Wednesday, November 30, 2011


Hello! I hope everyone had a marvelous Thanksgiving, I spent the day stuffing my face and feeling overwhelmingly grateful to be self employed and able to take any days off I want to spend with friends and family. What a great deal this freelance artist thing is...

I also spent the last week completing (I think it's complete, why don't you all tell me what you think) a piece for a Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators Award competition. It is called the Tomie dePaola Award and last year a friend and fellow illustrator (Katia Wish) won last year's competition. So now that I know she's out of the pool of competitors I thought I might have a chance. Each year the award is given to the creator of the best illustration for the given selection of text. This year the text to illustrate is from Chicken Licken.

So they went along and went along until they met Turkey Lurkey
“Good morning, Goosey Loosey, Ducky Daddles, Cocky Locky, Henny Penny,
and Chicken Licken,” said Turkey Lurkey, “where are you going?”
“Oh, Turkey Lurkey, the sky is falling and we are going to tell the King!”
“How do you know the sky is falling?” asked Turkey Lurkey.
“Ducky Daddles told me,” said Goosey Loosey.
“Cocky Locky told me,” said Ducky Daddles.
“Henny Penny told me,” said Cocky Locky.
“Chicken Licken told me,” said Henny Penny 
“I saw it with my own eyes, I heard it with my own ears,
and a piece of it fell on my tail!” said Chicken Licken.
“Then I will go with you,” said Turkey Lurkey, “and we will tell the King!”

Here is what I came up with:

The sky is falling!

Like I said I think it's done, but please any constructive criticism is welcome! I still have a couple weeks until the deadline. Thanks!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Logo for C.A.T.S & D.O.G.S!

Hello everyone! I recently got my first logo job. I have done logo work in the past in collaboration with Z.bru Studios from Spokane, WA. They hired me to do the artwork for this logo.
This most recent project I did was for a project entitled CATS&DOGS which stands for Coping AT Schools and Dissemination Of Good Skills. It's a wonderful program helping Philadelphia area school counselors give anxiety treatment to their students.

These are the three thumbnail ideas I came up with right off the bat:

Concept #1
Concept #2

Concept #3

They chose number three and with a couple requested additions I came up with a final drawing:
logo cuteness!

Which they loved, so I quickly brought my image into photoshop/illustrator and made the final logo!
The final product
It was a pleasure working on this logo and I can't wait to do the next.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Owl Matryoshka Set

This is an owl set I painted with the hopes of putting it up on to see how quickly it sold. Well, it didn't quite make it there as I sold it before even completing the set! And I have three more matryoshka commissions in the works, so I hope you aren't sick of these yet! Whew, busy busy busy. Happy summer everyone!

great horned owl

barn owl

snowy owl

pygmy owl

Owl family portrait. They're a serious bunch.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Complete Matryoshka set!

This is an update on the Matryoshka set of birds I did as a commission a while back. I finally have photographs of the entire set! The set is comprised of seven birds and they are arranged from largest to smallest in descending order: penguin, barn owl, macaw parrot, magpie, blue jay, chick, and a hummingbird. The recipient of the commission got to select which birds they wanted and I had a blast making this set. Here are the photos:
penguin and baby
barn owl

macaw parrot
blue jay
the whole fam!
I have also started working on a smaller set this one is only owls, as I found the shape of an owl works quite well with the traditional shape of Matryoshka dolls. This set is only four pieces and they are going to be a great horned owl, barn owl, snowy owl, and a pygmy owl. Here is a photo of the work in progress:
owls in progress

You can see that the barn owl is complete, the great horned owl is nearly there, and the snowy and pygmy owls are still in the sketch phase.

I am working on this set and a couple more to throw up on and see how they sell! I'll let you know how that goes. Thanks for reading/looking!

Sunday, May 29, 2011

T-Shirt Design

My friend recently went through the process of giving her dad one of her kidneys and she decided that she wanted to somehow commemorate the occasion. She asked me to design a t-shirt for her father in reference to the kidney donation. My friend mentioned that she really liked the idea of playing off Milton Glaser's infamous I (heart) NY t-shirt design. So this is the text I came up with:

The front is a simple "I (heart) MY KIDney" design.

While the back is a kidney in a heart which is placed on the lower right side of the shirt exactly where the doctors implanted the new kidney. The shirt turned out great and I couldn't be happier.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Commission: Wedding Invitations

I have been commissioned to do a set of wedding invitations in the same style as the Valentine's cards I did in February. Each invitation is individually hand painted, although this time I printed the drawing out on each card not by hand but with my new, wonderful HP Laserjet Printer! This printer serves my purposes very well and the 90 lb Arches watercolor paper I used for the cards went through the printer without a hitch! The invites are still in progress, but here's one that is complete:

The wedding is an informal backyard wedding, and the couple are active gardeners, so they liked the concept of them working together in an over sized garden of their favorite flowers.

Below is my setup when working with watercolor: Portable palette so I can keep my watercolors (no matter how disorganized) with me wherever I go.  Flat palette for mixing of large swatches of color. Repurposed yogurt container for water, and fairly crappy brushes that I don't have to worry about destroying!

Thanks for stopping by, I'll have an update on those bird matryoshkas I'm working on soon!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Bird Matryoshka

I am working on a bird matryoshka set as a commission. There are seven nesting dolls in this particular set and and the birds in decreasing order are as follows: emperor penguin, barn owl, macaw parrot, magpie, cardinal, chick, and hummingbird. I am loving this project and wish I could make bird dolls exclusively for the rest of my life. I may eventually get bored with them but right now I am just enthralled with what incredible subjects birds are.

Emperor Penguin

Barn owl

For these I am using a mixture of acrylic paint and colored pencils on gessoed wood. Hope you like!

The family

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Business Cards!

I feel like a true business woman now. I have business cards! They were a last minute project as I needed something to hand out at a recent show.

This initial batch is just on card stock printed out at the local print shop. But I think I am going to send this design off to modern postcard or vistaprint and get them printed off nicely in bulk. Actually, if any of you have recommendations as to where I should get them printed please let me know. I'll keep you posted on that experience and let you know how they turn out. I did all the design/artwork for both cards so if any of you like what you see and need a business card designed, please contact me!

Monday, March 14, 2011

Board Game Illustration!

Hello, one of my favorite things about being an illustrator is that (at this beginning stage) every job I get is completely different from the last. I am having a wonderful time feeling my way around the industry and discovering what area of illustration works best for me. The last job I had was to design a logo for a board game entitled "Murder Madhouse Mystery."

After the logo design I agreed to do the box top illustration as well as the design work for the entire box. This was a blast and I am looking forward to exploring this area of illustration in the future. The game inventor wanted the game to have a 1920's "Great Gatsby" feel to it. Looking at 1920's architecture and fashion led me to this illustration, which I painted in Acrylic and touched up with colored pencil.

Good luck Patrick getting the game published, I hope to see it on shelves some day soon!

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Valentine's Cards!

Hello! For the past month I have been SUPER busy making Valentine's cards to sell at two shows this upcoming weekend in Portlandia! One of the shows (the show that inspired this project in the first place) is called "Fun-a-Day" and is a show of crafty projects where the artists did some creative type project every day for the month of January. The show is a chance for everyone to show and/or sell our makings! As the budding businesswoman I that am I decided to make and sell Valentine cards! That Show is on Saturday, February 12th from 7-10 pm, at St. Davids Church on S.E. Harrison and 28th. The other show I am selling cards at is the Portland Love Show at Gallery Homeland on S.E. Division and 11th. The Portland Love Show features 300+ Portland artists and the opening night is bound to be a party from 7pm-12am, though it is the same night as Fun-a-Day.

Here are photos of some of the cards I have made for the show:

Each card is hand printed and painted, and no two cards are exactly the same. Please come by the the Fun-a-Day show from 7-10. Or Come by the love show (where my sister will be selling cards for me) from 7-12 this Saturday. Thanks for reading, and happy Valentine's Day!