Monthly Archives: November 2011

New promo mailer

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Last summer, I was going to the SCBWI conference in LA, and decided to make a dummy book with the 3 little pigs story. I didn’t like the violent endings for the wolf, so I decided to rewrite it and make it more preschool friendly. It’s a fun new twist with lessons on bullying, sharing & treating folks with respect. (without being preachy) After another round of revisions, it’s back on the drawing board & a new dummy will be finished soon & off to find a home with a publisher. (fingers crossed)  I loved those little piggies so much that I decided to use them in my latest promo postcard.
Now, here’s a little lesson for all my illustrator friends: Check, check & double check your files before sending them to a printer!! My computer is acting weird lately, and when I save a jpg for web, the colors are fine. If I export and save a high res jpg, the colors are faded. So, what do you think happened when I sent my file to print these postcards? Yep, the high res file is less saturated in color. I wasn’t at all happy with it, and asked for a reprint, but  I ended up 1,000 postcards that were not quite what I wanted. Oops. So frustrating. Printing is my least favorite. Hopefully the art directors will love my piggies in any shade of pink.
Web jpg
high res jpg
back of card

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Challenges can be addicting

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I love to try new things . . . well, not exotic foods or learning skydiving or anything like that, I like to try new CRAFTY things. 🙂 You know, those safe, colorful things that normal folks look at and say “Oh, you’re so crafty. I can’t even draw stick people. I could never do that.” Frankly (Mr. Shankly), I think most people have it in them to do way more than they give themselves credit for. You never know what you’re capable until you try.

Recently, I got the hankerin to learn how to crochet. I don’t know why I wanted to learn. It’s not like I don’t have a bazillion other things that need to be done around her. I have material to make valances for my kitchen that I bought last summer. I have photos to put into albums. And don’t get me started on the endless supply of laundry, dusting or dog hair tumbleweed clean up I need to tackle. I wanted to crochet. So sue me. Not only did I want to learn to crochet, but I wanted to make crochet critters! Yep, no potholders or baby blankets for this gal. (Did I mention I love a challenge??)

First I thought I should probably start off slow & make a hat. How hard could that be, right? Here is my first attempt:

I have no idea why it’s so wavy, but if there is a market for crocheted coral, I’m ready.
So, I tried again:

Flatter, but still pretty sloppy. I could stop there and make a coaster. Too ordinary though.
Heck, why don’t I just dive in and make a critter like I wanted to all along?? Don’t I always hear people say “Only have work in your portfolio like the work you’d like to do?” So why am I making a hat? I don’t like to mush down my hair anyways. By golly, I was going to make a monkey!!

One step at a time . . .

A monkey head – not quite as round as the pattern, but I was keeping the faith it would all work out in the end.

Shazaam! Behold the monkey noggin!
Voila! After a week of teaching myself with YouTube videos, reading the directions, and stitching/ripping/re-stitching . . . I created this cute little monkey with his favorite red shorts! We’ve named him Peanut. 🙂 (Mostly because he’s sort of shaped like one – his head’s kinda pointy at the top)
I could have given up several times – especially after that curly hat incident, but I pushed on. Sometimes you just have to take one step at a time and have faith in yourself. Tell yourself this is what I want to do, and I’m going to do whatever it takes to achieve this goal. Peanut is my first monkey, but he won’t be my last. I’ve learned a lot creating him. Each critter I make from here will be made better & will be easier to create.
So, don’t be afraid to try new things. Don’t give up when things are not working out on the first try – be patient. Keep working. You are totally capable of amazing yourself, ya know. Go for it! ^__^

IF: Silent

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Here are a couple little owls I did for the Illustration Friday theme “Silent”. Moms know all too well that when your baby is sleeping, the world must remain silent!

I created this by sketching it with a #2 pencil, scanning it in and then adding color in Illustrator with different transperancy styles. Hoot! Hoot!

Giveaway at Allen Designs

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Have you heard? Michelle Allen is having a giveaway over at her blog, Close 2 my Art. I really, really, really LOVE her artwork. This clock would look fabulous in my studio, so I hope I win. 🙂 However, I thought I’d share the news so you have a chance to win too. She is also picking 3 winners of some fabulous camera straps she created. Check out her site. Lots of very colorful & fun art that I know you’ll love. Good luck!