Monday, January 26, 2015

A few things from the past couple weeks.

What happens when you're a freelancer is that when you get a job - an actual paying job - you tend to ignore your social media and own personal websites. I've been around. I just haven't posted a whole lot in the past weeks. But here is a glimpse into a few of the things that I've done. 

For starters: I SIGNED ANOTHER BOOK CONTRACT! I'm really excited to be working on this one. It's only been a few weeks - but the storyboard has already been approved and I'm currently eyeball-deep into sketches. Obviously I can't say or show anything now - but I will keep you posted with any sneak peeks and release announcements. 

Silly Valentine's doodle. (Pentel Brush Pen - which I love!)

A little ink and watercolor pattern play. I need to work more on patterns. They are VERY important for freelance illustrators and I'm still not very good! But I really like the combination of india ink and watercolor on this. When I get a chance I'll clean it up and make it a real repeating pattern. 

I've spent some time getting rid of the black lines on those fishes I've been drawing. I don't know that I like it "better" - but I do like it. I do tend to find myself liking black lines. I know it makes things more comic-y and cartoon-y - and a lot of illustrators consider them to be a crutch. And I've taken classes and done tutorials on how to get rid of them. But hey, I like what I like. (also - if you do your lines well - black lines make coloring so much faster!)

These two are sketchbook doodles. I've been forcing myself to use more ink and color in my sketchbook. It forces me to accept the imperfections and to not care so much about mistakes. 

And this guy here, is a logo I made for a construction business. Personally, I think it's pretty awesome. It's probably the most punny - yet totally appropriate - thing I've made since the cows came home. Literally. (see below)

Promo postcard for my husband's business. 

Friday, January 16, 2015

Funny Fishes!

I found myself doodling some funny fishes and really fell in love with them. Here are a few product mock-ups and a free coloring page! I also put them up over at Society6.

Friday, January 9, 2015

Printable Valentines on Etsy!

Hi friends! I put all those cute children's Valentines up on Etsy as a printable download. The price is very reasonable, so if you are interested in some unique and super cute Valentines for your kids, this is it!

 I made them with the preschool age in mind (mostly because my daughter is in preschool) but they are appropriate for pretty much anyone. There are four on the downloadable pdf - on Etsy, as soon as you pay the file downloads - and they are pretty gender neutral - but I did include a kitty which is more 'girly'. 

Here is the link! I hope you enjoy them!

Here are a few process pics (pardon my bad photography). I printed them on some white yardstick that we had here in the house. It wasn't super high quality - but it will do fine for a child's school party. And you can see that they just started as scribbles in my notebook. 

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Adorable Duck

I've been working on some cute Valentine's Day cards for children (even if the only kid to use them is my own!) I am completely in love with this little duck! He's so happy! Check back in a week or so to see the finished package.


Flat Colors

 Original Sketch

Monday, December 29, 2014


I don't know why I keep drawing cats. I'm not even a "cat" person. But they are pretty cute!

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Book Preview: Lee Lee the Surfing Monkey Hangs Ten

Before the holidays, I was feverishly working on drawing this guy. Here's a preview  created by the my publisher Omnibus Publishing.

Saturday, December 27, 2014

A few after Christmas doodles

I haven't had a lot of time to sit in front of my computer - what with the holidays and company and all - but I did make some time to doodle and draw. 

RESOLUTION #1: Read more books! 
One of my goals for January is "doodle and draw my New Years Resolutions" 

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Working on Christmas Cards.

Holiday cards give me anxiety. As a designer - i feel like everything should be perfect. But as a wife/mom ... I think who has time?!?!

I also feel like just because of my job, everyone is judging me on what I send out. (trust me - I don't judge your card/letter - i respect the fact that you took time to do it - and am probably pretty upset that you got it done before me!)

Last year we didn't even send out a holiday card. Which is a shame, because we MOVED! (kind of a big deal in the holiday card scheme of things), BUT, luckily for us, we have the world's best mailman* - who knows where we moved - and still delivers our cards with the wrong address on them!

Here's a little sneak peek of what I did for this year's card. Because, damnit, a card is going out - whether I have time or not!

*Our mailman's name is Dave. At preschool, our daughter Luella met a "Fireman Dave." And of course the first thing she said is "mom! did you know that Mailman Dave and Fireman Dave are two completely different people? Not the same guy at all!


ALSO - doesn't this adorable guy make you wish you were on our mailing list? I think he's pretty stinking cute!