Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Making Valentines!

Hello Everyone!  I know, it's been a loooooooonnnggg time since I've posted anything on my blog.  Well, I've been busy working on an exciting project these past few months.  I'm done now and I'll tell you about it soon, but here's a little something I did this past week.  I've been feeling a need to break out and try some new techniques.  This was done, (except for the initial sketch), completely in Photoshop. (And only with a mouse!  I don't have a wacom tablet at home.)  I have used Photoshop (and Illustrator) before, but this is my first real attempt to do a piece on the computer with the same "look" as my work in traditional media.  I'm pretty happy with it.

Tuesday, October 08, 2013

Illustration Friday "Underwater"

Another quickie I did for Inktober and also for this week's Illustration Friday.  An underwater mermaid serenade!  Maybe at some time I'll post the rest of my Inktober pieces here on my blog.  This has been good exercise for me, getting me to think up and do these illustrations more quickly than is my usual want.  Now back to work!

Thursday, October 03, 2013

Illustration Friday: Onomatopoeia

I'm participating in a new drawing challenge called "Inktober", one ink drawing for each day of October.  I thought doing a quick ink drawing each day would help me loosen up a bit, and I've been feeling the need to loosen up, let me tell you.  Then I also thought, "Why not tie in my Inktober piece with an Illustration Friday piece?"  So here we are.  This week's word is onomatopoeia, which means "the creation of words that imitate natural sounds."  When I took French in high school I was fascinated to discover that onomatopoetic words varied from language to language even though they were based on the same sounds.  The thought had never occurred to me. 

Wednesday, September 04, 2013

Winston the Ref!

Winston the Rabbit may not be very athletic, but he's very good at being the ref!  Ferdie the Pig and George the Jack Rabbit are facing off.

Feeding Time!

It's feeding time at the Bear household!  The little boy bear is so fascinated by the mother bird feeding her babes that he forgets the bagel that his Momma gave him for his breakfast.  Another piece exploring my bear characters...

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Winston at the Window

Say hello to Winston!  Winston is a character I created for a picture book writing and illustration class I took a long time ago.  I noticed him in my box of drawings the other day and decided it was time to explore some ideas with him again.  I've gone back to an older style of mine, using an ink brush outline.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

The Bears' Picnic

A while back I did a piece for Illustration Friday of a mother bear and a boy bear riding bicycles.  I really liked how it turned out, and I got lots of great feedback on it as well.  I've decided to explore with these characters more, so here they are having a picnic and playing pirate.

Emilie Spies Something...

I've been busy the past few weeks getting ready for the summer Society of Children's Book Writers Conference and then updating my website.  This was a piece that I did for my portfolio, a companion to a piece I did a while back called Emilie and the Sea Serpent.  It's an idea for a story that I have of a lonely Victorian girl who befriends a Sea Serpent.  It's just a beginning for now...

Tuesday, July 09, 2013


Bear says YES!  For this weeks Illustration Friday topic, "Protest".  Bear is character that I've been playing with lately for a picture book idea I have.