Saturday, November 21, 2009

The Holiday Dove Process: Final

Here he is! I was very happy with how it turned it. For those of you on my holiday card list, you'll get your very own! I'm probably going to do a bigger print run this year and sell any extras.

Flickr stream
is now updated with the step-by-step photos!

The Holiday Dove Process: Color Studies

Once my sketch is complete, I do some rough color studies. They don't have to be perfect -- just enough for me to get an idea of the colors that I need to work with.

I consulted a few illustrator friends for a critique, and overwhelmingly everyone liked the cool, blue palette the best. The other one didn't read "holiday" to anyone. This made more sense to me anyway, seeing how I didn't want to use the same palette from the angel last year.

The Holiday Dove Process: Sketch

The artwork for my holiday card is finally done. This is the first pastel piece that I've broken down step-by-step, and I'll be posting the pictures later to my Flickr stream.

I wanted to do feathers again, since I had so much fun with the angel last year.

Friday, October 30, 2009

Tricky Treats Part II

Just in time for Halloween, Tricky Treats has been updated with some fun new power-ups and some cute extra touches! Go check them out at Left Brain Games' website or on Widgetbox. Turn down the sound if you don't like squeaky doors and cackling witches.

Lots of things in the works right now -- there's some new artwork I'm making for my new baby niece, the Christmas card is getting designed, and the website is up for an overhaul.

Monday, July 27, 2009

The Lion & the Mouse

Here's a "cutesyed up" sketch from one of my recent freelance projects this summer. I haven't been posting that much because I'm working on loads of readers' theaters for an educational publisher.

I would love to finish this in color! I'm booked through September so no personal projects for a while.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Baby Bloom Sketch

My brother and sister-in-law are expecting their first child in August. I had this in mind as a gift for my new nephew or niece. I was thinking daisies -- there would be greens and whites, with lots of atmospheric perspective! Another pastel piece, of course!

Been very busy with Reader Theaters -- hope to have a color study for this little guy soon!

Monday, May 25, 2009

Studio Tour

I've been meaning to do a studio tour for a long time. I took these pictures the week that the crabapple tree was blooming, which my drawing desk overlooks. I have a reading nook, next to my picture book collection and my published works. I keep my pastels in an old typesetting drawer. The entire tour is on my Flickr stream.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Z is for Zinnia - new licensing line

Maybe flowers and the alphabet have been overdone, but I'VE never done them :) Nor, I think, are people ever going to get tired of looking at a beautiful flower. This is an idea for a new licensing line. I like the borders, but I'm not going to overdo it -- I'm planning to do this in pastels, so I can't get crazy with small details. I will post a color study shortly.

I'm also going to be working with Really Good Stuff again illustrating another Readers' Theater!

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Happy Easter to everyone!

Forty-three years ago my parents got married on Easter weekend. This year it falls near Easter weekend again, so I thought it would be cute to combine Easter and Anniversary greetings! I want to do a color version of this, when I'm not so busy with extra freelancing.

Monday, March 30, 2009

Illustration Friday: Poise

When I think of the word "poise", I think of "elegant balance." My wedding doves are the best example I have of this concept, on many levels.

I created my wedding doves almost six years ago to design a more personalized wedding invitation. On many levels, "poise" is more than just a suspended position. In marriage, everything is a act of balance and teamwork, and on some days it is elegant -- on other days, not so much!

The doves were framed and signed by our guests at the wedding reception. It now hangs in our hallway.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Illustration Friday: Intricate

Lots going on here! This is a page from a kindergarten activity book that unfortunately got shelved.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

St. Patrick's Day is coming!

The Hat Kid series continues with this little guy. There is so much green! I'm hoping to break up the humongous shape of the hat with a subtle clover pattern. I also thought it would be funny to show the little bird with the elusive piece of gold in its beak.

I will get this done by St. Patrick's Day!

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Illustration Friday: Instinct

I don't know about you, but as a kid leaf piles fascinated me. I'm sure it had something to do with the fact that I was asthmatic and was forbidden from jumping into billowing clouds of dust.

My "Fall Kids" are soft pastel on Canson paper.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Cupid Kid is done!

Not quite done in time for Valentine's Day, but oh well! It's soft pastel on Canson paper.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Mama Bear Birthday Card

The "Mama Bear" card was created for my mom's birthday a couple of weeks ago. The original doodle had languished long enough in my sketchbook!

It's watercolor, colored pencil, and pastel pencil on watercolor paper.

I'm selling the original artwork in my brand new Etsy store. If there is enough interest in this piece, I'll have some prints made, and some cards probably.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Valentine's Day Cupid

I'm dusting off "The Hat Kid" series to begin developing a licensing line. My Tea Party Girl and Football Player I did years ago, and I'd like love to do a calendar with these guys.

I'll start on the final artwork shortly! It will be in soft pastels, of course.