Thanksgiving Preparations

We are only having four of us around the table for our Thanksgiving celebration so I thought it would be fun to try creating a lovely set of place cards to help decorate and personalize our tablescape.

I created a set of wreath greeting cards a few years ago as an experiment. Illustrating wreaths always seems to be a trendy thing so I wanted to try it.

I love how they turned out so I used them as inspiration to create matching place cards.

I’m so happy with these lovely additions to our place settings! I’m so excited that I’m going to try this again for Christmas and maybe even New Year’s Eve – check back to see how those turn out.

I think it would be so fun to sell custom name tags like this as a little side gig. Would you order a set for your family gathering?

If you celebrate Thanksgiving, cheers and enjoy your time with family, good food and a little break from work.

Roxy’s Forest Illustrated Map

Since I love to read and illustrate maps, I knew immediately wanted to do a map for the end pages of my first picture book.

Each book comes with an art print insert of the illustrated map of Roxy’s forest adventures.

I always start my illustrations with a thumbnail sketch and then a pencil drawing, which is actually my favorite part of the process. I just really love to draw! My concept was to draw the map from left to right as the story takes place, traveling across the spread.

The next step is to transfer the drawing to watercolor paper and paint it, which is my next favorite thing to do.

Each of the books in this Daisy Books series will have an illustrated map printed on the end pages showing the location of the story’s adventures. I’m excited to see the future books and future maps all together on a bookshelf!

Book Release Party

We had our book release party over the weekend with family and close friends to celebrate the release of our first picture book, Roxy the Fox!

It was fun to share our story with everyone and to release Roxy the Fox’s story into the world!

Click here to learn more and click here to buy your own copy!

Meet Roxy the Fox

It’s here! My first illustrated children’s picture book is here!

My author partner Deb Glenn and I are so excited to share our first book – Roxy the Fox, about a red fox with a beautiful coat of fur and the fluffiest tail! Join us as Roxy gets into misadventures on her travels through the forest.

The end pages feature a fun illustrated map of Roxy’s forest where her adventures and mishaps takes place, which will be a consistent highlight in each of the forthcoming books in our series.

Click here to learn more and click here to buy your own copy!

Earth Day Art

I recently painted these thumbnail illustrations with Earth Day in mind. This is the 51st anniversary!

The themes for my inspiration were protect (forests and oceans), energy (water and solar), biodiversity (butterflies), reduce and reuse (green), voice (water, which is one of my favorite things in life) and the Planet Earth. I think these designs would make fun stickers!

Last year I illustrated this page in my sketchbook, which could be a fun t-shirt design.

A few years ago I designed an infographic poster to show the migration of monarch butterflies in an effort to educate and create awareness about the fragility of butterflies.

I would love to create more Earth Day-themed art for my portfolio. And I’m always looking for more ways to be sustainable and environmentally friendly. How do you recognize and celebrate Earth Day?

From My Illustration Library: Under the Sea

I am participating in an art challenge where the theme is “Under the Sea.” I found a lot of illustrations in my sketchbooks with this theme that I wanted to share in one place.

I called this series of tiny art Beach Life, which isn’t under the sea but close enough to add to my list of favorite ocean-related illustrations from my library.

Start Your Art Summit Sketchbooks

In September, I participated in an online summit called Start Your Art, a summit full of art lectures, videos, demonstrations and inspirations to help restart an art practice. As promised, it provided lots of empowerment, inspiration, ways to overcome fear and connect with yourself.

I watched each of the sessions and did the creative exercise on the same day they were released because I knew if I got behind, I would have trouble catching up.

I adore sketchbook art so I completed almost all of the daily demos and challenges in two sketchbooks. Here’s what I got out of most of the sessions, with only a few incomplete (ideas still brewing).

So fun to have all of these ideas captured in my sketchbooks! I’m excited to finish some of the pages that are blank, and to flush out some of these characters and vignettes and scenes into something more. This summit definitely restarted my personal art practice!

Flashback Friday – Inktober for October

I love looking back through my own sketchbooks and illustrations for inspiration for new ideas to draw and illustrate. Here’s one of my favorite illustrations, a daily doodle for the month of October which was part of a year-long daily doodle challenge I did.

I really loved this challenge and hope to make time to do this again!