Thursday, September 30, 2010

illustration friday 9/24/10~old fashioned

this is my contribution to this week's i.f theme of 'old fashioned'. it's called 'sneakin' a peek'.
i can't help but remember being a little kid and sneaking downstairs with my brother EARLY on christmas morning (like we actually slept right?;)) and taking a peek to see what santa claus had bought us. the excitment, joy, anticipation and pure delight at the thought of all our toys that would hopefully be waiting for us underneath of our tree. the tree that my mom and dad used to decorate with those BIG GAUDY colored bulbs (as you can see today i prefer white lights;))! bobby (although today he prefers 'rob') and i used to wear those pj's with the feet and pretend to 'skate' around on our kitchen floors...much to my parent's dismay;)
ahhh...those were the good old days...

Thursday, September 23, 2010


i am SUPER EXCITED to be working on my first series of rubber stamps!!! i have been working with a great lady who has her own rubber stamp company out of canada. she approached me for some fall designs earlier in the summer but due to my surgery, we kind of missed the production cut off for this fall. up some winter stamps to be released this november (yay!!!). as everyone who knows me knows already, WINTER is my FAVORITE season so i couldn't have been more elated to sketch out some cute little winter designs. these are the finished inked designs. HAND-INKED...bec i'm 'old school' like that;)
more info. to follow as far as the release date...

Monday, September 20, 2010

meet alex and andy...

they are out to do a little bit of tricking...and a whole lot of treating!;) this is a sketch for a little halloween illustration i am working on this week. i LOVE LOVE LOVE cute little halloween characters. as a matter of fact, i always wanted my first picture book to be a halloween book (yeah, i'm getting there;)). i think sometimes little kids can be scared of halloween so i always wanted to do a cute take on it:)
i'm also working on some sketches this week for a line of winter rubber stamps for a great little company. stay tuned for those...and the finished painting of "trick and treat":)

Sunday, September 12, 2010

self-promo fall 2010 mailer~PROOFS

well, i decided to go with vistaprint for my self-promotional postcard/mailer. i just placed the order after receiving my proofs (above pic). delivery is slated for 2 weeks. i'm actually pleased with the way these came out. can't wait to see the printed piece...and get to mailing them to art directors!!! not too bad for my first "mailer";) SUPER EXCITED!!!

Thursday, September 9, 2010

fall mailer 2010...pick me!!! pick me!!!

here it fall 2010 promo piece for art directors! i love this piece (ok, i'm biased). it's ME and my tiny self a top some mighty large pumpkins:) i love fall and pumpkins and halloween and this whole time of year...especially the cool air!
next up is playing with some type/text in photoshop that will read "pick me!!! pick me!!!" i think it's appropriate for a few reasons...1)i'm in a pumpkin patch and what does one do in a pumpkin patch...pick pumpkins of course;) and reason #2) i want art directors to "pick me" for upcoming illustration jobs for kids publications.
i have always been a fan of self-promo postcards bec they are easy, accessible and pretty much a one-stop shop for your art work. it just hits them right in the face when they receive envelopes to mess with. don't get me wrong, i also intend to send out tear sheets of some of my work along with a cover letter to a certain publishers. but the postcard is quick and an easy way to promote yourself:)
i'll be posting the finished piece (with text) as soon as i'm done which will be SOON so i can get started on having them printed. i think i'm going with vistaprint this time...a good amount of postcards for a good price!

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

illustration friday 9/3/10~dessert

here is my submission for this week's i.f. theme of 'dessert'. just a quick sketch i did this summer for a line of fall stamps. i am hoping to be able to paint it up in COLOR soon!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

finally...the whole order is COMPLETE!!!

AVA'S room is now going to be completely adorned with 5 custom paintings by ME!!! i have to say, i am relieved to finally be done with this order. it's been back and forth with slight changes made by the customer and myself for weeks! i am excited to be able to move on to the next thing...
currently i am working on a self-promo piece/postcard to be used as an autumn mailer...sketch is below. i am super excited about this piece:)))

Thursday, September 2, 2010

he wants candy!!! which makes him...

IMMOVABLE~this week's illustration friday theme! i did this piece a while back and it is entitled "i want candy!" i thought this was a cute little take on the word IMMOVABLE. meet brady. he's just NOT MOVING until he gets a lollipop, a peppermint stick and maybe even a gumball or two;)

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

part 2 of AVA's room...left panel DONE!

here is what i have been working on for the last 2 days...the second part of a custom nursery art order for baby ava. this is a large 16x20 and there are 2 panels...this being the left. it coordinates with the name panels i did a couple weeks ago (see pic below). also, i have i have posted the pics of the sketches and bedding...obviously some changes have been made from the original sketches. but, whatever the customer wants;)