Friday, March 27, 2009

The Licensing promos are here!

Its driving me nuts that my camera doesn't take very good pictures. But I had to post these because I'm very excited about them. I just got these postcards from the printers to promote my art for licensing.
I had a wonderful meeting last week with my Surtex partners about setting up our booth. Right now we are trying to figure out where are the best places to print vinyl banners. It will be my first time printing up something as large as 3' x 7'...if anyone has tips on that, I would appreciate it. But I guess right now, I need to figure out exactly what art I will put on there!

Friday, March 20, 2009

Work Space

I recently took this pic of my work space for a book I'm contributing to. The picture is only of my desk since I literally don't have a "real" space to work. I've been working in the corner of my living room for over 3 years now. But I'm so happy to announce that I will be getting my own room as my studio (i.e., four walls and a door!) very soon. More on that later.

The count down for my wedding is less than a month away. I'm also working on some designs for Surtex, which its so hard since I can't show everything I've been doing here. But a sneak peek...notice whats on the screen in the pic? Thats a piece for my postcard. I'm waiting for it from the printers...I'll show that here once I get it.

Monday, March 09, 2009

Illustration Friday-Intricate

Hello, Illustration Friday! Oh how I've missed participating. I've been working on a fresh piece that will fit the theme...sort of. This was an expansion to a piece I did a while back here. I could go on and on and expand the town!

I'm planning to use this for next year's Picturebook directory. A good break from all the licensing stuff I've been trying to do.

Friday, March 06, 2009

Surtex Shuffle and card ideas

There were some changes going on over at the Surtex show in which all the booth numbers had been re-assigned. Now we are in booth #552. Luckily, I haven't had any printed materials made yet. The group I am with is Vivid graphics and there are 5 of us. We'll be meeting soon to discuss the displays in our booth. Exciting!

I've been feeling very overwhelmed lately. So much so that I feel like I haven't been very productive with my time and energy. I haven't spent much time working on my licensing portfolio but instead feeling paralyzed and guilty. Last night, I finally stayed up to work on a few pieces:
I've been doing some research on licensing, and there are great resources out there such as the art of licensing yahoo group, Tara Reed's ebook on doing trade shows, and my fellow illustration for kids member Holli Conger documenting her Surtex show planning on her blog.

So far, I've had mixed feelings on licensing...such as doing art work on spec, artwork being kept in a private gallery, etc. which is very different from doing illustration. I am learning alot so far, and we'll see where this journey takes me.

And the Winners are...

The winners of the Chickengirl Design/ giveaway are...

#41 mkdubose, who will receive the 1000 business cards


#44 Karen, who will receive the canvas print!

Thank you to all that dropped by and entered. I wish I could give all of you the prize. It sounds like we can all use some new fresh business cards. In case you were wondering, I decided to use a random number generator to pick my winners. (Its easy and its fair!) Congratulations to the winners! I'll be in contact with you shortly.

Thank you to for sponsoring this giveaway :-)