Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Thursday, May 2, 2013
This is an instagram I took of my first ever oil painting. I think that I was a still a teenager when I made it and it might be one of my favorite things I have painted. It has been at my parent's house until I recently visited them and found it amongst a bunch of my old work. It now lives above the hearth in my apartment, where I can see it every day.
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Monday, April 22, 2013
Thursday, April 18, 2013
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
I mentioned in an earlier post that I was getting promotional postcards made for my agent to send out to publishers...well here are some photos of them!
They have already gone out and the response has been tremendous!
If you would like a postcard please email me with your name and address. I have a few extras and would be happy to share!
Here's a sneak peek at a painting I am working on. It's acrylic, a medium I used to paint with all the time but haven't in the last couple of years or so. Watercolor was much easier to travel with while I was living abroad and then I became attached to it, greatly developing my style and technique. It's been in my mind recently to pick up some acrylic paints (I didn't even own any since moving back to the US!) and then yesterday I set to work on this, sort of out the blue.
It's great when things just happen like that.
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
I've recently been working on a couple of large projects which I can't wait to share, but for now I will post this photo of my work space!
Also, I am proud to share the blog of my very talented 15 year old niece Ellen! Check out her work!
She's going places :)
Sunday, February 17, 2013
Saturday, February 2, 2013
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Thursday, January 24, 2013
Sunday, January 13, 2013
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Here is the illustration I entered into the SCBWI's Tomie dePaola Award contest. The rules were that it had to depict a passage from either Little Women, the Adventures of Tom Sawyer, or the Yearling. It had to be black and white and in a spread format with the text on one side. It was also supposed to be unique!
I decided on this passage because it reflects a moment in time that was both important to the characters in the story but also to the entire nation during the civil war. Gathered together on Christmas, they thought of their father who could not be with them. I love this book and this scene just felt right to me. In order to make it my own and make it unique, I drew them as bunnies! Tomie dePaola didn't like that part, as he said so in his introduction to the winners. Alas, I did not win, although I am still proud of my little painting and wanted to share it.
Sunday, January 6, 2013
Good things are happening: I am now represented by the wonderful Steven Malk at Writers House! Please check out their website where you will find my portfolio: http://www.writershouseart.com. I'm honored to have the same agent as such talented artists as Carson Ellis, Scott Campbell, Marla Frazee, Jon Klassen, and Stephanie Graegin and many more!
Above is a detail of an illustration I made for a promotional postcard which will be sent out to publishers. I drew a baby for every letter of the alphabet and gave them an animal costume to match their letter! It was so fun to create, although a few letters gave me a hard time...such as U, V, and X....
Unicorn is not an animal! To get ideas I looked online and found that many animal alphabets used unicorn, which I think is sort of cheating, personally. I chose 'Ulysses Butterfly' because it is an animal that actually exists and has a cool name, too. For V, I went with vulture -not the cutest thing ever but the alternatives were very obscure. And for X, I chose x-tetra fish, which I'm pretty pleased with. Since I am looking to do picture books it makes sense to draw little kids and babies, besides the fact that I love to draw them! Also, adding the animal element helps as many picture books have animal characters (which I also happen to love drawing!). Can't wait to see this printed on the postcard, I will post pictures when I get them.
All for now...
Saturday, December 29, 2012
Friday, December 28, 2012
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Happy Holidays everyone!
Here's my 2012 Christmas card design. I've been illustrating cards for the holidays every year for 4 years now and this is the first to feature little critters. You can see the others on my website and etsy shop.
Also, please stop by my page on facebook and give me a 'like' if you want, I'd appreciate it!
Wishing you a very Happy Christmas and New Years!
Thursday, November 29, 2012
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
It has just occured to me where I must have gotten the inspiration to draw a little blonde kid on a red wagon...Calvin and Hobbes! Bill Watterson (along with Norman Rockwell) was one of the most influencial artsists for me growing up. The artwork is permanently etched into my brain and must be coming out now that I'm drawing more kids. Of course he's dressed differently and his hair is tamed and he has an honestly pleasant expression on his face, so he isn't exactly Calvin. He's close though....
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Journals! Handmade with 100% recycled cardstock covers and filled with high quality recycled sketchbook paper (Fabriano, made with windpower in Itlay!)
New! These thank you cards feature my characters Bunny and Fig the Fox! Handmade with 100% recycled cardstock.
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
I had a wonderful time at the SCBWI Los Angeles' Illustrator's Day! The speakers were all inspiring and I learned so much about the children's publishing industry, as well as gallery shows and greeting cards (things which interest me as well). Here's a photo of the three portfolio winners and three illustration contest winners. My portfolio won the "People's Choice" award! (I'm the second from the left) Congratulations to the other winners and thank you to everyone who voted for my work, I am honored to have been chosen!
And now for some new work: babies and toddlers! I've been focusing on drawing small children and achieving a high level of cuteness. What do you think?
I think they are totally cute.
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Friday, October 12, 2012
I've just been commissioned to do this Save the Date design for a couple of friends, Sam and Alex. They told me that their favorite animals were bunnies and walruses (respectively) and asked if an illustration of both could be on the design -heck yes! I was excited immediately about the idea of drawing this adorable pair. The bunny was easy as pie since I've been drawing my bunny character for a while now, but the walrus was new and so a bit of a challenge. I looked up photos of the animal to get the shape of the body right and found it pretty easy to translate into my style. The trickiest part was the funny mustache business they have, I struggled to get it right, but I love how it came out in the end! (Note the sketch below has no walrus-y mustache because I wasn't sure how to draw it.)
ps. My husband Jesse may or may not have thought that the walrus was a lobster at first....
Tuesday, October 9, 2012
Fig the fox is my newest character. She is sweet and shy and loves to dance. If you've been reading my blog then you've probably already met her, though I love this image and wanted to share it with you. It very much represents her ways. She's not hiding in order to jump out and scare anyone, but rather she enjoys hanging back and watching things from afar (unnoticed if possible). Good thing she is a fox and slyness runs in her family!
Thursday, October 4, 2012
I just got new business cards in the mail and boy am I excited about it! They are gorgeous, printed by MOO and feature some of my newest work. Sometimes it can be a challenge to pick images which you want to represent you to other people, but this time I knew pretty much right away the ones I would choose. The dancing animals, Bunny and Fig, and then Fig sleeping beauty. Then I just had to add the baby covered in cake to the mix. It makes me laugh every time!
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Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Monday, October 1, 2012
Vivian is feeling nervous and a bit scared because she doesn't know anyone at the party. They all seem to know eachother really well already, maybe they went to the same nursery school? Eventually she will start dancing.
I love when babies make such a mess with cake! It's one of those things we find adorable even though it's really kinda gross looking. The moms get a chance at a grown-up conversation although they are undoubtably talking about their kids.
Just messing with the dollhouse and moving around all their stuff. It's alright, they don't seem to mind. For some reason it's more fun to put things in place through the window rather than the big open wall, because why would a house be missing a whole side anyway?
And finally, the cranky, over-tired kid. Vivian hates going to bed when everyone else gets to stay up and watch a movie. She really is tired, more than she knows. In about 1 minute she will stop screaming and be so glad because her pillow is very comfy and all she wants is to close her eyes and be fast asleep.
...more to come...