Blog Update!

Children's Book Illustration Promotions, Traditional Media

Hey everyone!  I’m updating the layout and design of my blog so there will be a few changes.  Keep watch for bright and fun changes.



Illustration Friday ‘Suspend’

Acrylic painting, illustration friday, Life, On my Desk, Portfolio, Vector Drawing, Work in Progress

Here is the vector drawing version of a painting I did for my sons room.  It is a simplified flat colour and no texture image that I think would look good as a tee shirt.   I’m still playing around with the bunny and fox characters, I think they are a fun little duo whom I imagine will continue going on adventures together.

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

Portfolio site frustrations


I spent the day fixing the bugs on my portfolio site, and while I was at it I also changed the colour scheme.  I had to fix and upload it over a dozen times before I got it right.  I had started fixing it last night and I ended up just getting frustrated and leaving it until today.  Some pages had text that was not showing up, the links and buttons were not working properly, the album function did not work at all at one point and each time I fixed something I’d find another part that was not doing what it was supposed to.

Despite all of this, after many hours of work I am now happy with it.


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.

Portfolio Site is Active!

On my Desk, Resources

Hey everyone, I’ve been working on it for months with a lot of frustration and heartache and it’s finally done: My Portfolio website!

It features all the best images I’ve been working on over the past couple years organized into the different medium categories.  So pop over and check it out.

Making a Portfolio site

Experimental, Resources, Work in Progress

When I was first toying with the idea of making my own portfolio site I thought the process would be fairly strait forward.  I learned the basics of html and built myself something ugly and complicated, it didn’t last long and luckily not many people saw it.  Some time went by and eventually I discovered wordpress, and as far as my blog goes it has been fairly successful.  Having this as my portfolio was not acceptable it is messy and has just about everything that pops into my head on it, not the best impression for publishers.

So I went about creating a site separate from my blog, it would be the professional face that I would show to publishers, art directors, or anyone else that wanted to see the best of my illustration.  I first tried to built a site with with the help of my computer savvy friend Matt at Journeymen IT , he helped me with the initial setup and showed me all the basics.  I searched for themes I could customize to meet my needs, but I was never very happy with the results.

It was nearly a month of tweaking when I stumbled on a program I had on my computer, this is my first mac so I’m learning new things about it all the time.  I found iweb and fell in love with how quickly and easily it was for me to put together my site just the way I wanted it.  I don’t know how good the coding is for it, but it looks great!

So I’ve spent this week working on it and I hope to have it launch next week, I’m very excited and I hope it works out as well as I’ve planned.

Playing while Working

Sketchbook, Work in Progress

I was playing with some doodles that I cut out and arranged with some paper, it was gratifying to see the combinations instantly come together.  I took tons of photos of the little arrangements so they where cropped perfectly into little compositions.

Also, I’ve finally signed up on some of my favorite illustration sites and I’m trying to post up more of my finished artwork.  I’ve fixed up the site a bit as well, along the right of the page are thumbnails of some of the finished pieces that will be going into my children’s illustration portfolio.