Welcome All Creatives to the Whimiscal Corner

I sculpt, I illustrate, I sketch, I create ...

My Latest Project

My latest project is the model witch, which was inspired by my interactions on Facebook.

Currently I am working on the clay bust. I’ll tell you more once my website is up and running properly.

Portfolios

Below are my three portfolios and book pages.

Celeste’s Books

Pink Camels and Floating Grannies Illustrated and written by Celeste Beckerling ISBN: 978 0 620 74371 6 Type: Paperback Age:…

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Sculptures

This will be where I house my sculptures that I do. Will be updated soon! Just working on the overall…

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Sketches Page

My passion in life is converting the imagination into real characters and landscapes through illustrating. I would love to read…

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Thoughts, interviews, and information

Frankenstein

Frankenstein Clay Bust

Last year I played around with clay a little. I used Polymer clay to create character’s on pots for plants, which I sold at a local nursery. But I ran into some issues. The Nursery kept my pots on a little porch, directly in the sun. There wasn’t room for a drop of wind and after a few weeks, I discovered that polymer clay has some issues with sticking to already fired clay (I bought pre-made plant pots). The ears generally were the first to fall off.

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I’ve Written a Children’s Story… Now What?

Children reading children books

I often get requests from people who have a collection of stories, or spent months writing a tale and are now unsure of what the next step is.

The first thing you need to do is, give your story to a child. Even if you do stick figures for the illustrations, or whatever, if the child doesn’t get it, then you know you need to go back to the drawing board. The second thing you need to decide is: do I want to publish through a publishing house, or do you want to self-publish?

Publishing Houses

If you want to publish through a publishing house then I suggest doing a bit of research on the internet as well as checking other children books that you think are similar to your own story and  see who they published with. Go to those publishing houses websites and see what their submission guidelines are (it’s usually somewhere on the website). Check if they take manuscripts from authors, or if they only accept through agents. If you want to be published in the UK and USA – most of these publishing houses only take from agents. Here in South Africa, however, they are usually open to accepting straight from the author. If you are interested in getting an agent, then I suggest doing a bit of research in this area. Check who other authors are using, compile a list and then submit to them. (more…)

Favourite Quips

  • ” You’re mad… bonkers… off your head.
    But I’ll tell you a secret – all the best people are.”

    Alice in Wonderland
  • “If you want to be original, be ready to be copied. “

    Coco Chanel
  • “If you’re afraid of butter, use cream”

    Julia Child