Sunday, July 20, 2014

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Sketch Daily

For my first sketch daily, I used a brush pen on copy paper. This is one of my dearest friends, Larrie, and it's his 30th birthday today! He is a Master of Design and in my eyes that makes him a 
KUNG FU MASTER OF DESIGN.  So there you go...


Sunday, June 22, 2014

IF: Summer

I don't think I ever really miss Summer when it's Winter. 
But I sure do miss Winter during Summer!



Saturday Work Days

I work one Saturday a month at the library. Thankfully, those days are pretty slow so I'm able to get in some practice painting. :)

Portrait of a coworker in light gouache
A tree during staff training day

Monday, May 26, 2014

Lately...

You might find these in my print bin...

Gouache
Gouache




Watercolor and ink

IF: Universe

I had time last Saturday to work on my Illustration Friday submission.
There are those quiet moments when you contemplate the universe and 
what your existence really means.

It's out!!!

Here's the link to Tiger Chaplain's book: Tristan and the Wise Little Dragon! Illustrated by me!! This story has a lovely moral that all kids should and do learn at some point in their lives!



Saturday, April 12, 2014

Update

So I've finished a book I was working on for an author in New Orleans. Can't upload anything just yet, but the story line is a wonderful moral lesson in loving what you have and not wishing for what others have! Hopefully it will be picked up soon and I can advertise it!

Being a Children's Librarian is still amazing! I get to work with children and look at children's books all day long! I'm so blessed to have found my place in the work field while still being able to illustrate! I just hope I can find an agent soon so I can work toward that goal as well!

Postcards are in progress for sending out to publishers! I think this is a great way to make sure my name doesn't get lost with all the other submissions! I'm also setting up a second ebook to be published through Kindle Direct which will be available on Amazon.com!

Here are some works in progress:



Have a great weekend!










IF: Survival (late)

This is me trying to survive. :) There's just not enough time in the day!
Watercolor

IF: Zodiac

A quick gouache. I'm a proud Taurus. :)




Sunday, March 30, 2014

Free time sketch/ watercolor

You know that feeling.... new red shoes... sunglasses... Lookin' gooooood!

IF: Red (late)

Another late post! Boo!!
Marie taunted the kids on the playground with a shiny, red water balloon.

Watercolor

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Art Assignment #3

What a cool way to break out of the art rut!!
Check out these awesome weekly art assignments: https://www.youtube.com/user/theartassignment

And here's mine for week 3: Something intimate and indispensable. 
I chose my positivity which can be reflected in my smile... CHEESE!


Friday, January 24, 2014

Fresh Paint

Diggin' this program on my surface pro!

Fresh Paint with Sensu brush
 
On another note, I'm finding more time to work on a show I have going up in October! I can't post anything yet but I do put little glimpses on my Instagram! The paintings are the biggest I've ever attempted!

Sunday, January 19, 2014

IF: Search (late)

I guess I'm still a week behind with Illustration Friday posts!!!
Gouache on hot press watercolor paper.

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Reflect (late)

This was meant for the Illustration Friday post for "reflect" but, alas, I've been too busy to submit in time. Digital painting on a Surface Pro in Sketchbook Pro.

 
Melanie never felt like a princess, except when she put on her mother's crown.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

IF: Spirit

I love the holidays, but I hate the holidays. #poor
Not in the spirit anymore.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

IF: Shadow

 
 
 
Reading a horror novel late at night... I feel like things move in the shadows...

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Update!

Hello Hello! So things have been dropping into place for me lately! I've been working myself crazy this semester with school (still getting my Masters), work (part time at the library and part time teaching at the college under an assistantship), and all my illustration book work! I have been working Saturdays at the library and Sundays doing local photography. Which means I have had ZERO days off. What has that done for me? Well, at first it was slowly eating away at me, but hard work doesn't go unnoticed! I am taking a break from school (just for one semester) and starting full time at the library as the new CHILDREN'S LIBRARIAN!! This is a position I've made a goal in my life as part of my determination towards illustration! I know that it's hard to be a full time Children's book illustrator so what better steady income to have than becoming a Children's librarian??? I'll be around Children's books, children who read, and all the research I need to know what publishers want in an illustrator! I'm so happy (and honestly bewildered) that I'm already in the position I've been wanting after applying at the library as part time not even 3 months ago!

So rest assured! I'm still here, still drawing/ painting, and still trying to get my name out there as an illustrator! And there should be more to show for it once things start slowing down! (Mid December?) So wish me luck!!!

Here's a digital illustration I did in some free time on my Surface Pro tablet! I love being able
to draw/ paint straight on the screen!

Thursday, November 14, 2013

IF: Energy

 
Hooray! I've got some new beginnings to share soon!!!! But for right now I'm still trying to build up enough energy to finish this semester!! Here's a quickie of a little brown bear trying to catch a fish!

Friday, October 25, 2013

IF: Creature

Digitally painted in Sketchbook Pro!

 
 
 
This semester is killing me...
 
 

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Busy!

Okay so I failed at my attempt at uploading digital illustrations! Boooooo!
But I did start a new part time job at the local library! And it's wonderful! I can honestly say that working around books (especially children's books!) is one of the best feelings in the world!
I am also coming along SLOWLY in my graduate courses. I'm trying to get a routine going with my astounding lack of time in order to get my work done. I'm taking a ceramics course, watercolor, and oil. I'm using my watercolor course to work on a book I'm illustrating, my oil course for a show I'm working on for next year, and I just love ceramics... :)
My favorite holiday is coming up!!  I'm starting my frantic planning for decorating my carport! I can't wait! How will I find time to do all my Halloween activities with less time than normal??? I'll make do.
So all is okay in my world. I'm severely busy, but happy!


Monday, August 12, 2013

Practice Makes Perfect

I don't do enough digital drawing/ painting. So I'll try to do at least one a week. :) I'll test out both Photoshop and Corel Painter to see which one I like most. This one was with Photoshop.


Sunday, August 11, 2013

IF: Fresh

Why do witches always get described as slimy and nasty??
I'm sure some of them love the freshness of a morning shower.

Friday, July 12, 2013

IF: Travel

My family didn't have enough money to travel much, 
but almost every year we would have a small 3-4 day vacation by camping on the beach. 
We would drive 8 hours to the beach and my brother and I would 
sleep in the back seat until we got there. (We always left in the early morning hours.)
Those little vacations stand out in my mind as some of the best moments of my life.
Now I get to recreate those moments with my own children and 
bring them to the same beach I had so much fun at as a child!

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Self Publishing!!!

  So while trying to find an agent and sending my portfolio to publishers, I have submitted an old story I wrote and illustrated to be self published on Amazon! I'm excited and nervous and I suddenly wish I would have redone all the illustrations! They are years old, but I love the story. I'll upload a link once it's available! So far it has passed the review stage and is in the publishing stage! It should be available within 12 hours!! Wish me luck!!!

Here's the cover:

EDIT!!! :  The book is live!! Here's the LINK

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Tom Peyton Arts Festival

Got into the Tom Peyton show in Alexandria for this photograph and my watercolor if Bella!

Monday, March 11, 2013

IF: Yesterday

Many yesterdays ago, in a place far, far away (...Iowa.), I was a young girl who use to catch frogs and hide them in my mother's plants. Most of them died.

Monday, March 4, 2013

IF: Talent

North Elementary Talent Show


Why, oh why, did I use that pen?!!!  I may redo this with waterproof ink. :)

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

IF: Whisper


While Mrs. Fisher was out of the room, Andrea whispered gossip into Michelle's ear.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

IF: Wool

Dolly slept under the hot sun and left her woolly, curly hairs in the grass.

Graduate Student Bliss

I'm a graduate student now. :) And I feel GREAT! Besides having to miss class and take care of my sick babies, I'm all Miss. Positivity this morning! I am so pumped about working on my portfolio and sending it to publishers/ agents that I have filled my To Do list with all sorts of painting projects. Am I spreading myself too thin? Probably. But having these goals keep me focused and being focused keeps me working.

I'm finished up a book for a sweet lady and starting on the cover soon! I can't wait to post images, but I have to wait until it's published! Just know that it's loose and colorful!

Valentine's Days was low key and wonderful! The Art Department at NSU had a back porch shindig and everyone had to bring a home-made Valentines Day card to get a free hot dog. I wanted to keep mine, but the girl who got it was so happy, I couldn't help but say goodbye to it! Here's a look before the faux lace heart was glued to the back:
I'm a big fan of Tardar, AKA Grumpy Cat.

I entered the Photographer's Forum contest for Highschool and College! And I was a finalist! I got Honorary Mention. :) Here's the image that got in:
This is my daughter, Belladonna, with static in her hair from the trampoline.

I also got into the Argus Literary Magazine! Here were my submissions:

2nd Place - Fine Art
1st Place - Photography

 3rd Place - Photography

I've also submitted to the Tom Peyton show in Alexandria! Waiting to hear from them in March! I need to look up more children's illustration contests! If you know of any, let me know!!

I have a commission to paint a wedding portrait, I'm doing caricatures for a wedding and a birthday party in March, and I have Art Along the Bricks downtown to set up for!!!! WORK WORK WORK!

 
 


Wednesday, February 6, 2013

IF: Wheel

Hey look! That's me!!
I will be purchasing a pottery wheel soon!!! 

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Thursday, January 24, 2013

New sketchbook and book work

So I've come across these little, floppy moleskin sketchbooks... :) and I'm working more with pen nibs for some added character. BUT I have also been working on lining with darker watercolor! ANNNDDDD, I've been working with digital painting! All these new things going on!! I'm trying to keep myself from always using watercolor and ink together since it is so common for illustrators .