Licensed Art: For the Love of Chocolate

My first licensed art collection of illustrations with Nancy’s Notions and Amazing Designs was released recently. It’s called For the Love of Chocolate, and includes 29 designs centered around a chocolate theme.

Chocolate embroidery packaging

Chocolate embroidery packaging back

The illustrations are digitized into embroidery designs that are put onto a CD for you to load into your computer. You can adjust the size and colors of the design before saving and uploading to your embroidery machine. These designs are intended to be stitched onto kitchen accessories, sweatshirts, totes and more. How fun to have kitchen towels or table linens with cheeky chocolate sayings and designs!
Chocolate embroidery designs cover

Chocolate embroidery designs back

I first met my rep at my portfolio show last December, and then connected with her earlier this year to work on this collection. She provided the concepts and I sketched out ideas in my sketchbook before going digital. Here are a couple scans from my sketchbook. During the digital process, I ended up adding a lot more details, highlights and shading.

cake and hot chocolate sketches

brownie and strawberries sketches

The collection is full of chocolate truffles, cake, hot chocolate drinks, cookies, cupcakes, donuts, chocolate-covered strawberries, and ice cream treats. It’s amazing that I didn’t gain 10 pounds while illustrating all those decadent goodies! Here are a few examples of some of my favorites from the collection:

chocolate is cheaper designChocolate design life is short

I finished two more collections in the past couple months that are currently being digitized to embroidery designs for the Christmas season. They should be ready for release in September and October, so stay tuned for an update.

Now I’m working on illustrating my fourth collection which has a winter theme. It can be tough to focus on doing Christmas and winter themes in July, but I really love the illustration work no matter what the subject matter is, so I can’t complain.



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