Hello and happy October! Lots of fun news to catch you up on and goodies to share just in time for Halloween. First off, Bee started our WLTI Free Halloween download kickoff with her adorable kitty boxes. Here's mine, a kind of silly haunted house. Enjoy! You can download it HERE
And now for the news, I was lucky enough to have been invited to the Highlights Foundation in Boyds Mills, PA, to attend an Illustrator's workshop for the weekend. About 25 illustrators were invited to learn more about Hidden Pictures, the history of the company and meet the wonderful staff. What an informative yet exhilarating weekend. Now, two weeks later, it feels like a long lost dream that I did not to wake up from. I love what I do, but there's nothing easy about being a freelance illustrator, and it's clients like these that make it all worth it. Thank you, thank you, thank you Highlights for the best weekend ever!
The Highlights Septemberists :)
my dreamy cabin nestled in the woods
And more news, I'm so happy to see my work is in this months issue of Highlights.
I get to work on a sweet little section for Scholastic each month called "What Should You Do?", and I finally got my hands on a sample to share. I also ran into to a slew of FREE teaching printables while browsing their site, a great resource for all of you parents out there. Enjoy!
Hello there! Oh goodness it's been such a while since I've posted. I have been extremely busy with multiple projects - thank goodness hehe :) Hopefully this freebie will make up for it!
As you know my Illustration group is now considered a Studio. We've starting our first FREE download series, Back To School. Here's my set.
These encouraging sayings are inspired by my fiancé. Occasionally he'll hide sweet little notes around my workspace. I love finding them! They always brighten up my day. Have fun slipping them into your kid's lunch bag, placing them on your co-worker's desk, or hiding them somewhere for your sweetheart to find. You can download them here!
Hello friends! I am extremely excited to announce that my illustration group blog has changed it's name to We Love To Illustrate STUDIO! With this new name, comes a new direction. We will now be posting on a weekly, rather than monthly basis, on our blog and on our NEWFacebook page.To read more about it, please visit our blog.
Here are some encouraging words that captures my feeling about this new direction with my group. I hope it encourages you too. Wishing you a happy and optimistic month!
Today, I am delighted and honored to share Jenipher Lyn's dream project and spread the word about her book, How Being Stubborn Depressed and Unpopular Saved My Life. She is one of my most inspiring and extremely driven friends that I met when I lived in Orlando, which feels like a life time ago. I was going through a really challenging time in my life. My marriage of 10 years was ending and I was afraid to talk to anyone about it. I buried myself in my work which became a vehicle to "not deal" with something that was unfolding right in front of my eyes. I had seen Jenipher around a couple of times at craft shows and we exchanged information. However, because of what I was going through at home, it took a great deal of persistence on her part to finally get out of my house and go on a coffee date - which was exactly what I needed! We instantly became friends and many more coffee and craft dates followed. Her friendship and understanding nature came at a time when I needed it the most. I will always remember my last day in Orlando packing my car or rather stuffing as much as we possibly could in it lol! She was so supportive and eager to want to help me, one of her many unique qualities, that I will forever be grateful for.
My contribution that captures how I feel when writing about the gratitude that I have for Jenipher's friendship. AND, for the doodles that she still surprise texts me with to this day. We both live in New York now which is both ironic and funny how things all worked out.
“How Being Stubborn, Depressed and Unpopular SAVED My Life” offers an honest and encouraging view on topics such as depression and body image. The book explores the many issues that can start in childhood and follow us into adult life. This post is part of the DoodleDream* Blog Party. Learn more — and join us! – by clicking here.
I'm so excited to be sharing this new illustration that I did for American Girl. What a FUN and dreamy client! Thank you so much Paula and the American Girl creative team for the opportunity to work on one of my favorite projects this year :)
Also, I'll be showing some of my new pattern designs at SURTEX this year with the Pink Light Studio group. I'm so honored to be a part of such a talented group. Wishing everyone much luck and success :)
That's about it for now. Hope you have a lovely weekend. Happy happy Mother's Day to all of you moms. And to my mommy, thanks for always being there for me. I love you!
The random number result says that the Jammin' Gym toy prize goes to number 2, Shirley Ng-Benitez! Hooray! Thank you so SO much for participating and for all of the lovely comments. Come back soon, I should have some Easter goodies to share in April.
Hello and happy Monday! I'm so excited to share this Magic Moves Jammin Gym toy that I worked on for Educational Insights. I illustrated the packaging, store display as well as some downloadable instructional exercise posters. I just got a bunch of samples in the mail over the weekend. Yay! Thank you Eric and Educational Insights for the opportunity work on such a cool project! Wishing everyone a great start to their week! xo
Hello and HAPPY March! We're celebrating The Chinese Year of the Horse over at We Love to Illustrate. The year of the horse is said to bring health, prosperity and good luck. Feel free to download my horse image and hang it in your office or home for a little extra luck. Enjoy!
I'm so excited to share the 2014-2015 Monthly Planner, Preschool Edition that I worked on towards the end of 2013 for Positive Promotion. I was first commissioned to work on the Helping Young Minds Grow cover design. Soon after, I was selected to create the art for each month as well as the hand lettering. Thank you Marty for such a FUN project! Please share this with your Preschool teachers, friends and family. Below are some sample interiors. You can browse the rest of the interior pages here!
Hello! Happy New Year and Happy February! I hope you had a wonderful holiday season. It's time for some Valentine's Day treats. The girls from We Love to Illustrate and I created adorable Valentine's Day treat boxes for you to share with loved ones. Here's mine. Enjoy filling it up with goodies! xo
Hi guys, I know I've already shared about my participation with the Owl Lover 2014 Calendar in an earlier post, but I just had to post it again since the holidays are near... I mean here. Yikes! ;) I think this would be such a great Christmas or New Year's gift for friends, family and co-workers. It can be customized by choosing your favorite owl (maybe mine wink wink) from their gallery of artworks. The calendar can be downloaded for free from the My Owl Barn website http://www.myowlbarn.com/p/owl-lover-2014-calendar.html. Enjoy!