Business Cards and promo block

Children's Book Illustration Promotions, Experimental, In my Brain then on to Paper, Life, On my Desk, Work in Progress

I’ve been spending quite a bit of time working on some new business cards and post cards to mail out this fall.  The biggest slow down was my laptop, after five years the battery started acting up.  I now have my new desktop and things are working a lot better, I really like having a work space in the living room where I can sit with the little man while I work.

I have a couple layouts for my cards that I like but I guess I’m having a hard time deciding on one.


I took what I liked from these thumbnails to create my business cards.


This was the front and back I originally liked and started working on, the energy in this first version was lost however when I did some further work on it.


I like the image, but not for my card.  I guess I’m looking for an image that better defines me as an illustrator.  But really until I get something mailed out it doesn’t matter how well defined my designs are, because the point is to get my name and info to the publishers.  So I really just need to make a decision get them printed and send it out.  period.



Making Stuff!

Experimental, Life, The Child, Work in Progress

I sometimes get the urge to get crafty, especially after visiting a couple of my favorite sites pintrest and etsy.


I found so many adorable photos of paper mache little boats so I decided to try to make some too.  I started making one little boat then kinda liked the design so I made a bunch more.  I’m going to make some little sails and oars for them next sooo cute!

fourboats threeboats


Then a small monkey wanted to give it a try.  : )


Illustrator Tutorials

Experimental, Resources, Vector Drawing, Work in Progress


I’ve been looking at some really good Illustrator Tutorials and spending the last little while improving my working knowledge of creating vector drawings.

Here are a couple I’ve read recently;


Well back to practicing, I really want to improve the way I create my critters.

Textured Vector Drawing

Acrylic painting, Experimental, Portfolio, The Child, Vector Drawing

I had this drawing part way finished for over a year now and I just never got around to finishing it.  I fixed up the face on the boy since I thought it was a little weird, and added texture to try and give it a little more life.  It has a wood block print quality that I quite like.

I’m going to finish off some more of the images I’ve started in the coming weeks, I have a lot of them.  : p

What I did over the Holidays (part two)

Acrylic painting, Experimental, On my Desk

A good friend of mine recently had a beautiful baby boy, and as part of the shower gift for her I made a little painting for the nursery.  My friend really loves frogs so I wanted to create something that both Mom and Baby would enjoy.

In this photo the paint is still wet but it is a mixed media piece on wood panel with acrylic paint and paper inclusions.

What I did over the holidays (part one)

Acrylic painting, Experimental, In my Brain then on to Paper, Ink on Paper, On my Desk, Work in Progress

Things have been a little hectic around our house so I haven’t done an update in a while.

I’ve been painting, drawing and I learned how to knit and over the next couple days I’ll have photos and info on all of them.

This first image is a mixed media painting, I’ve been playing around with paint, printed paper and drawings on tracing paper and combining them to create an image.  The second little painting was going to be for my christmas cards but once again my ideas were bigger than the time I had, so I ended up buying cards to send. I’ll try again next year.

I’m working again!

Experimental, illustration friday, On my Desk, Portfolio, watercolour

I finished two drawings today, the top one I’m submitting to illustration friday, and the bottom one is a promotional piece that I’ve been working on for a while but have not been happy with.  I scanned both images and edited them in photoshop, the image of the owl needed the most work.  I was a little heavy handed with black ink at one point and I needed to lighten it up a bit.

I will have to finished drawings up shortly in all their edited glory.

Early Bird

Experimental, illustration friday

Here is a bird and flower inspired image for illustration friday.  When I hear the word early I think of birds chirping and the first few blossoms to come up in the spring.  ‘The early bird gets the worm’ also popped into my head but I thought it would be too cliche.

I underestimated the work and life got in the way

Acrylic painting, Experimental, illustration friday, On my Desk, Work in Progress

So last Friday I had an idea for a painting, I thought it would be fun and interesting and that I would have it done in a day or two.  I was wrong, and I had forgotten one important thing, life happens.  We had family to visit over the weekend, groceries to do and I had to work at the coffee shop Monday -Wednesday.  Then I finally had Thursday off but I had a two hour dentist appointment to prepare for the crown I’m getting next week because of the root canal I had last week.  So an entire week went by and I had not touched the painting I had been so excited for last Friday.

Finally it is friday again and I have some time to work on the painting, it was originally for illustration friday, but the deadline for that is now past so it will be added to my portfolio in the sparse acrylic section.  Here is some more of the progress I’m loving the way it’s turning out, I hope you do too.

A work in progress

Acrylic painting, Experimental, illustration friday, On my Desk, Work in Progress

I’m trying out something new for this weeks illustration friday topic, it’s a collage made from painted then cutout paper, some handmade and printed paper.  The topic is ‘Ahead’ and the idea behind my illustration is how parents work and struggle to make sure their children get ahead in life.

I’ll update again when I finally get this one finished.