Friday, September 30, 2011

WINTER 2011/2012 COVER SKETCH FOR SFC MAGAZINE


here is my APPROVED sketch for the winter 2011/2012 cover for stories for children magazine www.storiesforchildrenmagazine.com. i am so excited to have been given this opportunity to have my work showcased on the cover of such a wonderful magazine for children. the art director, rosemarie www.rosemariegillen.com, has just been so amazing to me in the last few months, allowing me to do an illustration for each issue. i absolutely love contributing and i love the challenge that each new piece brings.
this piece has a special place in my heart. as everyone who knows me knows i am CRAZY about WINTER! seriously. i love it all...snow, ice, cold air, winter sports...all of the wonders of winter. and december is my favorite month of the year. i swear i could probably live in an igloo and be ecstatically happy (yeah, i love winter THAT much)!
i wanted to convey the playfulness of childhood in winter and what better way than to illustrate a group of cute little multi-cultural kids building a snowman...and a cute snowman at that;) teamwork at it's best!
thank you again to rosemarie for being so sweet to me and for giving me all of the opportunities she has in the last few months to work with her and her team at such a great publication!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

flying high!

FLYING HIGH!!!



these cute little airplanes are FOR SALE here:
http://etsy.com/listing/82260599/airplane-nursery-art-set-originals


they are made to coordinate with today's popular beddings. and...just because i love to decorate little boy's rooms:)

Saturday, September 17, 2011

~haPpY AuTumN~



just a cute little illustration of a scarecrow named fern and his adorable canary friend:)

this is FOR SALE as a REPRODUCTION here http://www.etsy.com/listing/81979891/fern-the-scarecrow-reproduction

after this one, i'm taking a little hiatus from painting pumpkins. just a little one...;)

~haPpY AuTumN~

Thursday, September 15, 2011

illustration friday~boundaries


i'm thinking he might be pushing the "boundaries" here. but he's only trying to help...;)

my submission for this week's illustration friday. it is also to be featured in stories for children magazine's november 2011 issue www.storiesforchildrenmagazine.com

i am set to do the winter cover for this magazine as well so i am super excited to start doing some sketches for that. especially since it is my favorite time of year!:)

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

genevieve's fairy



genevieve's fairy...ALL DONE!:)

this is FOR SALE AS A REPRODUCTION in my etsy shop here...
http://www.etsy.com/listing/81730012/autumn-fairy-and-pumpkin-with-optional the name of your little girl can be added at no extra charge. please see listing for more details.

i attached a sweet chocolate brown satin ribbon to finish it off and now it's all ready to be delivered and hung in genevieve's nursery. and wow, that was A LOT of "e's" that i painted in that name;) whew...

AS ALWAYS, CUSTOM ORDERS ARE ALWAYS WELCOME! PLEASE CONTACT ME IF YOU ARE INTERESTED!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

meet the newest member of hire an illustrator...

ME!!!:)))
http://hireanillustrator.com/i/portfolio/nicole-esposito/
i have heard such wonderful things about this site, that i decided to give it a go! i'm excited to be on board...:)

Friday, September 9, 2011

peyton's biggest fan...ME!!!

just a quick little sketch i did about a month ago. it was to be my profile pic on facebook everytime my beloved indianaplois colts played a game. well, for all who know me, i am the BIGGEST peyton manning fan alive! LOVE THIS MAN!
sad to say, peyton and i have a few things in common now....neck surgeries:( word is he is out for this season...and poor little nicole is bummed beyond belief! i feel for him literally.. having undergone 2 neck/spinal surgeries/fusions last august and october. no fun!:(
i wish him the speediest recovery and hope and pray he can return to indy next season...better than ever!!!

Thursday, September 8, 2011

illustration friday~mysterious

i thought there was a "mysterious" element to this piece...
my submission for this week's i.f. theme. i did this painting (entitled wish hope believe) back in the beginning of 2011 for a little girl waiting on a heart down at AI DuPont hospital. it was sold in a silent auction to benefit her cause. unfortuneately, she's still there...waiting on a heart:( hopefully soon her waiting will end and she will have the heart she so desperately needs!
to learn more about josie and here cause visit here: http://www.thebeatgoeson.org/
for a print of this piece visit my etsy shop here: http://www.etsy.com/listing/66788891/wish-hope-believe-reproduction

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

next on the table...


a custom order for a sweet little autumn baby named genevieve, the nursery is green and brown, so most of the finished painting will contain shades of green, with the oranges from the pumpkin and leaves being the contrasting color. it will be finished with a lovely satin ribbon for hanging (most likely in a nice cocoa brown color to match the nursery).
starting this cutie tomorrow...:)

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

pippa's pumpkin smoothie...yummy:)

here is a smaller size version of my FIRST entry to they draw and cook. it is for a contest entitled cooking 4 kids
http://www.theydrawandcook.com/cooking-4-kids-contest
as soon as i came across this contest a week or so ago, i knew had to give it a shot. with two other deadlines looming at the time, there was still no stopping me. i have been wanting to illustrate a recipe for the longest time now so this was the perfect opportunity.
i knew i wanted it to be easy to read, easy to follow, cute and most importantly healthy. so i figured with fall right around the corner....why not do something with pumpkins (which i love)!
i took my sweet little character pippa, some pumpkins, an easy recipe...and a cute little blackbird and voila...pippa's pumpkin smoothie!
i just submitted it to they draw and cook so i'm waiting to see how it looks once they review it and post it on their site. SUPER EXCITED!!!
***UPDATE-APPROVED*** YAY!!!!
take a peek over here and feel free to comment....
http://www.theydrawandcook.com/recipes/pippas-pumpkin-smoothie-by-nicole-esposito