Monday, June 22, 2015

Illustration for Highlights magazine

Here is the illustration I did for Highlights magazine! I was beyond excited to work on this and so incredibly thankful for the opportunity! I grew up reading highlights magazine, so to actually have my own artwork in it is just crazy to me. I couldn't wait to get the July issue in the mail and was even more excited to open it and see artwork in there from artists that I've admired for years.

I've never sketched so many bears before- I think I filled up 4-5 pages with them just as warm ups before working on more detailed sketches. I'll have to find those and maybe add them to my next post.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Burleson County Book

I don't think I ever shared the book I worked on a few months back. I was hired to work on a book for the Burelson County Texas Historical Society. I was responsible for the inside book layout design, placing/editing text, cropping & retouching photos etc. There were a lot of photos in this book and the tricky part was getting the photos to all fit on the same page with each family's corresponding text. The book was nearly 600 pages and took quite a bit of time and all-nighters but I learned so much while working on it. The printing, cover and end pages were done by The Insite Group in Bryan, Texas. This was definitely the biggest project I've worked on but was very rewarding. By the time I was done, I think I'd read almost every page! I learned so much about the history and the different families from that area, plus I learned a lot more about Adobe InDesign. Also a thank you to the Burleson County Historical Society for having an extra book printed for me to keep!

digital sketches

These are some digital sketches that I did while going through my ever growing PS brush collection. I'm slowly narrowing down the brushes I use the most but it's nice to try out new ones. If you ever need some really great brushes, definitely check out Kyle T Webster's collection. I bought the megapack and am tempted to go back and buy the gouache and watercolor ones as well.

These first two images were submitted for #colour_collective on twitter. Every week a new color is announced and on Friday you post your art to twitter with the colour_collective hashtag.

pink colour_collective

grey colour_collective

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

sculpey ornaments and personalized gift bag

Sorry it's been a while since I've posted... after a very long deadline, I took some time to spend with my family, sketch and do art for fun. I did just finish up an illustration that I'm really excited about but can't post anything on that for a few months. In the meantime, here's a few sculpey ornaments I made back in December. I had a lot of fun working on the gift bag for my friend Lisa. I wish I had time to work on personalized gifts more often! I'll try to post a few sketches from my sketchbook and some digital sketches soon.

Monday, October 20, 2014

chicken study sketches

I signed up for Chris Oatley's Magic Box online school months ago. I logged in, started on the first assignment and quickly became intimidated and overwhelmed. I took a break for a while but got busy with freelance work so I'm just now getting started again. Trying not to feel defeated this can be hard to find the balance between being inspired by others work or wanting to quit after seeing how far I have to go. I have to remind myself not to compare... just create, learn and have fun with it. Sooo, here's my first page of sketches for homework.

Bunch o' sketches

Sorry for the lack of posts- been working on a project the last few months but now that it's over, here's a whole bunch of sketches. If you follow me on twitter then you've probably seen the majority of these as I posted between breaks.

These first sketches were for @sketch_dailies on twitter. I did the pumpkin troll sketch a day before @sketch_dailies had the boxtrolls topic, so then I went back and made a boxtroll too :) I'd really like to make one out of sculpey if I have some extra time.

These were ideas for International Dot Day

 A couple quick Inktober drawings that I tried to do inbetween design work. If you haven't heard of Inktober then you can check it out on Mr Jake Parker's website. The ones below were done using a cheap pen and my daughter's crayola markers but I did eventually break out a real brush and india ink. I'll post those once I get more done.

some random sketches

Sunday, October 19, 2014

twitter #kidlitart books recommendations

Here are some of the PB and MG books recommended during the Thursday night twitter #kidlitart chat. If I missed any books let me know and I'll add it to the list

  •  What Do You Do With an Idea
  •  Mustache Baby by Bridget Heos and Joy Ang
  •  Unicorn Thinks He’s Pretty Great & Buddy & The Bunnies, by Bob Shea
  •  Landlines, by Rainbow Rowell
  •  I'm My Own Dog by David Ezra Stein
  •  Louise Loves Art!, Kelly Light
  •  Little Elliot, Big City
  •  Aw, Nuts!
  •  Giddyup Daddy
  •  Nugget and Fang
  •  My Teacher is a Monster
  •  Baby Bear Counts One, and Baby Bear Sees Blue, by Ashley Wolff
  •  The Real Boy, by Anne Ursu
  •  Wild by Emily Hughes
  •  A Perfectly Messed-Up Story" by Patrick McDonnell
  •  Mr.Tiger Goes Wild, by Peter Brown
  •  The Book With No Pictures, by BJ Novak
  •  Eleanor and Park
  •  Landlines
  •  Stephanie Perkins, LOLA & BOY NEXT DOOR
  •  Dragon Slippers trilogy by Jessica Day George
  •  books by Patricia C. Wrede
  •  Have You Seen My Dragon by Steve Light
  •  How about Rosie Revere, Engineer
  •  books by Sarah J Maas
  •  QUEST (& JOURNEY) by @storybreathing & FOSSIL (and CHALK) by Bill Thomson
  •  Sparky" by Jenny Offill / illustrated by Chris Appelhans
  •  Leroy Ninker Saddles Up by Kate DiCamillo's/ illustrations by Chris Van Dusen
  •  The Raven Boys series by Maggie Stiefvater
  •  Little Elliot
  •  This is Moose
  •  City of Ember
  •  Laini Taylor's completion to her Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy: Of Gods & Monsters
  •  SISTERS, sequel to SMILE
  •  SORROW'S KNOT by Erin Bow
  •  Edgar Gets Ready For Bed by Jennifer Adams
  •  Tuesdays at the Castle, Jessica Day George
  •  Mitchell Goes Bowling and BALL
  •  Nausicaa
  •  Nana in the City, by Lauren Castillo
  •  FRANK!
  •  HENNY
  •  SOPHIE'S SQUASH by Pat Zietlow Miller
  •  Hector Protector and as I went over the water by maurice sendak
  •  anything by Matthew Cordell
  •  Julia's House for Lost Creatures by Ben Hatke
  •  Telephone by Mac Barnet/Jen Corace
  •  BEAR'S SONG / BEAR'S SEA ESCAPE, by Benjamin Chaud
  •  Rain
  •  Orion & the Dark by EmmaYarlett
  •  Deb Diesen's The Pout Pout Fish Goes to School
  •  NINJA by Arree Chung
  •  CHANGE YOUR NAME STORE by Louise Fitzhugh, illus Tina Kugler
  •  HOORAY FOR HAT by Brian Won
  •  Good Bye Bad Bye
  •  EL DEAFO by CeCe Bell
  •  THE RIVER by Alessandro Sanna
  •  NOTHING CAN GO WRONG, Prudence Shen & Faith Erin Hicks
  •  SLEEPWALKERS by Viviane Schwarz
  •  The Noisy Paintbox
  •  A Cat Named Tim
  •  BLUFFTON by Matt Phelan
  •  Nikki Loftin's Nightingale's Nest
  •  THE THREE SHADOWS by Cyril Pedrosa
  •  The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate
  •  Have You Heard the Nesting Bird
  •  The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe
  •  Barbara Cooney books
  •  Velveteen Rabbit
  •  The Day The Crayons Quit, Drew Dewalt
  •  Big Plans, Bob Shea