Thursday, November 27, 2008
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Monday, September 8, 2008
The Field of Kittens has been on my list for quite some time. Ever since I created The Field of Puppies piece, my friend Angela has wanted a kittens version. So, guess what I created for her as a shower present? I featured her two kitties, Navy (the black one), and Toast (the orange marmie/white one). I think the kitten looking straight out at the viewer is the one that looks most like Toast. Here is my process, from sketch to finish.
Sunday, August 10, 2008
Monday, August 4, 2008
Monday, July 21, 2008
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
"The Fog" was an early reader assignment for Hartcourt School Publishers. It gave me the chance to create some historical pieces, and work with a story with lots of atmosphere. The little boy in the story, Tom, becomes afraid while walking in the fog, so his mother retrieves a lamp from their house.
I would love to see how the finished product turned out. Unfortunately with larger publishers, you don't always get free samples.
Saturday, July 12, 2008
I did two rough sketches, and I think I'm going with the top one. I like the mouse holding out her paw like she's checking for rain.
I'll post the final design soon!
Monday, June 9, 2008
This companion piece for the Noah’s Ark series will be the last children’s portfolio piece for a little while.
After much soul-searching, I’ve decided to take a break from building my children’s illustration portfolio. Ever since I was a child, I’ve always wanted to illustrate children’s books. Now that I am published, and have been working in this field for three years, I’m afraid I just don’t enjoy creating this type of artwork anymore. At least, that’s the way I feel right now.
I’m sure that’s bound to change, because picture books will always hold a special place in my heart. Right now, though, I need a change of pace. I have some ideas for art licensing which I’ll be developing this summer. There’s personal work that’s been on the backburner, and I really need to get back to writing, at least for myself.
Stay tuned for some new stuff!
Tuesday, April 8, 2008
For those of you not familiar with Wacom tablets, it's basically a monitor that you draw directly on with a stylus pen. When you've been working with a traditional tablet for a few years, it's definitely something you've got to wrap your head around.
Most of the artwork I've been doing is vector, so I haven't really played all that much with the airbrush and other pressure sensitive stuff for Photoshop. There is the new version of Painter on my Mac though... :)
Sunday, March 2, 2008
It was pretty much impossible to create the sky gradient around the doves and butterflies, so I lay them in last. I wasn't sure how the stylized water was going to work, but I like the way it turned out.
Saturday, February 23, 2008
My next post will be my Noah's Ark design that I'm working on for self-promotion.
Sunday, January 20, 2008
The first is a tiny little spot image, and the original is about 4 by 4 inches. So, you can imagine that the other two are pretty large -- roughly 24 by 15 inches.
This was a challenging project because of the subject matter. We follow along as Rosa and Luis spend the day at a traveling carnival. Lots of rides and crazy perspective!
Hope you enjoy!
Monday, January 14, 2008
Next post - my favorite pieces from the book!