Friday, March 28, 2014

New business cards

My new business cards arrived today!

This is only my second business card ever, and it's the first one with an illustration on it, so I really like it!  It makes me want to print more so I can use different illustrations.  I used GotPrint and they did a great job. The instructions and business card template online are very clear and easy to use for designing your own card.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

New Work

Every week I hope that some of the work I've been doing for fun and creativity will fit with the Illustration Friday weekly theme, but lately nothing fits!  And I just keep doing whatever I want, so I haven't had anything to post for IF.  But I want to share what I've been doing!  So here's a collection of ACEOs and sketches that have come off my drawing table in the last few weeks.

"Little Red Heart", ACEO, ink and watercolor

"Blueberry Pie", ACEO, ink and watercolor

"Hello, Rabbit!", ACEO, ink and watercolor

"Marianne Dashwood", ACEO, colored ink

"After the Ball", a romantic sketch

"Moon and Sun", ballpoint drawing

Friday, February 28, 2014

Bunny sketches

While I was having breakfast and coffee this morning I did some quick bunny studies from online photos, and then copied a couple of Ernest Shepard's "Rabbit" drawings from the original Winnie the Pooh books.  I have reinforced my opinion that Mr. Shepard was a genius.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Illustration Friday: "Twisted"

I'm posting a photo of my illustration and not a scan this week.  My scanner is bad I think, but whatever the reason, my scans just don't capture the colors of watercolor properly.  Photos seem to do much better, even when they are taken with a phone as this one was!

This piece is very small at 2.5"x3.5" ACEO (Art Cards Editions and Originals) size.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Illustration Friday: "Exotic"

This is a late post for this week's theme but it took me a while to come up with an idea that I liked!  I've wanted to do some illustrations of world dancers for a while, so here's a quick one of Russian folk dancers, inspired by the 2014 Olympics in Russia.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014


This illustration was almost totally unplanned.  I was working on a commission this morning, and then suddenly I wasn't because I was working on this.

Often I want to say something in an illustration but (as I always complain to my husband) it's not a song or a poem where you can just say what you want to say.  It's an illustration so I have to try to communicate something with a visual image and I think lots of times that I just don't quite get there.

Today was different.  I wanted to communicate what it feels like to want to say something and to have something to say, but also how hard it can be to do that.  And how we must all have creativity and imagination and whatever inside ourselves but are a little reluctant to let anyone else see even though we want to.  Then this drawing started to happen and it was going well!  I didn't even want to bother with sketching so except for the little character, I didn't.  I wanted the whole thing to just be spontaneous.  So here it is.  I hope you like it!

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Illustration Friday: "Disguise"

I was thinking about this week's prompt, "disguise", and watching the State of the Union Address last night.  This is what I drew in my sketchbook.  Does it work for the theme?  I'm not sure really, but there's just something about it that I like.  I left it as a sketch because I like the unfinished quality of it.  And somehow the stuff on the other side of the paper showing through a little seems to work as a vague sort of texture.