Monthly Archives: June 2015

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Sketches and Flying Penguins

For the past couple weeks, I’ve been busy with business logistics and planning for the future. While I love the business side of  illustration, I find that it can easily take over my time. Before I know it, two weeks have gone by and I haven’t made a single illustration. So this week, I stopped the planning and started sketching.

After the trip to Bologna, I made the goal to bulk up my website with more samples of children’s book illustration. I’ve decided to do a series of children’s classics with embroidery. The first story will be Goldilocks and the 3 Bears. This is going to be a longer project, as the illustrations will be quite detailed.  However, I’m hoping it will demonstrate the possibilities of embroidery for picture book illustration. From all the research I’ve done, there are not many children’s books with embroidery. As this is a medium very dear to my heart, I want to change this! Below are some beginning sketches for the new series.

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On a different note, I finished a new illustration of a flying penguin today. This is a re-work of a digital illustration I did a couple years ago.  Sometimes it’s fun to re-visit artworks and imagine them in a new way. I’ll be putting prints of this up on my Etsy shop, for those of you interested.

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Airborne- Illustration Friday Post

I’ve submitted one of my older illustrations for this week’s Illustration Friday Blog. The theme is ‘Airborne’.  This is still one of my favourite Mr. Buttonman illustrations. I sold the original in an art exhibition last summer, but have made a new copy for myself which is hanging in our bedroom at this very moment. ButtonmanBalloonWEB

If I imagine a story around this illustration it would be that Mr. Buttonman has decided it’s time for him to travel the world. Button balloon travel is by far the best mode of transportation for a Buttonman, and the great thing about these balloons is they never deflate. He does, on one or two occasions, end up in places he did not plan on visiting, but overall has a grand adventure. The end.

Have a happy weekend, full of blue skies and flighty thoughts 🙂