Sunday, December 23, 2012

Merry Christmas!

Spreads from The Christmas Crisis!

Signing off now as I'm taking a break to see family and friends...and also to celebrate a certain little girl's first birthday :-)

Merry Christmas!

Monday, December 03, 2012

A Giveaway!

I'm giving away a signed copy of The Great Christmas Crisis over at my Facebook Fan Page. Hop on over there to enter. Good luck and happy holidays!

Sunday, December 02, 2012

Work In Progress on Instagram

I've fallen to the wayside with the blogging! Here are a few work in progresses/screen shots that I've been posting to Instagram.

I'm still alive! I'm just a little bit more active over at my Facebook page and Twitter. With a little one (who is almost 1!!!) I don't have much time for anything extra. I'm keeping busy for sure. 

I'm going to be hosting a giveaway of The Great Christmas Crisis soon, so stay tuned!

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Baby's First Halloween

What a dream come true, I get to dress my baby up as a chicken! The most adorable costume was hand made by her talented Grandma (thanks Carolyn for indulging me on all things chickeny.) Happy Halloween!

Monday, October 08, 2012

Halloween ABCs- finally!!!

I started this Halloween ABCs last year- I never finished it in time but hey- Halloween comes back every year! I have it available as a print over at Society 6 (both vertical and horizontal version.)

It is also my Facebook Page cover right now for the month of October. Please head over and like my page if you are a regular subscriber here. I'm updating more often over there.

I'm excited this Halloween because I get to dress up a certain somebody in a certain animal costume. :-) Grandma is making the costume and I can't wait to see it. Will post pics!

Sunday, October 07, 2012

The Haunted Ghoul Bus is back!

I'm so happy to see that The Haunted Ghoul Bus in which I illustrated is back on the shelves at Barnes and Nobles this year. If you need a Halloween book for your little one, it is a great sturdy book with thick and embossed pages. Check it out (it is at a great price right now at for $5.76!)

Tuesday, October 02, 2012

The Great Christmas Crisis

I'm celebrating the release of a new book today! The Great Christmas Crisis, written by Kim Norman, illustrated by yours truly, is published by Sterling. It is a sequel to The Great Reindeer Rebellion, written by the late Lisa Trumbauer, back in 2009.

A year ago, I was pregnant and on bed rest, working on this book. I had some complications and didn't know if I was going to finish this book on time or have a healthy baby.

Well, this book is obviously completed; my daughter was born, healthy and oddly enough- on Christmas eve. My own little Christmas Crisis in the making. Here she is pointing at the elf from the book:-) I will always look at this book with lots of sentiment.
The Great Christmas Crisis
written by Kim Norman
Illustrated by Jannie Ho
 published by Sterling Kids
Get it on, Amazon, or find it at your local indie bookstore.

I'm hoping to do some fun freebies and giveaways with this book! The holidays will sneak up on us before we know it.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Open Wide!

Something new for the portfolio.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Funny Faces: Monsters and In the Jungle

The next two books in the Funny Faces series are released today! They are Funny Faces: Monsters and Funny Faces: In the Jungle.
 Lucky me, I have in house models!

She likes the elephant!
 Here they are all in a set! I love it when they are all together like that. Check them out here if you like to purchase!

Tuesday, September 04, 2012

Pablove One Another

 I was very honored when Courtney from Bored Inc. asked me a few months ago to participate in this benefit show for The Pablove Foundation. This show is full of cute and proceeds are going to a great cause. Wish I can be there at the opening!

Bored Inc. + Leanna Lin's Wonderland presents

An art benefit curated by Courtney Regli of Bored Inc. for The Pablove Foundation

"fighting childhood cancer with love"

Proceeds from all art sales will go to The Pablove Foundation

(price range $50-200)

OPENING EVENT: September 8, 2012 (6-10pm)

Leanna Lin's Wonderland
5024 Eagle Rock Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90041

My piece for the show, "Kitty Love"

Detail of the print

Check out the amazing group of artists. I'm truly honored to be part of this group. Thanks, Courtney! If you are in the LA area, be sure to check this show out!

Monday, August 20, 2012


Our Beach themed mailer over at Illustration for Kids is hitting publishers this week!

Monday, August 06, 2012

The Great Christmas Crisis

A fun package arrived at my new doorstep with an advance copy of The Great Christmas Crisis, coming this Fall from Sterling Kids, written by Kim Norman, illustrated by yours truly. There will be more fun posts about it, but I can't wait till it comes out October 2nd! Order your advance copy on Amazon, BN, or your local indie bookstore.

Friday, July 27, 2012

Muddle London- Spotted!

I wanted to post this in honor of the Olympics opening day in London!

My friend and talented illustrator Anette Heiberg spotted the book I illustrated, Muddle London at Waterstones in London a few months ago. Thanks Anette! Its nice to have friends around the world looking out for me :-)

As for the move, we are still in transition, staying for a few days in Philly at my parents while we wait for our stuff to arrive in Boston. Hoping to get there by the end of this week. I'm itching to get there so we can get settled. But in the meanwhile, I'm hoping to relax a bit before things get crazy again.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Farewell, Ann Arbor

I have been thinking about this post for quite sometime. All the things I have to mention. Its been 3 years since I left New York City  and moved here to Ann Arbor, Michigan.  I knew our stay here was temporary but it is still very bittersweet now that its finally come to an end. It really did take me this long to adjust to living in the midwest, finding "my people," making connections. To do all that, and then having to pick up and leave, is hard and a little sad.

But this will not be a sad post! Since now I'm looking back at the 3 years and can only see all the wonderful things that I would of never experienced if I still lived in New York. I even wrote a comic about it, called If You Lived Here (you can read it in its entirety here.) I've mostly gotten great feedback from many people who shared the same kind of experience. I am glad I was able to be brutally honest at times and a little self deprecating. BUT I also want to say that it did not represent my entire experience here. It was a snippet and there is so much more to the story.

I've met so many people and they've all genuinely touched me in ways they will probably never know. I can not mention them all, but 2 great art communities I would like to give a shout out to:

The Comic Artists Forum at the AADL- Jerzy Drozd, Sharon Iverson, Jono Balliet, Chad Sell and Denver Brubaker. If I had never shown up at the Comics Fundamentals class 2 summers ago, I wonder how different my stay in Ann Arbor would of been. Through there I've met many many other comic artists. It revived my love for the art form.

And a shout to Blue House Ann Arbor-even though this place no longer exists, thank you for opening it, Siobhan. I got the chance to know alot of fun crafters through there, do craft shows, and to mentor kids.

I will miss having lunch with these two talented illustrators- Fran Mason and Nicole Ray.

And most of all, Ann Arbor will always be a special place in my heart, because of this nugget.

And we are off to...Boston! We will only be there for a year... and then who knows? Thanks for the memories, Ann Arbor. I'm off to my next adventure.

Tuesday, July 03, 2012

Kids Read Comics! July 7 & 8, 2012

poster art by Raina Telgemeier

Its less than a month away before the move to Boston, so I'm glad I will get a chance to participate in this before I leave. I'll have a table at Kids Read Comics! sharing my comics, picture books, and more. It will be at the Ann Arbor District Library this weekend, July 7 & 8, 2012. You can read more about the event here. I'll also be doing some fun stuff:

The World in Vector- A look into Adobe Illustrator 
SATURDAY 7/7- Computer Lab 3:00-4:00pm
SUNDAY - 7/8- Computer Lab 3:00-4:00pm

Quick Draw! with the talented Dani Jones
SATURDAY 7/7 at 826 Michigan (115 East Liberty Street  Ann Arbor, MI 48104) at 11:15-11:45am

Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

New Postcard

Got some new postcards today with one of my favorite personal pieces.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012


Miss Lilia, aka Nuggie, almost 6 months old
I can not believe my little Nugget is almost 6 months old. Its very strange to imagine life without her. Its been a struggle trying to balance work and taking care of her. Time is very limited so I can only take on so many projects, which is very different than what I'm use to. And being a freelancer, its hard to say no. But I know I need to enjoy the time I have with this little Nugget- she is already growing up so fast. Those smiles are finally coming and she has been very generous with them lately!

As if there were not enough changes in my life already- we are moving to Boston next month. My husband will be a visiting professor at Boston College for a year, so we will be back in the east coast! I'm happy about that since we'll be alot closer to family. But I will miss Ann Arbor. Another official post on that later.

So we are packing up right now and looking forward to our next adventure.

Monday, June 11, 2012

High Five Magazine- July issue

I have an illustration in the July issue of High Five magazine. This was one of my last illo jobs before Miss Lilia was born, so I remember this fondly. It gave me a burst of energy to work on this and I think a few weeks later I had her. Life has been different ever since. :-)

Monday, June 04, 2012

Battle at The Society of Illustrators retail shop!

I'm happy to say that my evil robot and super cat pins have a new place of battle- it is at the Society of Illustrators retail shop! I'm pretty excited about it since who knows when I'll get a chance to have my art in their gallery, but I'm glad evil robot and super cat will get to hang out there. They are on their way there now :-)

Friday, June 01, 2012

Fun Facts Puzzle- Under the Sea

I illustrated this puzzle for Silver Dolphin Books-it came out back in April but haven't gotten the chance to blog about it yet. It is a large floor puzzle with an under the sea theme with fun facts in the back of each piece.

Originally I had the colors like this, with a pink/peach ocean floor and yellow sky. I do prefer this version better, but it was changed to a more "realistic" color in the final version below.

You can get this puzzle on Amazon, Silver Dolphin, or your local store. Yay!

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Postcard Printing Giveaway!

Things have been crazy busy here (I always seem to say that with every post, don't I?) But I'm popping up here because PrintRunner asked me if I can host a postcard printing giveaway. Nice to be giving out freebies! I'm always looking to print postcards and online printing companies to try out.

Colors: 4/0 Front Only Printing

Paper: 14 PT. UV Coating on Front,

Rounded Corners: Yes
Proof: None
Ready to Ship In: 4 Business Days

*Giveaway is open to US Residents only, ages 18 years old and above. 


-simply like my Facebook Fan page, Chickengirl Design, and leave a comment here on the blog below. That's it! Please make sure there is a way I can contact you via email. *This giveaway is now closed*

I will pick a winner randomly on May 24, 2012. Thanks to PrintRunner for providing this giveaway, I will get a set of postcards for hosting this. If you like, follow them on Twitter and like them on Facebook. (completely optional.) Good luck everyone!

*Using, the winner is Maggie. Congrats!

Friday, May 04, 2012

MoCCA Art Fest 2012

Last weekend, it was my second year of doing the MoCCA Art Fest in NYC, sharing the table with my great partners-in-crime, Doreen Marts and Becky Munich. We had a great time last year so we decided to do it again! Being in Michigan, it was a great excuse to go back and see friends and family, and also to show off my little Nugget (who is 4 months old now, time is flying by!)

I basicly had the same stuff though, with Super Cat and Evil Robot pins back at it again with another battle. Evil Robot always prevails at MoCCA. Hmm.
 I did bring a couple of copies of Road Work Ahead for sale, and here is a signed copy. Enjoy the book, Griffin!

And of course it was great to see many folks there, including Casey G, Chad Sell, Mike Roll, Pat Lewis, and many others. Until next year!

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

Driver Dan's Story Train

© 2010 Story Train Distribution FZ-LLC

I got a fun opportunity to do art for television! This is art for the show Driver Dan's Story Train, which aired in mid-March on Cbeebies in the UK. It was interesting to work on art that had to consider panning of the camera, live action children interacting with the art, etc. My episode/story was Everyone Likes Bananas.

For those of you in the UK, you can watch the show online here. (*edit- the link no longer works. I will keep this link up in case its available again.) It is being blocked for me to see since I'm in the US. I so wish I can see it! It is suppose to air in the US on PBS Sprouts sometime in the future, so I will have to wait. 

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Funny Faces: Pop-Up Board Books

I'm pleased I finally get a chance to show these off! They are a series of pop-up mask books published by Campbell Books. The spreads are masks with a little pop-up on each one.

Spread from Funny Faces: On the Farm   Modeled by my husband :-)
Spread from Funny Faces: On the Farm
Spread from Funny Faces: Fancy Dress    Modeled by yours truly. Hi there!

Spread from Funny Faces: Fancy Dress

So of course I had alot of fun with these! And seeing the final pop-up in the book was really satisfying. There will be two more books in this series coming in the fall- I can't wait to reveal those.

They are available on Amazon UK!

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Road Work Ahead- School Market Edition

I recently got a copy of Road Work Ahead, Scholastic's school market edition. It makes me nostalgic since I use to work at Scholastic Book Clubs. I use to dream about having my books in the catalogs I use to design. So its a warm and fuzzy feeling to see that red Scholastic label on the cover.

Monday, April 02, 2012

Easter Stickers for Target

This weekend, I found my Easter stickers! This set is sold exclusively at Target, thanks to Peaceable Kingdom Press. I wish it was displayed at a better location, it was hiding in the back of the card section. But of course its always thrilling to find my art at a store, especially at a big one like Target.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Peek Inside-It's Easter Time!

I have a new book for Easter, titled Peek Inside-It's Easter Time! published by Running Press Kids. It is similar in format for the one I did for Halloween by the same author, Megan E. Bryant. It is a story/activity/sticker book all rolled into one.

You can get it on Amazon or your local indie bookstore. Happy Easter!