This is how I "do" / by Janice Quiles-Reyes

I've been hesitant building up to this moment - the moment where I offer the internet a full-scale look, an up-close, super personal examination of my work.  Where, after publishing a page and "going live" I'll be seen as a fraud as a child in the arts, dabbling... and all of those nay-saying thoughts and one liners that go through many artists head, when exhibiting their work in a public forum for the first time. I'm no stranger to social media. I do however shy away from posting in-process, in progress work;  Where all of my under-drawings and beginning sketches and  really silly mistakes are visible.

But, silly mistakes and under-drawings are the foundation to every piece of art I've made. That's how the work grows.  

I'm comfortable being silly around my closest friends.  I'm going to imagine that this whole internet galaxy is jam pact with friends, with whom I'll let my hair down and make a face or two without letting the naysayer choke out the fun. 

For now, I'm heading to my first ever Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrator's Conference (#NYCSCBWI2016).

Deep breath in....and out.