Penelope’s Facebook Page

Look!  I have something to show you…

Penelope Bloom | Tricia Bos © 2013

Penelope Bloom | Tricia Bos © 2013

It’s me, PENELOPE!

I have my own Facebook page.

Now you can visit with me anytime you want.  🙂

Parents, teachers, and friends: We’ve decided to create a family-friendly Facebook page devoted specifically  to Penelope Bloom. All content will be appropriate for the youngest of children. Feel free to LIKE our FACEBOOK PAGE to receive updates on her life, have access to new illustrations as they are shared, and find out information about our free-giveaways.

Thanks so much, Janna Vanderveen and Tricia Bos.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Penelope-Bloom/204391576401509

Her ongoing mission, to explore strange new worlds …

Every little girl imagines.

Every little girl is a princess in many wonderful, custom-made realities of her own.

It doesn’t really matter where she finds herself:  she can enter those places from her backyard,  the attic above the garage, her bedroom; even the classroom she’s supposed to be paying attention in …

Penelope has many such wonderful places.  The forest near her house is one of them.   When she and her bunny (and puppy of course) set out, there’s no telling what sorts of adventures will befall.

Penelope Bloom | Tricia Bos © 2013

Penelope Bloom | Tricia Bos © 2013

And anyways, it’s always a good day to do something exciting with your friends!!!

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Penelope Bloom Bunny Giveaway

Penelope Bloom LOVES her bunny.  She takes it with her wherever she goes.

Penelope Bloom | Tricia Bos © 2013

Penelope Bloom | Tricia Bos © 2013

In honor of Penelope, and the book that illustrator Tricia Bos and I are developing, we’ve decided to give-away a beautiful, handmade, one-of-a-kind bunny just like Penelope’s, in a drawing. This soft gray bunny features a hand embroidered face with multi-hued green eyes.

Sweetheart by Janna | Janna Vanderveen © 2013

Sweetheart by Janna | Janna Vanderveen © 2013

Whether you keep this softie/plushie toy for yourself or give it as a gift to a loved one, it is sure to provide smiles and laughter.

To enter the drawing, complete the following steps below:

1.

Make sure you are following this Word press blog via e-mail or the follow button (See the widget buttons in the left bar)

2.

Like this post.

3.

Share to one of the social media sites listed below this article.

That’s it! You’ve earned yourself an entry. If you’d like to earn a second entry, visit www.jannavanderveen.com at this link: http://wp.me/p2drrL-FC and complete this same process.  You can also earn a third if you visit my Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorJannaVanderveen, become a fan, and write a comment beneath the giveaway posting.

The giveaway ends in five days, on October 27 (Sunday) at 10:00 PM.  All entries will be placed into a bowl and one name will be chosen at random. I will announce the winner in a follow-up post. Please check back to see if you have won. If you are the winner, please inbox me your contact information or e-mail me at janna@vanderveen.com so I can mail you your prize.

Warmest regards and good luck!

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Decisions …

After brainstorming for a while, it was time to make some decisions.  If our Penelope was to come alive, she would be a person with characteristics that did not change.  No matter what she did – jumping, sitting, yawning, or climbing – her little self would always keep the same basic proportions and characteristics.

Below, is one page of charts from my sketchbook where I began to work those details out.

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The drawings are rough and unfinished … but Penelope is starting to take shape 🙂

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Designing Penelope: where to begin?

Somewhere in the middle of August, my sister approached me with an idea. She had written a charming children’s book about a little girl named Penelope. What she needed, was a visual world … and an illustrator to make that happen. A sister team. That sounded good … and then it was time to begin. But how?

Tricia Bos | Penelope Bloom © 2013

Tricia Bos | Penelope Bloom © 2013

Sometimes, the only way to start, is to just put the pencil to the paper, and go. That is what I did … and this is the first set of sketches to result. Penelope was to be quite young, an innocent rascal, creative, and impulsive. She has a big heart, big ideas, and very big plans.

A more orderly approach to character design would follow, but for now, it was simply about starting. I admit. I was curious to see who would emerge out of the scribbles … 🙂

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