Friday, March 25, 2011

Fig & Grape Shake

I recently learned about a great illustrator website called They Draw & Cook (via a favorite blog of mine, Creature Comforts). There's so many great looking illustrated recipes! It's completely addictive to flip through them.

I made this Fig & Grape Shake illustration for their year of the fig contest. I wanted it to look bursting with fresh, pretty fruit. And the turquoise, reds and greens colour pallet is always a favorite of mine.

Fingers crossed!

*UPDATE* Wooo! Just found out I won 3rd place in the fresh fig category!

Friday, March 11, 2011

Midwives Editorial Illustration

I had the pleasure of working with art editor, Carrie Bremner, to create an illustration for Midwives Magazine. You can read the digital version here.

It was fun to illustrate a man for a change! I often illustrate women and children ... and houses. But I'd hate to eliminate men from my portfolio.

This piece is about letting father-to-be sleep over at the hospital, so they wont miss the birth of their night baby.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Original Framed Illustrations

Arctic Synchronized Swim, 17" x 14.5"

Fermina Daza's Sunroom, 19.5" x 14.5"

Gardener, 9" x 12"

I'm really not very good at photographing my framed illustrations. They are all under glass, and I find it very tricky to get a shot without a glare from a light or window. Luckily for me, Jesse is very handy with a camera!

These pieces, as well as a number of prints, are available in my Etsy shop!

Thursday, March 3, 2011

The Bouquet

I made a new illustration! For fun! I really like how it turned out and I have the perfect frame for it. The image gives me the impression of both the monster gathering a bouquet, as well as a sullen girl being possessed.

I tried to describe the illustration to my friend, Shawn, over the phone, (a girl, looking like a rose, sort of embraced or possessed, by a sort of monster .. or wolf ...) and I was trying to figure out a story or fable that it might symbolize ... and he told me is sounds like Twilight.

Also, I've been really enjoying listening to The Hunger Games audio book. It's so good! Another good one is The Help. I rent them from the library, but you can also download them on audible.

*UPDATE* Hanna has just informed me that this piece is much more like Beauty and the Beast! And she's so right, I can't believe I didn't catch that myself.