Woodleigh Marx Hubbard  |  Illustrator and Author
A Note About My Pen and Ink Drawings
I've had a love affair with pen and ink for over 50 years, even though they can be judgmental and bratty. For instance, they hold erasers in contempt. 'Get it right the first time,' the duo huff. If the ink is smudged or sneezed on, a pen nib might clog in protest. Requiring a bath. Both fussy and time-consuming. Before beginning an intricate piece, I arm myself with patience and a good night's sleep. It helps. A lot.

As an athlete needs to warm up before being asked to run a race, I need to warm up too. Being right-handed, I allow my left hand the freedom to frisk across scrap paper, like this,

putting the pen, the ink, and me in a good mood. Now. I'm ready to begin.  This requires looking and seeing what's in front of me. But more importantly, taking the time to feel the essence of my subject and therein the soul.


Woodleigh Hubbard is an artist, illustrator, and children's author.

Among her best-selling books, written and illustrated by herself, areTwo Is for Dancing (1991); The Friendship Book (1992); C is for Curious (1995); Twelve Days of Christmas (1996); All that You Are (2000); Whoa, Jealousy! (2002); and her latest effort For the Love of a Pug (2003), a book which was inspired by her pug Oliver Wink.

Hubbard's books have won a range of awards such as Parents' Choice Fight 'N Face Fear Book Selection (for C is for Curious), the Society of Children's Illustrators Award, the Bookbuilders West Award, and the American Institute of Graphic Arts Award for Excellence.

Several of Hubbard's book illustrations are available as prints and, like her paintings, are priced by collectors and fans of her artistic style.

Woodleigh's art has also been featured by Reading Rainbow, has appeared in Newsweek and on the cover of Publisher's Weekly and one of the books she illustrated, Park Beat, Rhymin Through The Seasons (Author J. London) was featured on NPR's Morning Edition.

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