Wednesday, March 25, 2015

IF: Ruckus

Little Tommy Troublemaker loved to create a ruckus!
And drumming on Mom's newly cleaned pots was just that!
Digital - Photoshop

Sunday, March 8, 2015

IF: Path

Geromy wasn't sure which path to choose.
Is destiny worth the difficult terrain or does the brighter path foresee the rewards ahead?

Gouache and ink on 140lb cold press


Monday, March 2, 2015

00 Brush

I bought a 00 Winsor Newton brush (I never use tiny brushes since watercolor brushes already have a nice sharp point...) and some waterproof drawing ink. 
Now I'm in love with ink brush line + gouache.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

IF: Reflection

Mr. Toad had only his reflection to keep him company in his tiny, shiny prison.

Gouache on 140b watercolor paper, cold press

Friday, February 20, 2015

IF: Sleep

Missed Illustration Friday by HOURS! Ah well, here's my "sleep" topic: (A true story)
Belladonna went to sleep on the couch with her favorite blanket and a damp cloth on her forehead.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

IF: Noise

The gypsy could only hear the noise of spirits moaning, calling out for retribution. 

Is it Halloween yet? Let's skip summer and go straight to autumn!

Sunday, February 8, 2015

New Book Sneak Peek

Starting an all digitally painted book about my favorite bunny, Harvey! Here's a sneak peek:

Thursday, February 5, 2015

2015 Hourlies

My first year doing hourlies!! (Though I was a day late.... so this is from 2/2/15)













Saturday, November 8, 2014

IF: Paper

Harvey likes his paper early in the morning
before he brushes his ears and with a cup of carrot tea.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Ebook out!!

Made an adorable lil ebook for little people! :) I really like making these little stories and uploading them to Amazon! I think of them as digital board books....
Click the image to be transferred to Amazon!


Click Here

Monday, August 25, 2014

Printed!!

TRISTAN AND THE WISE LITTLE DRAGON HAS BEEN PRINTED!!!!
*my precioussssss*
Buy it as an ebook here! Or get it as a printed paperback here!


Saturday, August 23, 2014

Sometimes...

...stories fall through. And that's ok. Just keep painting and you'll get that grand story down the road.


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!