Happy Valentines Day!

Valentines Main

Oh yes, the week for lovers has finally arrived. I wanted to shout a Happy Love Day to all of you love­birds out there! My hus­band and I have been mar­ried for 19 years this sum­mer and although we are super excited to cel­e­brate Valentine’s Day, we cel­e­brate in a less tra­di­tional way.

I am not much of a girly-girl and I know that they hike up the price of flow­ers to like 3x the price dur­ing Valentine’s week so I have out­lawed the pur­chase of flow­ers for V-day. I am also a bit on the plump side so I pre­fer not to get a box of candy that will go right to my hips.

Valentines Full

Instead, we choose a restau­rant that we have never been to and order any­thing we want. We do lunch instead of din­ner and cel­e­brate on a day other than the day OF Valentine’s Day.  It doesn’t feel very roman­tic to wait an hour for a table and then sit in a loud restau­rant, packed in like sar­dines, while feel­ing sorry for the waiter/waitress who is bom­barded with other guests. My hubby takes a day off that is near the actual day and we enjoy a beau­ti­ful, quiet, roman­tic lunch. On the ACTUAL day, we gen­er­ally stay in and let the other lover’s take over the town.

Valentines Close Up

Valentines Close Up

Hope you have a won­der­ful day filled with love and joy. Even if you are with­out a part­ner this Valentine’s Day, spend it with a friend or fam­ily. It is always a joy to be with any­one you love!

What do you do for Valentine’s Day? Do you enjoy get­ting flow­ers or candy? Do you go out to eat? Would love to hear what your idea of a roman­tic night would be!


Out of Season


As an artist, you often find your­self work­ing out of sea­son. I was work­ing on my hol­i­day designs back in Octo­ber and believe it or not, I was actu­ally run­ning late! It is stan­dard for art & licens­ing buy­ers to look for designs months ahead of sched­ule, even a year if they are large com­pa­nies. It makes sense, as what­ever prod­uct they intend to use the art­work for, has to be designed and man­u­fac­tured before it can hit the shelves.

If I am work­ing for myself, I gen­er­ally just design what­ever is inspir­ing me at the time. If I am work­ing for a call out or buyer, then it is usu­ally an assigned theme or brief. I can go either way, although Christ­mas seems to be a sea­son where you have to cre­ate a TON of work around that theme and quite frankly, I get a lit­tle burnt out.

With that said, I am grate­ful to be passed my hol­i­day work. I am cur­rently work­ing on a sum­mer camp set that has been very fun and I just fin­ished up a jun­gle theme col­lec­tion as well. I haven’t fin­ished the pat­terns for this col­lec­tion yet, but I just fin­ished up my place­ment prints so I thought I would give a quick share. These are going to my agent, so I can’t share the full lay­outs, but I wanted you to know that I am work­ing and to give a quick sneak peek of my new characters!


Do you enjoy work­ing out of sea­son? Is it more dif­fi­cult to get into the mood?  Let me know what you think…



Happy Halloween



Sorry for the last post, was caught up with Thanks­giv­ing work this morn­ing! Funny how artists always have to work so far ahead. I hope you all have big spooky Hal­loween plans for tonight or the week­end. I am not sure what I will be doing, but I will prob­a­bly stay in. The cra­zies come out at Halloween!


I didn’t get the chance to work on Hal­loween designs this year so I am shar­ing Frank, who I drew for last Hal­loween. The rule still applies!


Check back next week for some new work and a new post about brand­ing. I have had quite a few ques­tions about brand­ing and I ran across a fab­u­lous arti­cle to share as well.

Happy Hal­loween!


Robots: Step 3 and 4


Last week I shared the first two steps in cre­at­ing my art­work with you, in the post, ROBOTS: STEP 1 and 2. Today I will share the next two steps in my process, where will finally move on to color! Work­ing in black and white for the ear­lier stages of cre­at­ing helps me focus on the design and val­ues, before I get dis­tracted by color. Con­tinue read­ing »

Progress Shots — Suburbia

WIP Suburbia

Today I am work­ing on a pat­tern set that I am enti­tling Sub­ur­bia. Focused on houses, win­dows, doors, cars, neigh­bor­hoods. I am work­ing on the houses today and thought I would share some progress shots again of how I work.  Hope you like see­ing these, my work is pretty bor­ing before it gets fin­ished up!

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Creating an Illustration


It seems like when­ever I talk with other artist’s, one of the first ques­tions they ask is “How do you work?”  Most of the artist’s that I know start out with sketches, but I have to be hon­est, I don’t do a lot of sketch­ing. Sketch­ing wasn’t a require­ment for our projects in art school, so I never got into the habit of cre­at­ing them.
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