Tuesday, February 21, 2017

9 Animal Linocuts

The first nine new animal linocuts are done! I do plan to make more since I'm still in the middle of making 100 Animals in my sketchbook and they fit in there well. Here are a couple more linocut blocks:

And here are some early morning printing results:

I originally designed them to be black and white with no color, but I had to try painting and they looked even better with color, so I painted them all!

And here they are all painted. Do you have a favorite?

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Happy Valentine's Day!

It's the first Valentine's Day that my daughter has been in school. So we had a great time making Valentines for everyone in her class. I used to love doing that all through elementary school. I don't remember what they looked like, but I remember spending lots of time on each one! Here is Tessa with her beautifully painted hearts.

And below is my sketchbook page from this morning. You can see more of the 100 Animals on my website. 

The last image is one of my favorites from last year, The Valentine Tree.

As long as there is a leaf growing on the Valentine Tree, there is still love in the world.

Happy Valentine's Day!

Thursday, January 26, 2017

New Linocut Animal Series

I'm going to be the featured artist at the Steamboat Art Museum Gift Shop in March. I wanted to have a new linocut series for the show, and because I'm working on 100 Animals in my sketchbook, animals seemed like the perfect subject.

These are small, 4x6 inches and will be printed in black on white paper with maybe just a few spots of color. But since I'm doing lots of sketchbook work lately, I made some fun prints directly into the book that have colored backgrounds.

Next up are the turtle and the dragonfly! I'm trying to stay away from my usual furry mammals and try out some insects, reptiles, fish, and of course I can't resist making birds. Stay tuned for more!

Saturday, January 21, 2017

This and That

Sorry it's been so long since a post! My lovely iMac died about a month ago and I wasn't able to replace it until a couple days ago. There wasn't anything so pressing that I needed to blog from my phone, which is a little awkward. However, I'm always active on Instagram and Facebook if I vanish from here for a bit, look out for me over there.

I've really been down about the election, crazy awful policy changes, and the division of our country. I did a few things that made me feel better. I wrote a thank you letter to President Obama and Mrs. Obama in December.

My daughter and I made signs and just marched in the Women's March on Steamboat Springs this morning.

 And in the last month I've done lots of crafts.

I made 2 different bird's nests and have a lot of respect for nest builders now- it's not easy!!

Tessa and I made a hat.

And pretty snowflakes.

As a Christmas surprise, I turned Tessa's painting into fabric from Spoonflower, and my mother sewed it into a wonderful twirly skirt!

And I had a couple of treasure hunts.

Some of these older prints were claimed, but there are lots left. Let me know if you want one!

Larger linocuts of mine were hidden in the Bud Werner Memorial Library.

 And one set was even found by a good friend!!

I'm still creating 100 Animals and you can see them all so far on my website, Facebook or Instagram. Here are a couple of favorites from the last month-

I've started a new series of linocuts and I'll share a bit about them in my next post!

Thursday, December 15, 2016

100 Animals

I started a new daily sketchbook project! Well, I'm actually only going to do 5 a week so I have a bit of time still to do other important things. This year I'm creating 100 animals- any media, any style, any animal, anything at all! Here is a link to the page on my website where I'll add the sketchbook pages. I'll be posting them daily on Instagram and Facebook but only occasional updates on my blog. Below are the first seven:

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Our Home

The latest installment of the Our Home picture book dummy was ready for a photo shoot yesterday. It's really exciting to hold a little book in my hands even if it still has a long way to go. And this book has already come a long way! This photo has 5 revisions of Our Home and the most recent one is no longer anything like the first one was.

Our Home is about our beautiful planet and how all of us share this world with the plants and animals  that also live here.

I'll be making finished linocuts of the interior spreads and submitting my book to agents and editors soon. But I'm going to make this book even if it doesn't get published traditionally. I'm so excited to create a finished book after so many sketch dummies!

Above is the completed cover for my latest version. Below I'm going to share some of my favorite finished spreads and drawings from earlier versions of the book. These pieces haven't made it into the new Our Home, but I still like them. They travel back in time to the bottom image from 2011.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Owl and Pussycat Cover

In my previous post I talked about Lilla Rogers' Illustrating Children's Books online class. Our final assignment was to create a cover for our chosen text. So here is my cover for The Owl and The Pussycat by Edward Lear.

I really learned a lot about covers. Everyone talks about how hard they are, but with a few guidelines I feel so much more comfortable. The main points I got are:

1. Make it a simple, clear read of the characters and the text.
2. Feature the main characters on the front interacting in an interesting way.
3. Try to encapsulate the essence of the story for the cover.
4. Hand lettering adds a special touch if you can do it.
5. Try to make it warm and inviting.

That's it! It's not really so complicated. In fact, I when I hear "hard" I think it has to be complicated. But simplifying is really the key for me. And in fact I've already started on the cover for Our Home, the latest version of my picture book dummy. It's a little more complicated that this cover I did above, but hopefully it still has the other main points covered.

Lilla and Zoe Tucker are presenting another of these Children's Book classes in January and here is a competition to win 2 spots in the class! You have to do an illustration which is outlined in the directions that is due Dec. 2. It's a great class and I recommend it!