Friday, June 4, 2010

Illustration Friday: Trail

Oh my poor neglected blog...I have not been posting at all the past month!

Here is an illo I did last week. Thought it would be good for this week's IF. I was thinking of what to draw and thought of my red scooter i had as a kid. It was that or a pogo stick (remember those??). Maybe that would've been more interesting. Perhaps for my next illo.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Illustration Friday: Fearless

Just a quick doodle for IF.
Fearless or oblivious?

Sunday, May 9, 2010

T shirt graphics

Been working on some t shirt graphics for an apparel project. The theme is peace/love/music in case it is not obvious. :)

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Update 3

I've been feeling so overwhelmed lately. Building a portfolio, researching, promoting, and working on projects is ALOT to do. I feel like I don't have enough time to do all of it, and no matter how much I work, I feel like it's not enough. Info on the internet is endless. There is so much out there, a day of researching goes so fast. It's been a real challenge to balance all the different things to do. I think it will get better once the ball gets rolling.

I started getting some response cards back from the mailers I sent out to magazines last month. I included a postcard in the packs with responses that the art director can check off, like if my work had been filed or if it wasn't a good fit. One postcard reply was that my work was "too young". It's a bit disappointing, but at least I know how I can expand my portfolio to work with that magazine.

I'm continuing to grow my list of mailers to send out. I've been spending a lot of time at the book store looking through children's books. I had no idea there were so many publishers. Another way I've been finding them is to browse on book websites like barnes and noble. They have the publishers info in the book description, so that has been helpful in finding new publishers as well. Some of the other helpful informational and free promotional sites I found were jacketflap, coroflot, For portfolio sites that require payment, I've been considering which ones I want to post on. Currently and are at the top of my list. I think I will save those for later, after my mailing list has been exhausted.

I'm also considering an agent for children's illustrations and for print design. Not really sure how to go about this one. Do artists use one agent for both fields?? It looks like this will require more researching...I would love to hear your thoughts or any advices!

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Illustration Friday: Detective

Oh no!! Who would do such a thing? Needs some detective work to find the real culprit.

Thank you everyone for your comments! :)

Friday, April 16, 2010

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Just a quick update

I've been back in LA this past week, which hasn't left me too much time for personal work. I feel like I haven't made too much progress this month! I did get my websites up and manage to send out some sample packets to Magazine publishers. I sent out around 10, but that doesn't seem like nearly enough. I will have to continue to build a list. Hopefully I will hear back from at least one of them! One thing I haven't been doing lately is working on new illustrations. I'm really kicking myself for slacking.

It was raining here a couple days ago. Here is a quick drawing of spring rain. I think I will color this digitally...

Monday, April 5, 2010

Recipe Illustration

Decided to join in on the they draw and cook project. They have some great work up, check them out. Here is of my favorite recipes!

Friday, April 2, 2010

Websites are up!!

Finally got my websites up. I decided to keep my children's illustrations and my design portfolio separate for now. They're so different that it just didn't look cohesive together. They still need a bit of tweaking here and there, but I wanted to get them up and running! I will make changes as I go.

Here is my design website

and my illustration site

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Illustration Friday: Rescue

Animals to the rescue!!

Oops, I accidentally posted as watercolor on IF, but it's so not! It's digital...

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Illustration Friday: Expired

Hmph. Seems the cold medicine has expired.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Children's illustrator?? The adventure begins

In attempt to organize my crazy thoughts and bring some sort of focus to my scatter brained methods, I've decided to keep a journal to document my steps and progress starting out in the children's book industry. I never write much on my blog (I love pictures), but I really felt the need to put my thoughts in real words for once. Three reasons: First to plan out my steps, second, as a commitment to not jump ship when things are not progressing, and third, to get some feedback from fellow artists. I've always loved creating fun, whimsical illustrations for kids. My background is in illustration, but my whole career so far has been doing design work (very commercial stuff) for entertainment companies, particularly in the children's consumer product/toy industry. Yes, I got to create tons of cute and fun stuff, but I really missed the storytelling aspect of book illustrations. Last year, I quit my stable, lucrative job to get married and move to Toronto, where I'm pursuing a full time freelance career. I've never been a 9 to 5 type of girl, and always wanted to be my own boss, so this was a good change. It was the perfect opportunity for me to pursue my passion.

The past year has been crazy! After getting married, moving to another country, contemplating on taking a couple full time job offers (nope! not for this girl!), several design projects, traveling back and forth from LA to TO, helping my husband kick off his new business (branding his company and products), I feel like I haven't spent much time on growing (or starting for that matter) my own business. I've been sporadically building my portfolio through IF and personal projects, but haven't done much more than that. From here on out, I am dedicating my time to being a children's illustrator.

SO, where the heck do I start?? I remember taking classes in college on building your business and how to self promote, but I haven't really done any of it. I don't even have a website! (*Gasp* I know, I know!) I started doing some research and looking up current artists in the industry. There is an overload of info and advice out there. I mean, yes most of them are very informative, but there's just so much of it. How to start, agent or no agent, getting published, ads, fees, contracts, on and on...So, I'm in the process of sorting through it all. Is anyone on the same boat??

I've also found many helpful blogs from other successful artists that have gone through this process. Reading their postings have been a tremendous help in motivating me and pointing me in the right direction. I've also just picked up CWIM. My next action items are to make a website, build a mailing list, send out some promos, join SCBWI, and of course, keep creating. Am I missing anything? I welcome any tips! I'll keep posting my progress. Wish me luck!

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Illustration Friday: Subterranean

Fishing, subterranean style.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Finally colored!

Finally got to color the old IF illo. Decided to go digital with this one.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Illustration Friday: Perspective

Girls and boys have such different perspectives on things. I guess that doesn't change even after we grow up. :)

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Illustration Friday: Propagate

Here is a ink drawing so far. I don't think I'll have time to get to color until the weekend, so I thought I would just post what I had!

Sunday, February 21, 2010

New illo

Beautiful Sunday morning and I am feeling lazy. Working on a new illo...not quite done yet. I'm thinking of throwing in some more colors to fill in. We'll see how it goes!! Now...gotta get on the IF illo. :)

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Spring bloom

New illo of flowers blooming. Print is available on etsy!

Friday, February 12, 2010

Illustration Friday: Adrift

Air Balloon adrift in the sky.
I finished this illo several days ago, but thought it fit in very well with this week's theme.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Birdies in a tree

Another new illustration! This one is for sale at my etsy store

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Animal pyramid

Here is another watercolor illustration. The turtle is sure doing alot of work!! :)

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Illustration Friday: Focus

Whittle gets super focused before she pounces on the helpless ball of yarn.