Monday, October 17, 2011

Halloween Goodies

I just got my super cute Halloween ornament from Kathy Weller! I so cute! This will be added to my Halloween decor collection which I keep up year round. You can get one here. She has so many cute things! I also got this to put in my current sketchbook.

I just can't get enough of any kind of orange and green combo. It was an accident that they landed together here on my palette.

Don't forget to order my Halloween products in my shop.

Thursday, October 13, 2011


I'm working on improving my painting skills. I'm not abandoning my color pencils, but I am painting more of the backgrounds and assembling things in Photoshop. I re-discovered a couple of books I already owned (thank goodness) that have been a great inspiration. The above is The adventures of the Dish and the Spoon by Mini Grey (sorry, she doesn't have a website-gasp). I just love everything about this book: the layout, the art, the colors!

 It has a bit of a graphic novel layout as you can see here.

Max's Words written by Kate Banks is another great book. The story is about a boy who wants to collect something and decides it'll be words. This book inspired my son to collect words in a box and 'write' stories with them.

I just love how Boris Kulikov illustrated the words, stories, and collections. So clever!

Monday, October 10, 2011

Sketchbook Project: Too much of a good thing!

I think this falls under the category of "Too much of a good thing"! Sketch plus Photoshop.

I've just recently updated my Zazzle shop with lots of fun Halloween products. Check it out!

Pumpkin Trick or Treat bag here.

Scary Spider Trick or Treat bag here.

Boo Bat T-shirt here.

Scary Spider T-shirt here.

Pumpkin T-shirt here.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Sketchbook Project 2011…Finally!

After much stalling, busy-ness, and ambivalence, I finally started my Sketchbook Project. Not sure I'll finish it, since I have other priorities. This is a small experiment. I'm trying to include more collage in my illustrations. This wasn't what I was picturing, but that's ok. I may make this sketchbook a place to pursue this goal.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Circus Art

Can I just say how much I love this time of year? Well, I do. The coziness factor has increased tenfold. I find that I'm better at the 'butt in chair' component of being a working illustrator when it's raining. Do you find that the cold, rainy weather helps or hurts your productivity?

This is from a job I did over the summer. I can't give any details, sorry. I had a lot of fun with this project. I've been wanting to do a circus project for awhile.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Sketch Sneaky Peak

Here's a sneaky peak of what I'm working on right now. I hope to be able to talk about it soon, but I can say that it involves multiple books. Squeeeee!

In other news, I'm knee deep in bathroom remodeling, enduring one hiccup after another. One thing's for sure, I do not enjoy doing it myself. Painting, hanging pictures or shelves are more my speed. My husband's just loving that I insisted on removing a 'perfectly good' tile floor, thus causing him to do intense manual labor. He's just thrilled (tongue inserted firmly in cheek)! His mantra is 'Why do it yourself when you can pay someone else to do it'. I have to agree, but I'll have to earn a lot more money to put it into practice. Sigh. At least I had enough sense to know I wouldn't want to lay the tile myself. I should get points for that.
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