I’M A CHILDREN’S BOOK ILLUSTRATOR!! Photos + Vlog

I’M A CHILDREN’S BOOK ILLUSTRATOR!! Photos + Vlog

I’M A CHILDREN’S BOOK ILLUSTRATOR!! Photos + Vlog

I am beyond excited to finally share a project that I’ve kept secret since I started working on it last year.

You guys….

I’M A PUBLISHED CHILDREN’S BOOK ILLUSTRATOR!!! *cue happy tears* 😱😭😭

Being a children’s book illustrator is just one of my many dreams, and I still can’t even believe that it came true in the form of Bilangan sa Karagatan, a charming story written by Ms Raissa Rivera Falgui about two merpeople counting the creatures in the ocean. It’s the perfect little book for toddlers learning how to read and count.

Last Saturday was the book launch of Vibal Publishing’s 5 new Chikiting Books (Bilangan sa Karagatan included) at the Manila International Book Fair and, well, I’ll let the vlog and photos tell the story XD

Bilangan Sa Karagatan First Childrens Book Launch Vlog Jeca Martinez

You probably can’t tell from the picture but my hands were shaking in excitement when I saw the banner LOL

Bilangan Sa Karagatan First Childrens Book Launch Vlog Jeca Martinez

They even had this mini gallery of illustrations from their books! Mine are the two purple ones 💜

Bilangan Sa Karagatan First Childrens Book Launch Vlog Jeca Martinez

My super proud momma 💕

Bilangan Sa Karagatan First Childrens Book Launch Vlog Jeca Martinez

(From Left to Right) Tunogzzz illustrator Mary Rosebelle Harlan with the author Ma. Plaza Policarpio, author Genaro Gojo Cruz (he wrote three books: May Gulong na Bahay, Si Julie Gandionco at ang Kaniyang Panaderya, and Alpabeto sa Bayong), and me! I do wish I could’ve met the author of Bilangan sa Karagatan but she was unable to come.

Bilangan Sa Karagatan First Childrens Book Launch Vlog Jeca Martinez

I didn’t know there was going to be a book signing haha! Just act like you know what you’re doing, Jeca!

Bilangan Sa Karagatan First Childrens Book Launch Vlog Jeca Martinez

Baby Zoee has got to be my favorite book buyer from the launch! Her mom was looking at the books on our table when Zoee reached out towards Bilangan sa Karagatan! 😭💕😭 They went home with 6 new Chikiting Books. I hope they enjoy the books, and that Baby Zoee learns a lot from them!

Bilangan Sa Karagatan First Childrens Book Launch Vlog Jeca Martinez

*Sees someone buying Bilangan sa Karagatan*
Me: (pokes my mom excitedly) Ma! Ma! Ma! May bumibili!!! (There’s someone’s buying the book!)
Ms Thea: uyy, kinikilig ka? (uyy, are you excited?)

Sorry I don’t really know the English translation of “kilig” hahahah!

Thank you so much Ms Thea for being very friendly and helpful, and for making me feel comfortable! Also, check out my unplanned matching outfit with the Vibal team haha!

Bilangan Sa Karagatan First Childrens Book Launch Vlog Jeca Martinez

Huge thank you to Vibal Publishing for the opportunity to illustrate for them!

Bilangan sa Karagatan is now available in local bookstores! You can also send a message to Vibal Group on Facebook for orders 💕

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6 Comments

  • Yan September 27, 2016 at 7:29 pm

    Congrats on the book launch! I’m dreaming of illustrating more children’s book as well. More projects to come! 😀

    • Jeca Martinez Author September 30, 2016 at 12:18 am

      Yes, never give up on that dream! ✨ Thank you Yan! 😀

  • Mary Rosebelle Harlan October 3, 2016 at 4:16 pm

    OMG! you’re the illustrator! I thought you’re the author. I really love your illustration. Hope to see you again. <3

    • Mary Rosebelle Harlan October 3, 2016 at 4:21 pm

      I’m the illustrator of Tunogzzz… ^^ I really love your illustration. <3 <3 <3

      • Mary Rosebelle Harlan October 3, 2016 at 4:35 pm

        (first on the left) haha…. <3 <3 <3

    • Jeca Martinez Author October 4, 2016 at 11:59 am

      OHHH Hi Mary, thank you so much! Too bad we weren’t able to speak with each other since I had to leave early 🙁 Congrats on Tunogzzz! You guys seem to have a ton of buyers during the book fair! 😀

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