Sunday, September 25, 2011

It's Autumn!

Hurray! It is officially autumn, and to celebrate I made an autumn postcard!

For those who enjoy autumn as I do, hopefully you can relate to taking a walk in the crisp autumn air as the wind blows the beautifully vibrant leaves. All of the warm colors, scarves, and hats perfectly compliment the chilly air so that you feel alive but still warm and cozy- the perfect combination. This is possibly my favorite season and I hope to share my love of it with all of you!

This is also done completely in Photoshop CS4 with my lovely tablet.
A re-visited project should be posted soon, however my dance classes start this week so my illustration time might be slightly more limited. Until then......

Happy Autumn!!!

Friday, September 23, 2011

Rooster's Adventure on Amazon!

Rooster's Adventure is officially available for purchase on under the books section!

If you enjoy this book and wish to support me or my art, please spread the word!

Despite being out of work with the other children's book illustrations, I have managed to keep myself busy with my autumn postcard, which is still a work in progress, as well as re-doing a piece I found from four years ago, which I will post soon! Currently I am still tweaking the line art.

How I have found time to wrap myself in art while I have my teaching job, my other job, babysitting, and dancing, I am not sure...but I am happy that I have! I hope it does not disappear when my dance classes start three times a week.

Until next time!!

Monday, September 19, 2011

Book Updates!

I have both good and bad news...I will get the bad new over with first.

The illustration project for the new children's book is being postponed, so it is up to me to do my own art. However, that shouldn't be too difficult, especially with holiday card season fast approaching!

And now for the good news! My first children's book, Rooster's Adventure, should be available to purchase through Amazon and CreateSpace eStore within the next two weeks! Currently it is also available on

However, Amazon/CreateSpace frankly does a better job with the printing and quality. It is also available to a much wider audience- most people know about Amazon, whereas few people are aware of So if you know anyone who you think would enjoy this book, please spread the word! If things go well with this book, I intend to publish my second children's book, Puppy's Problem, also through Amazon/CreateSpace.

Lastly, I am inspired so much by fall that I hope to do another autumnal card, possibly evolving into a series of cards. I will also start brainstorming for my winter cards, both of which will be for sale should anyone want to buy a print.

Best wishes to all of you! And thanks for reading!

'Till next time!

Saturday, August 27, 2011


After a long break I finally felt the strong urge to draw pull me back to my computer, where hours flew past without my even noticing. It was amazing, and felt so good to illustrate simply because I wanted to again. This is the product of locking myself in my room for hours on end when I have the desire to just keep working on art. It is an original character of mine that I have not drawn in a few years. Done completely in Photoshop CS4 with a tablet.

Whenever I illustrate my original characters they tend to come out in a much more detailed, cell-shaded style that strays quite far from my children's book or editorial this time I decided to make an attempt to combine them- depict my character in my children's book style...and I would say it strongly resembles it, yet there are quite a number of ways that it varies as well. However, I am happy with the result!

And before anyone asks, yes he is a goth. His name is Zairin. He was conjured in my mind during an interesting period in my life, but he really is quite nice at heart. Previously I did not see myself illustrating tween/teen novels, but I could see this in some of those novels I see on the shelves today.

Any thoughts? Please share them! I hope you enjoy this as much as I do!

Until next time!

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Time for an update!

Well, now that school is out job searching has become my full time job. However, in addition to that I have been asked to illustrate a children's book! I have been developing the characters and am now starting to play with fonts for the cover design for my client.

I do not want to give away too much information about the book, as it is not under my copyright, but I will say that it is about a boy who wants a teddy bear and how he goes about getting one. The boy is what I assume will be the main character drawn, along with a few other people and finally the bear. Currently I am still uncertain about whether the finished works will be done digitally or with dip pen and ink with watercolor, but I am working on the sketches digitally.

Below are a few examples of different layouts with three possible fonts for the cover. The three fonts I use are Garmond, Myriad Pro, and Optima. My favorites (Baskerville, Gill Sans, Helvetica, Didot, Cochin, ect.) just didn't work with the illustrations or feel of the book.

I'm sure to some these all look the same, and for that I apologize, but there are differences! I am playing with the size of the text versus the illustration, the type, as well as the placement of the title and author/illustrator names.

Anyway, I just felt like an update was necessary, and thus you have this. Hopefully there will be more soon once we have decided how the text will be dispersed over the 24 pages- then I can begin working on thumbnails for the double page spreads!

Best wishes to all of my followers, and enjoy! Until next time!

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Another Birthday Card!

Well, it's about time I update this!

This is the outside of a birthday card I designed and illustrated for my boyfriend. Happy Birthday!!
And this is the inside design and illustration. For those of you who have seen the emperor Palpatine "Goooood" youtube video, this card was inspired by that. Enjoy!
This was created completely in Adobe Photoshop CS4 with my wonderful tablet. Also, I did design the faux barcode, it most definitely is not a legitimate barcode.

Until next time!

Monday, March 7, 2011

Celtic Goddess Brigit

Well, I have been busy working on my book, images of which will be posted soon, and finals!
In the mean time, this is my interpretation of the pagan Celtic goddess, Brigit. I decided to experiment with textures and new techniques in Adobe Photoshop. Ideally I would like to re-do this in all traditional mediums, but for now this will have to do.

A brief explanation of this beautiful goddess:
Mind you, this is not the Christian interpretation of her, this is the ancient pagan goddess.

Brigit is the daughter of the Dagda, father figure to the celtic gods and goddesses.
She is a triple goddess, representing the circle of life and regeneration through three forms: the maiden, the mother, and the crone. She is often associated with fire and, of course, the life of plants and animals on the earth.


Saturday, February 12, 2011

This is a design for a Valentine's Day card that I sent out, as I am a huge fan of Johnny Depp, especially as Jack Sparrow. It was an overnight assignment so that I could send it out on time. Sketched traditionally, scanned in, then done in Adobe Photoshop CS4.


And Happy Valentine's Day!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Contests, Books, Valentine's Day?

I have been so busy working on my children's book and entering various contests that I forgot to show my blog some love and update it again!

Adobe Achievement Award
If you are eligible you should enter! I am a bit confused about the three "phases" though...

Rolling Stone Cover Opportunity! This was given to our entire Illustration department, the winner could end up doing one of their covers. That would be amazing! So I entered.

I finally have all 16 spreads laid out in comps and made into a miniature dummy book. I also have a huge stack of un-used thumbnail sketches and discarded comp sketches for each spread, but that is not the exciting part. We shall see how many more times I decide to tweak the composition and how closely my "type placement" will fit when actual type is inserted. Artwork will be coming soon!

Valentine's Day:
I feel as though I should do something for the up and coming Single's Awareness Day, more commonly known a Valentine's Day. The trick will be finding time to do this and still complete all of my other work in an attempt to keep my GPA high. No "senior-itice" yet! Hopefully there will be art related to the fun holiday soon as well!

Sunday, January 23, 2011

New Children's Book!

It's time to start back up with art projects! This time I am going to write and illustrate a second children's book about a Husky pup torn between the homey lifestyle of his mom and the lifestyle of his dad who lives wild in the woods. Still in the planning process, but it is coming along!
My apologies for the lack of any art up until now, an unexpected full-time job dropped in my lap over break, and while it was wonderful, it took away most of my time and energy.

More work will be posted soon!