The She Series Book

Created by Karen Hallion

The She Series: 100 Portraits and Essays of Inspiring Icons Whose Actions Changed the World

Latest Updates from Our Project:

June Update!
8 months ago – Fri, Jun 10, 2022 at 06:01:21 AM

Hi everyone! 

I am so sorry I missed a May update for you - I had been traveling with Karen as she was participating in the Art Show at Star Wars Celebration, and I had fully intended to do an update that Sunday when I returned. However, when our plane landed I started to feel unwell and ended up (after 5 negative COVID tests) with apparently just a pretty bad cold, so am finally just now catching up on things. 

We are so close to having a date to share with you.  Our designer, Brandi, is putting the final pieces together, but like everything else with this project, it's just taking longer than we all anticipated.  When Karen first proposed this project idea to me, we discussed having 35-50 profiles!  Then decided 75 seemed perfect.  We finally landed on 120, but I don't think we made the right adjustments to just how much more much more involved that would turn out to be, so definitely lessons learned for us there! 

Brandi is aiming to have a final proof ready by June 19.  The next step will be to circulate that to me, our, proofreader, and editor to review with a fine tooth comb to be sure everything is perfect.  Once that is complete, we submit to our printer and then they should have an estimated print date to us within a few weeks.  In the meantime, below is another sneak peak of a portrait and essay about the talented Yuko Yamaguchi! 

Thank you all for your continued patience and encouragement - we all appreciate it!

Yuko Yamaguchi

April Update!
9 months ago – Wed, Apr 27, 2022 at 08:07:05 AM

Hi everyone - Amy, Karen's Business Manager, with some news for you!

First, I am thrilled to share that after much back and forth, Karen decided to personally write two of the essays for the book.  She's much more confident in her drawing skills than her writing abilities; however, I have read both her essays and they are wonderful!  She was particularly committed to writing about one of her personal inspirational sheroes, Ashley Eckstein, whose portrait is shown below. Karen chose the word "Aspire" for Ashley and here's Karen explaining why:

"At  first, aspire seems like a departure from the words I usually choose  for these portraits. Typically, I choose a word that describes a verb that defines an inspirational action that each person takes in their  life. But, “aspire” is a little different. To aspire is to direct one’s  hopes or ambitions towards achieving a goal, to seek, to pursue. To  elevate. And Ashley does this for herself, she sets her sights on her  dreams and works to achieve them. But, in doing so, she elevates  everyone who is lucky enough to know her. She shows us all how to aspire  to be better versions of ourselves, how to reach high and achieve our  goals, and shows us that anything is possible. She is an incredibly  authentic person with who is extremely kind and generous and I aspire to  be like her in my own life and career."

We're close to being able to provide an ETA, but in the meantime, here are the important updates. At this time, we have 119 essays finalized and are waiting on final approval for just one more!  Our wonderful designer, Brandi, is almost done with the layout and our proofreader is going over the writers' biographies with a fine tooth comb this week.   Karen is working on writing the introduction and the last few art portraits, and we're essentially putting all the finishing touches together. Once all of that is completed, Brandi will put everything together in one large proof, then it is reviewed by all of us very closely.  Then it is finally off to the printers!    

As always, if you have any questions about anything, please send me a message!  I will be back to update you again soon. Thank you all for your continued patience and support - we're so grateful.

March update!
11 months ago – Sat, Mar 12, 2022 at 01:04:30 AM

Hi everyone - 

Amy, Karen's Business Manager here with an update for you on how we are progressing with the She Series Book!

Today I was so relieved to finally submit my essay on Kathrine Switzer to our editor, Caitlin, to work her magic.  Running is my favorite thing and Kathrine's story has been a huge inspiration for me.  For those of you who don't know, in 1967, Kathrine became the first woman to run the Boston Marathon as an officially registered competitor. During her run, a race official attacked her, tried to grab her bib number and screamed at her to stop running.  But she kept going and is the reason women are allowed to participate today.  

Writing this essay was a fun challenge for me and (not so humble brag here) brought back a lot of emotions and memories from when I ran the Boston Marathon in 2011. I can't wait to see it published alongside Karen's beautiful illustration!

At this time, we have 105 essays completely finished, about 3/4 of the art done and 2/3 of the layout done.  Our proofreader just had a baby and is on leave but should be back just in time to read the final version before we submit it to the printer.  I am optimistic that I will have a better framework for when the book will be finished next month when I update you.

In the meantime, we really appreciate your patience - we definitely bit off more than we could chew when we started this but know in the end it will be a wonderful book.  If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to send a message.

Thanks again!

A little update from Karen!
12 months ago – Fri, Feb 04, 2022 at 10:35:58 PM

We have been chugging along on this project for the last six months and it is coming together  beautifully. To be honest, if I had known how complicated this was going to be, I don't think I would have jumped into it so quickly!

We are a  little behind on where we wanted to be by now but I am so lucky we have a  wonderful team of people who are working so tirelessly to make this book a reality. The essays are almost all in the final stages of review and they are amazing. I was hopeful I was going to finish the art this month, but I have run into a roadblock; I am having shoulder and neck issues, most likely due to working at my Cintiq for long hours each day. The  knots in my muscles are causing numbness in my arm and hand, and terrible migraines. 

I was planning on spending the next few days knocking out a bunch more of the art for the book before heading to Florida for a signing I am doing as part of the  Epcot International Festival of the Arts, but I think my body is telling me I need to take more of a break. I am doing heat/ice and  getting back to PT, and although the thought of stopping and delaying further stresses me out, I am going to take a break from art until I get back from Florida.

Thank you for being so patient! I will keep posting some of the art that you haven't seen yet - starting with this Aretha Franklin portrait I just finished - as well as some snippets from the essays, and page  layouts, and will continue sharing updates on our progress as we get closer and closer to printing.

For anyone who may be attending the festival, I will be there Friday, February 11th-Monday, February 14th from 2pm-5pm each day. Only the Star Wars art that I have done for ACME Archives will be on sale but I will sign anything you bring me. The booth is near the Mexico pavilion and I looking forward to getting margaritas after I'm done signing  :)

Thank you again for your support - it's appreciated more than I can say.  If you have any questions, please  don't hesitate to send a message.

Update - by the numbers!
about 1 year ago – Mon, Jan 03, 2022 at 09:36:47 PM

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