Monday, June 29, 2015

Llama-Land

My latest print will be available in my Etsy Shop later this week, and here's a little preview and some behind the scenees  process pics.  Let's see if you can guess which song this lyric is from. The words on the drawing are "In llama-land, there's a one-man band, and he'll toot his flute for you."

I've been thinking about/working on this drawing for a few weeks now. All of my drawings start out as messy scribbles in my sketchbook. 


See what I mean by messy? I used to hate showing people my sketches just because they look so  - well - sloppy. But they're sketches. I work with the idea that I need to get it out of my head on onto a piece of paper as quickly as possible. Alot of times my sketches are just rough shapes drawn in so I can get an idea of composition and placement.  It's not until I start drawing at the computer that I start to clean things up. 


Well, have you figured out the song yet?

"Come Fly With Me" 
Sung by Frank Sinatra, lyrics by Sammy Cahn. 1957

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

If the stars were mine.

I couldn't decide on a background color for this one - so I made both. 

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Thursday, June 11, 2015

I Like Bears ... a lot.

I have kids - therefore I listen to a lot of kid music. Trying to find kid music - that kids will listen to -  and doesn't make an adult crazy is nearly impossible. Luckily some really awesome artists have kids and know my pain. One that is always, always, ALWAYS on at my house is Kimya Dawson's "Alphabutt" album - mostly because it has the "Pee Pee in the Potty" song, and we are currently potty training our two-year-old.  BUT, besides that, the song that always gets stuck in my head is "I Like Bears." I like that song a lot.  (https://youtu.be/vljA6XRxo3A)

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Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Website Update

I took the time to update my portfolio site AND made a new header (it's actually the same one as above - but I think it's super cute and I love it).

Have a little gander if you want: http://cargocollective.com/michaelaschuett


Monday, June 8, 2015

Busy weekend!



I had a busy weekend, and am so happy with the results. Here are a few sketch-to-completion projects that I worked on while the kids were sick :( Poor kids! Both of these lettering pieces are now available in my Society6 shop.


(detail from Pslam 57:7)

And these are just some cute little birds that I found myself sketching, so i had to color them. I love, love, LOVE them. I need to write a little story to go along with them. I imagine her to be very high maintenance and him to be surprised that she likes him. But also, afraid because she likes him. 

yea. he's definitely afraid of her!



Monday, June 1, 2015

Scenes from my sketchbook.

I had a very "unproductive" weekend (meaning I stayed away from my desk!). But I kept on sketching and doodling. The best part of my weekend is that I finally got to see the very beautiful "Book of Life" movie! (a bit mature for a 5-year-old and 2-year-old - but I enjoyed it!) I am definitely going to treat myself to the "The ART of the Book of Life Movie" book. I think I deserve it.

Here are few doodles from my sketchbook. I've discovered two things in the past few weeks:
(1.) I pretty much dislike sketching in pencil anymore. it's soooo messy and I hardly ever take the time to erase anything anyway.
(2.) spot color - especially water color - makes everything all better.




"Fancy Clancy carried a cat so people wouldn't all him fat"

Now. Back to work! So much to do, so little time. LITERALLY (I kind of slept in today!)

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Working on some new ideas.

I've got a couple new projects I'm currently working on - but one is specifically for me. This is one of those times when I've got an idea in my head and I need so desperately to get it out. So desperately, that on this beautiful sunny day, I turned on the tv and plopped my kids in front of it so that I could have a few minutes to get some work done. (I know. You don't have to yell at me. The "bad mommy" guilt is already eating me up.)

Here's a preview: 

It's not gound-breaking, but it's cute and I like it. It's very different from the styles and techniques that I have been working so hard to improve. And the starkness of detail and color makes it even more challenging. My plan is to do at least 12 spreads, focusing on 6 different animals, shapes and colors. 

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Reading and Give Away!

Today I had the opportunity to read my book, "Let's Count Fish!" to a wonderful group of preschoolers. I even gave a little drawing-a-funny-fish demonstration. I think they kind of liked me. 


ALSO! I'm doing a book and coloring book give away over on my Facebook page, Michaela Schuett Illustration! 


What's better than free books? Drawing is Friday, May 15 at 5pm! GOOD LUCK 

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

New Project!

Here's  a sneak peek of a new project that I just signed last week. Normally I wouldn't post anything this early on in the process, but Barbara posted a little peek on her instagram account!

We don't have a release date yet, but as soon as I know more and can post more,  
I will be sure to let you know!

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Free Coloring Pages!

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Here are a couple of coloring pages you guys can download that go with one of my newer illustration projects: "1, 2, 3, 4 Nightmare No More!" by Caroline Presno. 
I really enjoyed working on this project with Caroline. She wanted to self-publish a children's book about helping kids cope with nightmares and bad dreams and she asked me to do all the illustrations, layout and design. 
She has posted it available for purchase on amazon: http://goo.gl/8W5nGC
It's a super cute book and i hope you all enjoy it. Plus - her advice really works! My 5-year-old daughter started having bad dreams right when I first started working on this book!

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