Saturday, April 25, 2015

Free Coloring Pages!

Free Download!
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:
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!

Free Download!

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Let's Count Fish! signed copies!

The UPS delivery truck dropped off two GREAT BIG BOXES  of beautiful books!

I love them so much!!!!! Excited is not an exciting enough word for how I feel!

Here's how to order a signed copy:

 Email me, Michaela (the author and illustrator) the following information to

  1. Your Name
  2. Your email address (I will send you a request for money from PayPal. Books are $12.95/book + shipping (approx $3).
  3. Mailing Address
  4. Number of books
  5. The name(s) want me to sign the book to (e.g. to Sam and Jesse)

 I will email you a tracking number as soon as I get it to the post office! 

 It's that simple! 

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Sketch and vector practice.

One of my New Year's Resolutions was to draw more people, so this started out as just a sketch of a couple of cartoony kid characters. I ended up liking it quite a bit and decided to practice some vector work on it. Most of what i've done in the past year has been to enhance my photoshop drawing and painting - and I feel really comfortable working in that. So when I take a step back and work only in Illustrator, it's more challenging for me.

I also need to practice more scenes and environments. I love the way Benji Davis draws his cities and various scenes - hopefully I can get inspiration from him without making everything I do look exactly like his! (Not that I ever could!)

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Coloring Page to Download

Download a coloring page to go with "Let's Count Fish!" now available on Amazon. 

Published by Omnibus Publishing 2015. Official release date of May 1, 2015. Pre-sale available now. 

Monday, March 30, 2015


I'm so excited that I can officially announce the release date of May 1st, 2015 for my first author/illustrator book, "Let's Count Fish!"

If you've been following my instagram, twitter or Facebook - even this blog - you've surely seen how I was obsessed with drawing fish for quite some time. I had absolutely no reason what-so-ever for drawing them other than they made me happy. 

(a few original sketches - the ones on the right I scribbled in church!)

One day I was counting them to see how many I had drawn, and it dawned on me that they are so cute and funny they would make a GREAT, simple counting book!

So that is what I presented to  my publisher and that is what they accepted!


Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Website Update.

I know it seems silly having a "blog" and a "portfolio" - but everyone does. Portfolio sites tend to be cleaner and more simple (and in many cases free of typos!)

I've always had the link off to the left over there (a little bit under my cartoon drawing of myself), but in case incase you've never noticed it - or it's been awhile since you clicked on it - I took some time to put up some new artwork. 

Go ahead and take a look!

In the mean time - I've been feverishly working to finish up a few projects - including "I AM A UNICORN!" - so hopefully I will have some EXTRA GOOD and exciting news soon!

ALSO! I managed to outline, mock up and make sketches for TWO NEW ADVENTURES for Goat and Frog. Looks like I might have a series of books inside my head. I just love the characters so much - I hope everyone else loves them as much as I do. 

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Couch Chickens Party - #wip

Our almost-two-year-old loves, loves, LOVES to have couch cushion parties (you know what I mean - everyone did it as a kid - you pull all the cushions off every piece of furniture in the room and just jump around). 

BUT! Here's the thing. He's not yet two, and he can't say the word "cushion" correctly. He hilariously says "chickens" instead. And he asks so politely and slowly. "Couch? Chickens? Party? Please?" 

Of course we don't correct him? What kind of parent would do that? 
(he also calls his blanket a "cookie" - but that's not quite as funny)

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Another sneak peek!

Okay - so I couldn't resist! Anther peek of a detail shot from a page in my "I AM A UNICORN!" book. For whatever reason I am completely in love with these scissors and glue! 

Thursday, February 26, 2015


It's been a rough couple of weeks. Everyone was sick - multiple times - and the weather has been so very cold and snowy. But while we were all stuck inside I managed to write and sketch an entire book!  This will probably be all I show for a long time because I'm going package it up and submit it to literary agents. If it never gets anywhere - I will not be sad or frustrated. I will learn something from every rejection and just keep trying. It needs to be done. Wish me luck!