Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Cleaning out the Closet





Now that the kids are back in school, I finally had the time to clean out the closet where I keep my art supplies and old artwork. It's such a great feeling to be (somewhat) organized, and I even found a bunch of art I had long forgotten about. For instance, these b & w images were done about 10 years ago for a little publication for preschool teachers called "Building Blocks." They were lovely people to work with, and I got some great ideas for activities to do with my then pre-school aged sons, including a great recipe for homemade playdough, as I recall!

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Teen Stamps




OK, this was something different. I was hired by little company called The Greeting Farm to design "teen themed" rubber stamps. Crafters use the stamps to make lovely greeting cards and such. Well, it was a departure for me, but it was fun! They are a delightful company to work with, and I enjoyed the assignment. I have two sons and several nieces around this age, so I'm surrounded by teens and "tweens," but oddly enough, I never draw them. I tried to capture two things that I've noticed about this amazing, confusing time of life:
1. When you catch them in a certain light, or a certain pose, they show glimmers of the little kids they were not so very long ago.
2. They're starting to really play with style, picking up pieces here and there and trying them on for size.
It's a wild ride, but I wouldn't miss a minute of it.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Promotional Postcard


Here is the illustration I created for a promotional post card. This is from a story idea I have that I've been tinkering with off and on. (More about that later.) I ordered oversized postcards from Vistaprint. Although I've heard other illustrators occasionally grumble about the color quality, especially when reordering postcards, I've always been very satisfied. They're super cheap and quick.