gifted. If I only told you about the good things and how
I got this or that job I would not be who I am. The Vanessa Brantley-Newton
who blogs here is the same Vaness Brantley-Newton who speaks to many of you on the
phone, via email, and facebook and through comments on your blogs. I share the good, the bad, and the ugly with yall he he he! Hey, as my very geechee Mama would say, " Chil' what don't kill ya sure will fatten you and when life gives you lemons, dam it, make lemonade!" I thought I would share the illustrations with you as well. Other project have come and will come and I am so very grateful for them. I hope that this will encourage those of you who feel like you've failed or didn't make the cut in some way. I would say to you, keep doing your best work. Enjoy the process of creation, laugh at yourself, pick yourself up and dust yourself off and try again.
Breakthrough is just around the corner.

Saturday, October 17, 2009


Eric knew something was up when he and his family came home to find
their freezer in the middle of the kitchen floor. Yup, the "Frozen", veggies
decided to put on a show. With all the falling down, they had managed to move
the freezer away from the wall. That lazy lima bean and his french string bean
partner were rehearsing their frozen follies right there in the freezer.
Moral of the story, there is none. he he he he!!!
Okay, back to my rock. Have a wonderful week everyone.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Gotta Get Gone Again!!!

Hey Everyone, I've got to get gone for a minute, but I'll be right back to hangout
and play. I have to do some work! Now behave yourselves till I get back now
you hear??? he he he! Have a wonderfully creative week Yall!!

Friday, October 9, 2009


Camille and Brown got away just in time. She hadn't done her homework
or chores. She placed the balloon up to her mother's bedroom window and
got all the hot air she and Brown needed to take a balloon ride for the day.
he he he!

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

It's Friendship, Friendship!

This is a prompt from WW "Younger Frankenstein".
Frankie and Mo would remain best friends throughout their lifetime. And even though
they didn't fit in with everyone else they love each others and they
loved themselves! I love you just the way you are my friends!
Remember Lucy and Ethel singing the,"Friendship" song???
Okay to the tune of that he he he! Here we go!!!
If you're ever need a brain call my name,
If you're ever chased by a crowd scream real loud
If they ever run you down and tell us to leave this town
(Well still have)
That's the prefect planship!
When the village idiots are after you.
I'll still be true blue!
alotta lotta lotta boo boo boo!
he he he!
Thanks Everyone for making my 46th birthday such a treat!
he he he!

Saturday, October 3, 2009

A Happy Germy Birthday to Me!!!!

If you know who this green woman is, then you and I are children of the 60's!
I wanted this green, shiny, beautiful, glowing, alien goddess, from the "Lost in Space"
series to be my friend and live with me forever. Athena was her name! She was
the most beautiful green girl I had ever seen and she might have even had a few
alien germs, but I liked her just the same. So since it's my 46th birthday
I took some need time and recreated her for If's Germs. Thanks to all my family,
blog Peeps and friends who have wished me a Happy Birthday! I love yall so much!!!!
Now make sure you wash your hands after reading this post he he he!