Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Celebrate the Small Steps - by Diana Ting Delosh

Running Bunny in Spring © Diana Ting Delosh
Ink Brush, Watercolor, Digital
We've all heard the phrase, celebrate the small steps that make up the journey.  I knew what the words meant in an abstract way but spraining my ankle taught me to appreciate them in a literal sense. The road to being a picture book author /illustrator is a long circuitous marathon. Just when you think you're getting close to your goal there are a few more hurdles to jump and mountains to climb, maybe even a swamp or quagmire to navigate. Two steps forward, one step backward and onward you go, hopefully without falling into a ditch along the way.

Wrap around cover art for a picture book dummy that I'm submitting.
© Diana Ting Delosh
Submitted to editors, art directors and agents? Pat on the back. Ditto,  promo postcard designed and printed. High fives all around when the mailing list is updated and the postcards are mailed. Go ahead, cheer for yourself, after all, most of the time you'll only hear crickets back. Get a rejection? Gasp, give yourself a hug and submit something out, ASAP to counteract the negative! Oh Joy, if you get a positive response - pass the yummies.

My Promo Postcard featuring my illustrations:
Front - Jabberwocky-Boy meets Octopus
Back - Boy, Book Bed & Cat
© Diana Ting Delosh

Created new illustrations, stories, dummies, experiments? I keep a running created list. Writing down what I've created cheers me on. Doesn't matter if it's a personal art, experiment or big commission they all make my list. Seeing the list grow is it's own reward.
Peace To ALL © Diana Ting Delosh
Having some fun with Hand Lettering
All line art is hand drawn than digitally colored

Create, promote, submit and cheer for yourself and your buddies with or without chocolate. In a competitive field with few positive responses to balance the long waits, rejections and too many crickets, celebrating the small steps may be the antidote to self doubt. Be your own best friend along your journey.
Cherry Gelatin Dessert © Diana Ting Delosh
Ink & watercolor


  1. Gosh, I like your new style -- especially the top rabbit image. The line work, the limited palate, and the flower designs. Really sophisticated. You're definitely bringing it!

    1. Thanks Pat, nice to hear. I'm never sure when I try something new if it's really good or if I'm just nuts.

  2. Such a nice blog post - and very inspiring. We all need to be reminded to celebrate the little things more often - Thanks Diane!

    1. Thanks Chris. I'm glad you found it inspiring.

  3. Love your positivity and your new work, Diana!

  4. Love that you started with that rabbit piece, it's one of my all time favs of yours! beautiful job on the decorative type as well. You've really upped your game, keep up the great work!