Hi everyone! Fellow illustrator Kristi Valiant (who has an adorable book about dancing penguins coming out later this year; everyone go preorder it) has a very informative blog post on promotional postcards for illustrators (you know, the ones you make and send out to art directors several times a yaer hoping that someone says "YES! I love his/her work and have the perfect project for this art style!") In any case, I wanted to share this post with you, because it is a great resourse for illustrators who are promoting themselves, their artwork, or their upcoming books.
Monday, May 6, 2013
Saturday, May 4, 2013
My agency puts out a quarterly catalog featuring all of the artists in our group, and each catalog has a theme. The second catalog of the year has the theme "Family", and I decided to take a slightly darker view of the subject than would be "typical" for the children's market, but is nonetheless very real for many children.
MB Artists, the amazing artist agency that I belong to, has released a promotional catalog with the theme "Fairy Tales". Each artist contributed a piece of artwork with that theme. There are so many great illustrations!
Saturday, April 20, 2013
Monday, April 8, 2013
It's been a busy spring! I'm excited to be working on several book projects all at once, all for different publishers and age groups. I can't say much about them right now, but am looking forward to sharing some of the artwork with you later in the year. Plus, at least two of the projects will be books that my toddler can enjoy, so I am happy to be working on books that will eventually make their way onto her books shelf. I also have a few new portfolio pieces to share. My friend Missy announced her engagement last month, and she asked me to create an illustration to be printed on the back of the wedding invitation. I was honored to contribute in this way to her special day. She wanted something that would reflect her and the groom's personalities, little inside jokes that pertain to their relationship, and Chicago sites that wedding guests will get to enjoy during the wedding weekend. Here is the finished piece. I am so glad that Missy liked it!
Monday, February 11, 2013
I just finished the artwork for my latest picturebook, commissioned by The Littlest Golfer, and featuring their characters Putter and Sandy. When I was first introduced to The Littlest Golfer via Nicole Weller, who sent my daughter the most adorable set of real toddler golf clubs, I immediately thought, "Wow...those turtles in the logo are so cute! They would make great picture book characters...." I was so excited when the opportunity came about to work with The Littlest Golfer to illustrate their upcoming children's book. I really enjoyed interpreting Putter and Sandy in my own style and bringing them to life. I really wanted to express the fun that the turtles have on the golf course, and to capture the way that young children learn and approach new experiences...with a mixture of some silliness, some mistakes and enthusiam! Here is one of my favorite spreads from the book. I'll post the release date as soon as I know it!