Here is a fun little project I did for the District of Sechelt over the summer - An under water scene for their Hydro Box Art Wrap project.
What fun! I had the pleasure to create the full and fabulous activity maps for Usborne Publishing. The books just came out and are on sale!
Art direction by Jenny Addison / All content © Usborne Publishing 2018
Love the Chirp commissions! Busy crowded colour, coming up. Suits my maximalist sensibilities just fine.
Creative direction by Faith Cochran / Published March 2018
A little bit of personal work for the SCBWI Draw This Challenge for the topic 'Wild'.
Yup. That's right. I went there.
Here is the final published Puzzle Spread Illustration for the March edition of Chickadee/ Owl Kids!
(It is possible that these two wandered into the scene... ;) )
Final published piece for the January/February 2017 issue of Chirp Magazine (Owl Kids). Poem written by Bowman Wilker. Creative direction by Faith Cochran. See the original illustrations in my portfolio.
I hope everyone is having a great Spring Break! Here is my first illustration for Chickadee Magazine (Owl Kids). It's a board game chock-full of fun suggestions of how to pass the time.
Hope y'all are having a great time with friends and family!
Here is my 4th cover from a project at work (in progress).
The adventurers have traveled to the future...
Another cover in progress for a fun series that I'm working on.
Yup. I went there.
It's my five-year-old Jack's first school valentines day. He's lucky enough to be in a super duper Nature Program, in which he is able to spend much of his time at school outside exploring nature, the woods, the creek and the beach. His classroom is called the Hive, so I decided that I absolutely needed to make some Bee themed cards for him to take to class.
I'm hoping, as the kids are 5-8, that they'll be more likely to forgive the puns that came to me at WTF o'clock the night before.
Part of my goals in "the Year of the Portfolio" was to take a few courses. In June Make art that Sells, a new e-course by Lilla Rogers (a great illustrator and agent whose artists I've been admiring for years) popped up in my News feed and I jumped to sign up. I'd only found out about Part A three days before the course started so when it DID start I was completely overwhelmed with the roller coaster of inspirations, assignments and trying to balance getting the work done and not having the rest of my life fall apart.
The roller coaster was well worth it. Even though I spend my days illustrating and designing (and people pay me for it!) I can't even tell you how much better my work has become. So much so that the work that I did during the course wound up being almost half of my new portfolio. Most of the work that was going to go in (pre-MATS) didn't make the cut for this redesign. Good thing Part B has just started so I can fill up my site!
Week 1 (Part B) is about the Paper Market, and assignment 1 is to make a card using Christmas ornaments and candy. Every Monday, Lilla assigns us a "mini assignment" to get the creative juices flowing. It usually involved creating icons, or playing somehow.
Immediately I started drawing my icons.
Icons have become a huge part of my regular practice. I'd actually started this book before the course and it came in handy as a library to look back on for future projects. I force myself to do 100 of each object/thing. It allows for the first (bad) ideas to live, interesting explorations to take place and a few proud evolutions to emerge.
Here are my final designs. In the end I flipped a coin and put the Three Happy Santas into the final assignment group. (The second design.)
I'm also taking a hand lettering course (and trying to incorporate hand lettering into the MATS assignments) and a Creative Branding course but they don't start until next week so stay tuned!