Picnic at Camp Shalom, a book I did for Kar Ben publishing is out, and the Picture Book Junkies are having a celebration week over on our blog. We will be posting a little something different each day. Leave a comment and there will be a giveaway at the end of the week!
I LOVE picture books. It's the one item that I guess you could say I have an obsession over (besides chocolate chip cookies) and I've allowed myself to collect quite a few over the years.
I try as hard as I can to limit my purchases when I'm in a bookstore. I wander through the children's book section for about an hour, pulling books that I want. And then before I checkout, I force myself to only buy the books I feel I just absolutely have to have. It's hard to limit myself to two or three, but I've just about run out of room on my bookshelves.
I actually have three children's book projects, which I illustrated in 2010, that will be released this year. The first is called Labracadabra and hits the bookstores on April 14th. You can read about it on my group blog, the Picture Book Junkies, where I post and review books every Friday. I'm so excited about this book and can't wait to share the artwork and process with you when it is finally in the stores.
Will definitely need to make room on my bookshelves for this one!
I feel like I'm in confession.....I'm sorry, it's been months since my last post! I've been working very hard on several books and have also been posting on the PBJ blog every Friday, so unfortunately my own blog has taken a back seat. Hope to get up and running again soon on a regular basis.
By the way, the Picture Book Junkies are celebrating all this week with the release of Alicia Padron's latest board book "ABC Baby Me." Be sure to check it out. Leave a comment on the PBJ blog and you will be included in the book giveaway!
Boy, it's been a long time since my last post! I've been very busy illustrating a couple of books. In in the midst of all that I lost my beautiful Airedale, Gracie, to old age and kidney disease. It has been a tough couple of months, but I'm happy to say that I've adopted another dog! You can check him out on my Friday post at PBJunkies along with a preview of what I'm currently working on.
Well, today is my birthday. I've decided to start lying about my age. It's just a number right? Why can't I just make up the number I want? Besides, when my mother called to wish me a Happy Birthday and I reminded her how old I was, her response was one of disbelief...she had to calculate it in her head to make sure I was telling the truth!! So if my mom can't remember and she gave birth to me, then why not just be the age I want to be? So, Happy Birthday to me as I'm feeling pretty darn young today!
And because I'm feeling so good, I thought I would give away of two of my "It's Easter" board books that came out last Spring. Each book comes with dye-cut eggs and the book is attached to a felt bag to hold the eggs. Definitely a book for a young audience....like me :o)
Leave me a comment, no later than Monday, April 22 and I will enter you in the drawing. I will post the winners here on Tuesday and will mail out the books in time for Easter. Each book comes with a personalized card and autograph by the illustrator, me!
You can also check out my post on PBJunkies today, all about dogs. Happy weekend!
Happy St. Patrick's Day everyone! I do have a wee bit of Irish blood in me...just enough to make me thick-headed my golf instructor says....:o) I've been working away on a couple of books, one of which is about a dog. This is a revised version (names have been changed!) of a reject sketch.
I'll be posting more reject sketches and talking about the process of character development for this book on Friday's blog at PBJunkies. Now go drink some green beer!
It was unclear who was more brave....the elephant who decided to take his first high dive into the pool, or the innocent bystanders who would to have to deal with the aftermath of an elephant possibly doing a belly flop on a cold, foggy morning.
I'm so excited to announce that the Picture Book Junkies are back in business! Alicia Padron, Roz Fulcher, Gina Perry and Kathy Weller are fabulous children's artists dedicated to everything picture book. After a well needed hiatus, they have decided to start up their blog again. And the best news is that I've been invited to join this creative group. I will be blogging on the site every Friday. Check us out!
Today I attended the Golden Gate Kennel Club Dog Show at the Cow Palace, just south of San Francisco. It's a benched show which means the dogs are on display with their breeders and available for hugs and photo ops. Here are a few photos that were somewhat in focus. A little tough taking clear shots with all the excitement.This little guy is a wire-haired dachshund. Oh so cute! Something to think about for the future, although I'd never breathe a word of it around here with my little old lady Gracie getting on in years.
This Standard Poodle was looking pretty confident that he had the win in the bag.
The Irish Wolfhounds were done and done.
How handsome is this Great Dane and what expressive ears!
And of course I couldn't help posting a picture of my own Best in Show, with her own set of extremely expressive ears, my little baby Gracie. She's a real stinker when I point a
If you've been following my blog, you might remember these guys from last Christmas. Well, they got licensed to Lowes for the 2009 holiday season as art flags. I've had so much fun finding them at my local stores. And I just got back yesterday from a trip to Maui to get a little R&R and guess what....they have Lowes in Hawaii! And, of course, I had to go in a check it out. Sure enough, there were a couple of flags left. :o)
My pesky little owls have found their way onto fabric! Robert Kaufman will be producing this collection of owls and coordinating fabrics which will be sold through Hancock Fabrics sometime next year. Hooty Hoot!
Here's something fun I worked on over a year ago for a company called Southern Patio. They saw my designs at Surtex and asked me to draw front, side and back views of specific designs that they liked. Prototypes were made in China and this polar bear is currently selling at Lowe's for the holidays. Very light weight and made out of resin. I had so much fun buying one for myself and trying to explain at the checkout counter that I had designed this bear.
I have four more sculptures that will be in Lowe's after the Christmas rush. Here is the prototype for Snail Stackers and the drawings that I did of the different views.
Thought I'd share with you a link where you can purchase my whimsical owls directly from Gallery 19 which is the online store for Design Design and M. Middleton, who license my artwork. A versatile design...can be used all year round.
This birthday card has turned out to be really popular! Design Design always does such a nice job with their cards. Artwork on the inside too. Click here to order.
Click here for the "It's a Hoot!" Medium tote with a die-cut handle...super cute!
Click here for the "It's a Hoot!" continuous roll wrap.
There is also tissue paper to match which can be used inside the tote bags.
Have been super busy these last couple of months with the development of new marketing materials and the redesigning of my website (finally!) It's been so fun, but very labor intensive. My new website will be up towards the end of this month. Through it all, I've continued with my watercolor classes with Guy Magallanes. This rose was painted from a photograph I took in my garden. The actual painting is quite large (18" wide). I had a great time painting big and learned so much about washes. Thank you Guy!
Haven't posted for ages, but this topic reminded me that I have tons of patterns in my collections that I use for licensing. This one was created in photoshop. I love using the chalk tool to give it a "stamped" look.
More experiments with technique...a digital sketch and color comp and a traditional painting with watercolor and acrylic. I only painted the characters and scanned them into my computer and added the shadows and background in Photoshop. Tight, but clean. And since everything is painted separately, I can use the characters for other fun stuff!