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Luiza and the Space Needle by thelearningcurv
Luiza and the Space Needle
I will be exhibiting my book, "A Reason to Smile!" at the Emerald City Comic Con in Seattle for the first time this year and wanted to do a tribute to the city with Luiza. Here she is jumping into a big puddle and is imagining that she's jumping into the Puget Sound. How fun would it be if we could be giants and walk through the city of our choice?
Got a new "A Reason to Smile!" illo coming tonight, are you ready to have your cheeks hurt from happiness?
LaundryBlur by thelearningcurv
I've been developing some new art, story and concepts for volume 2 of "A Reason to Smile!" and after being asked by a 2nd grader why she is walking around NYC by herself, I decided to show kids why Luiza gets the freedoms she gets from her parents. She works hard at home and at school, and her decisions in those activities help her parents to trust her decisions out in the streets of the Big Apple. Work hard, and you should be able to play hard... and when you have a friend like Billy helping you out, things are just a bit easier. 

The kickstarter for volume 2 should be ready by the end of the month, stay tuned!
'A Reason To Smile!' Virtruvian Snow Angel by thelearningcurv
'A Reason To Smile!' Virtruvian Snow Angel
When I decided to write "A Reason to Smile!", I wanted to make something that could transcend being more than a book. I wanted Luiza and her journey to touch people's lives, be it emotionally, spiritually, or just to bring some joy into their lives. When I first started thinking about her enjoying the snow, I remembered the Virtruvian man image that Leonardo Di Vinci created. It inspired me to show off Luiza, her winter gear, and have some fun displaying her joy. Have you ever made a Snow Angel?  They're one of the best parts of a snow day!

Stay tuned to see another way she finds a reason to smile! 
A Reason to Smile Cover by thelearningcurv
My kickstarter campaign was extremely successful and I now have my very own book that I have written and illustrated called "A Reason to Smile!" I have been on this site for 7 years and have learned a great deal which is part of why I am now a self published author and illustrator and love to be able to get a copy of the book into your hands.

The book is 8.5x8.5 and is available both as a softcover and a hardcover. The softcover has 44 pages of story and art based in NYC about a little girl who is a walking silver lining. She loves to people watch and gets a chance to do a lot of that in the Big Apple. Occasionally, she gets a chance to help people, and though the problems don't go away, they find an easier way to manage the problems. 

The book also comes as a hardcover with 16 extra pages that include: behind the scenes information about the kickstarter and promotion, extra story and art based on the original story, written by me and illustrated by me and 5 other artists.  
Those artists include :iconkharyrandolph:, :iconpaigey::iconnicolasrgiacondino:, :iconsimpsonscameos: & :iconmini-sys:

Check out the kickstarter at…;
Check out the progress at

and email me at if you'd like your own copy of "A Reason to Smile!"


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Javier Cruz Winnik
United States
gotta love creating art of any kind=]

I mostly create comic book styled art with the various ventures into the realm of fine art. I have been attending comic book conventions for the past 4 years and am currently working on a children's book. I do custom illustrations as well as pencil and ink commissions.

Feel free to send me a note or e-mail me for any questions=]

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NStevenHarris Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014  Professional Artist
JAVIER!!!!  Thanks for the favs man!!!  See you Wednesday!!
thelearningcurv Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014
yea man, most definitely!
Lonewolfninja89 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013
man you should work for a comic company if you're not already. This is some neat stuff :)
thelearningcurv Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2013
thanks a lot for that compliment! I have a childrens book coming out soon, so make sure you're on the look out so you can get yourself a copy!

Lonewolfninja89 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2013
sounds good to me man, most of my talent goes into story or fanfic writing. I want to do a TMNT/ Arashikage story
EdMcGuinness Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013  Professional
hey man....really cool hanging with you this weekend...keep up the good work and thanks for the print!
thelearningcurv Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013
Yea man, same here! I hope you had a safe trip! This show was so crazy, I am still recovering, are you bouncing back quick?
EdMcGuinness Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013  Professional
I had no drove home Sunday and haven't taken a day yet!
thelearningcurv Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013
ah man, you're much better than me... I don't think I've ever had a show where i was as acive as I was... I am slowly getting back to normal... I'll be killin it next week though=]

dundunduuuuuun Featured By Owner May 24, 2013
"dun dun duuuuuun"

Give me back my line..
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