Welcome to Buckets of Whimsies’ Blog!


The First of the Many to come!

Welcome to the Buckets of Whimsies’ Blog, dedicated to all people who love children’s books!  My name is Shiela, a picture book illustrator, and I welcome you to my Web site and first ever blog entry.  I am an illustrator of many things colorful and fun, but my true loves lies with Children’s books.

My good fortune has allowed me the ability to build my career around something I absolutely treasure doing.  As far back as I can remember, I have been fascinated by drawing, and it remains one of my favorite things to do today.  I am enthralled with colors, fun illustrations and incredible characters.  You will see my illustrations scattered throughout each blog and please feel free to ask if you have any questions about them.

When you have a chance, take a stroll around my website and see the exciting illustration packages I offer.  I also offer other art services such as digital portraits, character designs, pet portraits, and custom illustrations.  Please look at the Frequently Asked Questions but always feel free to contact me anytime!

What to Expect

I was inspired to start a blog because I wanted to provide a venue where everyone who loves children’s book can come together in a relaxed setting and learn about some intriguing topics.This includes writers, illustrators, students, moms, teachers …. anyone is welcome and I welcome everyone! Each week, I will post a new, unique blog you will find entertaining and fun—but also find thought provoking to keep your mind stimulated.

I encourage you to introduce yourself and collaborate with others—you will you will likely all have some commonalities. Let me see your energy!  I welcome any feedback, comments, and ideas.  I genuinely can’t wait to hear what everyone has to say!

An illustration from the book, “Nicole’s Dream Bank”.

A little more about me..

In addition to my love for children’s books, my other true love (s) are my special cats named Jorge and Ceaser. They like to keep me company while I work each day and relax at night. One of my passions as an illustrator for children’s books comes from the drive to help children find a special bond with a favorite book.

Buckets of Whimsies Portrait
Cindy and her sweet tooth!

I can vividly remember reading my favorite books as a child, and how happy I felt whenever I would finish.  I wanted to hear those favorite books over and over and over.  The brain-expanding illustrations, the fun alliteration, and the advanced beyond our years’ vocabulary all made the book magical and become a “favorite”. It is along this same vein that one of my goals is to help make children’s lives as colorful as possible through books, and I am happy to be able to do that with my illustrations!

Now, I thought it might be fun for you to get to know me a little better since this is the first of many blogs. As an illustrator for children’s books, I get asked a lot of questions.  And a lot of the same questions as well.  Here are some questions that I have been asked more than once!

How long does it take to do the illustrations for a book?

Each illustration takes me around 6 to 10 hours in coloring and rendering. This doesn’t include the hours spent on story boarding and sketching.


What’s your favorite piece of art equipment?

I love using watercolors and pastels very much but I have completely transitioned into illustrating digitally. It’s basically the same thing except you are drawing with pixels and a tool like pen and paper. It is cleaner and more portable than other mediums though! Unfortunately, it isn’t a magical process like everyone thinks and I can’t just snap my fingers and have an illustration appear!


What is your favorite children’s book?

I love all of Roald Dahl’s books!


What are your most useful tools (physical or virtual) or habits that help you in your work?

Coffee by the gallon and my cats help me unwind after a long day of work!


What advice do you wish you could tell your younger self at the beginning of your career?

Don’t ever do it for ‘likes’! Just create and create and don’t ever compare your progress/successes to others because we each have our own time. Don’t stop drawing!


Thank you for taking part in the first Buckets of Whimsies’s Blog today. If you have a chance, check out my Facebook page to see the latest illustrations and deals offered that you won’t want to miss.

And don’t forget to stop back here next Friday, for an exciting new blog topic “Using Archetypes in Storytelling“, where we will discuss how to use prototypical characters—the hero, the mentor, the guardian, the trickster…etc.—to create a story.

Archetypes are used every day in movies and literature—for instance George Lucas (with the help of author Joseph Campbell) draws on multiple archetypes to populate the blockbuster Star Wars, including hero Luke Skywalker and a mentor’s mentor called Yoda. This blog promises to be fun and educational—and to get the creative energies flowing!

Feedback is Appreciated

Please enjoy reading this blog as much as I will enjoy posting to it!  And leave me your comments in the section below.  I encourage and welcome all feedback, no matter the tone. And if you have a blog topic idea please let me know!  I am always open to new and interesting suggestions.  If you would like to email me directly it can be done at: alejandrosheng.sa@gmail.com.  I can also be contacted through the contact tab on the upper left side of the web site.

I look forward to getting to know all of you better!


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3 thoughts on “Welcome to Buckets of Whimsies’ Blog!

  1. Love your first blog post Shiela!! Great advice for all creatives out there 🙂
    Can’t wait to read your next post! Lisa 🙂

    1. Thanks Lisa! I really appreciate it! 🙂

  2. Hai
    When I came across your website just got stuck here, there was only one word in my mouth “Superb”
    Good Luck

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