Trey Babcock

…has waited a long time to meet you.

Black and White comic, critter with big glasses and squiggly arms, Carmen Wood Illustration, illustrator, artist, graphic novel, Minneapolis, picture book, children's book art

PS. I post things on the blog mostly to keep my website current for SEO purposes… If you want to see more stuff, head over to Instagram! Link on the bottom of the home page! @carmenwoodillustration

Blog Exclusive Mermaid Art


I’ve got to get back on my sketch blogging…I’m going to be stone-cold honest here, not because anyone except my sister looks at this, but because it helps my website’s SEO rankings. Oh god. And now what if a publisher looks at this and says, no way, this illustrator is too STONE COLD to be a cuddly picture book artist. Too…business minded. GROSS.

Welp, that’s me, so fuck off. HI BEEKS! ARE YOU STILL READING?

Here’s some art! In case you are actually not my sister, who has already seen this in person. Number 1 Fan privileges.


These are some arts I have made in preparation for the upcoming SCBWI Conference. The assignment was to pick a fairy tale and do some character sketches and a sample final art spread. I will finish the final art spread for the conference, where it will be critiqued by a professional children’s book publishing editor! Pretty neat, huh? I’M SCARED. I’ll have to get my critique attitude ready to go. Critique attitude means feeling voracious about improving my art, curious, and ready to learn. Versus my personal Carmen attitude, which gets scared and takes critique as a personal indictment of NOT GOOD ENOUGH PERSON. Critique attitude is a nice skill I have picked up over the years.

K, thanks for reading, BYE BEEKHI

Valentine’s is coming…


…and nothing says love like a bowl of ramen given to you by magical foxes. UNLESS it’s a beautiful print or piece of custom art! I posted one 5″ x 7″ custom piece on the Etsy shop if you’re looking for a last minute gift idea – let me know your ideas quickly and I will get you some art!

Also, this piece. It is done in copic markers in my little red sketchbook, and I’m really excited about exploring this medium. It is an illustration of a scene in Kathryn Tanquary’s The Night Parade, an awesome middle grade novel for anyone who loves Japanese culture, magic, or Hayoa Miyazaki!


MNSCBWI Banner Contest Entry

Heyo! Here’s the piece I just sent in for our MN Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators banner contest. (Unfortunately, only members can vote in the contest). And as my Tyler just pointed out, I should make this into bookmarks!Carmen Wood Illustrator whimsical picture book children's book art minneapolis

Fall and Give to the Max Day Etsy Sale!

Carmen Wood Illustrator whimsical picture book art Minneapolis

Happy Fall! I am running a sale over at my Etsy shop – use the coupon code FALL2016 at checkout for 15% off your order, and I will be giving 20% of all proceeds between now and Nov. 17th to my awesome local ICA food shelf and Planned Parenthood MN (my wonderful healthcare provider for years) on Give to the Max Day. Follow the ‘About’ > ‘Shop’ link at the top to go check out what prints are for sale! I added some new ones, including the autumn watercolor above.

Wishing everyone a happy, healthy, thanks-full November (and year).

Woolly Mammoth!

Whew! I finished my “homework” for the upcoming Minnesota Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators 2016 Conference just in time (it’s this weekend!) Ordered prints and now I can relax (not really. Still need to assemble my portfolio and finish two large commissions by the end of October). With moving and getting a puppy this summer, my timeline for a variety of projects did not go the way I expected. Ah well. Everything will still be ready within deadline, because that is the only way I roll.