Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Hickory Dickory Dock

I've been thinking about doing a series of book cover designs with a nursery rhyme/fairy tales theme. Put them all together and it would make a neat portfolio. Check out other Hickory Dickory Dock illos over at the Illustration for Kids Blog.

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Chicken Collection , part 1 of many

Yes, I have a sickness, maybe its the chicken flu? I finally got around to taking some pictures of my chicken collection. This is only a small part of it, unfortunately. Haha! Many are given to me by friends and family.

There are many more chicken things. More soon. In the meanwhile, did you know a Chicken Boy exists!? Check out his collection!

Sunday, June 24, 2007


I was tagged by Donna Farrell (check out her lovely illustrations!)

Here are the rules:
Each player lists 8 facts/habits about themselves. The rules of the game are posted at the beginning before those facts/habits are listed. At the end of the post, the player then tags 8 people and posts their names, then goes to their blogs and leaves them a comment, letting them know that they have been tagged and asking them to read your blog.

8 Things about me:

1. My favorite cocktail is a Tom Collins. I was also told by a bartender once that it was "an old lady drink."

2. I'm in love with a mathematician.

3. I thought snow came down as mini snowballs, just like in the cartoons. I was surprised to see it not to be so.

4. I've been in the same elevator with Dean Cain.

5. I shook hands with Method Man.

6. I like chickens, but I am not a vegetarian. (Shhh...don't tell the chickens!)

7. I listen to Japanese pop music and I don't understand a word of it.

8. I was bribed with art classes by my mother so I would practice the piano, which I was forced to do. *Side note: I am now an illustrator and I haven't touched the piano since :-)

I tag Kritty, Patrick, Laura, Eren and Maggie. And anyone else who would like to play. I 'd love to get to know more about you.

Mocca Artfest

Some goodies from this weekend:
I went to the Mocca Artfest this weekend and found this book, Confessions of a Process Junkie, illustration techniques for Adobe Illustrator, by Alberto Ruiz. What a find! There are tons of books on Photoshop but a good book on Illustrator is kind of rare (thats not text book-like). Alberto draws alot of sexy women...I probably won't be doing that anytime soon but I can appreciate his style and skills. A great book with easy to digest info and I did pick up a few tips! You can get a copy here. Look, I even got it signed!

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

New art for Promotional postcard

I am about due to send out another promotional postcard. Here is a new piece of art I just finished for it. What do you think? I am trying to keep up a regular schedule with sending stuff to keep my name out goal is to at least send something out three times a year.

Speaking of promotion, I wanted to mention a few blogs that I've been checking out thats helpful:
The Marketing Mix- I've been enjoying the small bites of info and tips there....very easy read and not overwhelming. I've picked up some great ideas there.

Living the Creative Dream- a great inspirational site with everything from creativity to promotion by the super-talented Holli.

Monday, June 18, 2007

From the Renegade Craft Fair

Some really cute stuff I picked up from the Renegade Craft Fair in Brooklyn this past weekend:
I get very overwhelmed by these fairs because I want to buy everything! I ended up just getting this cute print and twill tape from The Small Object.

Here is a close up of the print...too cute:
And I finally got a chance to see in person some of my favorite works from M. Patrizio, My Paper Crane, and Seamripper. I wish I could of stuck around longer so I could of gotten some goodies from them too. Wait till next year....

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Greeting cards

I'm taking a greeting cards class at the School of Visual Arts this summer. When I tell people this, I get alot of "Why do YOU need to take a greeting cards class?" Partly for motivation and inspiration, meeting new people, and simply for me to get out of my studio once in a while. The first assignment was to "create two 5 x7 cards using an icon, exploring different mediums." Ok, I have to admit, I was not thrilled about this assignment. After all, I know how I like to create my illustrations (the computer) and thats that, right? But after a little thought and seeing it as a challenge, it made perfect sense that I started using my left over scraps of fabric to create something.

These cards were made using leftovers- watercolor paper (when I use to paint!), fabric scraps, felt. sobo glue and the sewing machine. They were like mini quilts except I feel they were less constricting....I didn't have a need to sew everything, some pieces were glued when I felt necessary. Anyways, I enjoyed making these very much, so you'll be seeing more of these soon!

Sunday, June 10, 2007

Camera malfunctioning

Its been an exhausting week for me, have you ever slept 10 hours straight?! Lots of social gatherings, including a friend's wedding...also got great news from my rep about a huge project I will be working on.

Crafting news: My camera died today and I can't take any pictures of what I've been working on. Wahh! I didn't know I used my camera this much (especially ever since I started a blog.) I have a canon powershot A70, and after some research online, there has been reports of this camera malfunctioning. Although canon is offering to fix this for free, I decided to shop around for a new camera anyways. Its time for an upgrade! I ended up with the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W55. I should get it in a couple of days. Anyone have good experience with it? It seems to get good reviews online.

Just to add some fun I took the Sesame street personality test. I am Bert! And he's my favorite character too. Woohoo! Let me know what you are!

You Are Bert

Extremely serious and a little eccentric, people find you loveable - even if you don't love them!

You are usually feeling: Logical - you rarely let your emotions rule you

You are famous for: Being smart, a total neat freak, and maybe just a little evil

How you life your life: With passion, even if your odd passions (like bottle caps and pigeons) are baffling to others

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Illustration Friday-Your Paradise

Usually I would draw some sort of chicken palace where chicken takes over the world and that would be my paradise, but I feel like its wise to give the chickens a break and draw something else. Thanks for all that commented on my last week's IF entry- the mouse with his cheese car was a hit! So I think drawing cheese is kinda fun right now and a cheese shop would be a paradise for mice, no?

Over at the Illustration for kids blog, I write a bit more about the process that went into this piece if you are interested. See you there!