Friday, August 15, 2014

my baby boy is 1 month old


I delivered a baby boy at 2:16 am on July 14th. He's beautiful and healthy and I couldn't be happier. We named him Felix.

This past month has just revolved around caring for and enjoying my son and it's been absolutely wonderful :)


Monday, May 5, 2014

may update

Things around here have finally started to wind down.

I sent off the finished art for my next picture book, Charlie's Dirt Day by Andrew Larsen, at the end of March. It was a ton of work, even more work than the first book, but it was worth it. I'm pretty happy with the art and and am so excited to see what the designer will do to with the text and the layouts and the cover to bring it all together.

It's slated for release in September.

I also managed to make 4 new prints for the Calgary Expo, which took place about a week ago. As usual, there was a lot of good art, great costumes and really lovely people at the expo. It was nice to see and reconnect with the people we met last year. My table was next to Mike Boldt's once again, in an attempt to create an unofficial children's section. He's an awesome guy and so talented. Check out his work here. The Expo was a lot of fun and my table did well so we've signed up to do it again next year.

My husband and I behind our Calgary Expo table. (Photo by Erin Larson)

I recently completed a few freelance assignments as well, which I'll share in the near future.

The illustration class that I teach at ACAD in the Extended Studies department is starting up this Wednesday. If you'd like to learn about illustration, there's still time to register.

All that aside, I'm now 29 weeks pregnant and we're just starting to prepare our home for the baby.  I'm cleaning out my studio to make room for my husband's desk as we're turning his office into the baby's room. We're going to paint, put together a crib and a change table, paint some book shelves, hang artwork... it's very exciting. I'll share some photos when it's all done.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

march update


After months of silence in this space, I decided that it was time for an update. I've been working on my latest picture book, Charlie's Dirt Day, written by Andrew Larsen, since late last summer and have put all of my energy and time into making it the best that I possibly can.

And it's almost finished.

I've been working on the final art since early December and in a few weeks, all of the spreads will be complete. I'm pretty happy with the way the book is coming together and look forward to sharing some of the process and sketches in the months to come, leading up to the release of the book in September.

Once the book is finished, I have a few other projects awaiting my attention as well. There are wedding invitations, illustrated maps, portraits, and if there's time, some new prints for Calgary Comic Con at the end of April. I'll have a table there again this year.

I'm also expecting a baby boy this summer.

So there's lots of exciting things to look forward to.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

another drawing of dario



Saturday, November 9, 2013

albertaviews magazine


I have an illustration in the November issue of Albertaviews Magazine. The article is a moving personal essay about a man's rehab after suffering a stroke on the operating table. It's an optimistic piece, and also quite humorous. Huge thank you to Art Director, Beate Wichmann.








Thursday, October 31, 2013

happy halloween!



Monday, October 14, 2013

picture book panel, october 17th


You can check out some photos from the opening night of the Alberta Illustration Awards, which I was fortunate to participate in, on RANDM Collective's website, here.

I also wanted to mention that I'm participating in a picture book panel, along with several amazing illustrators, at ACAD in conjunction with that show on Thursday, October 17th from 3:00 to 5:00 in the lecture theatre. It's open to the public so check it out if you have an interest in picture books.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

fall update

Although I still don't have much time for this blog right now, I wanted to pop in for a quick update. I'm still plugging away on my next picture book as well as a few other illustration projects that I'll be sharing in the near future. I'm still working at the spice store and soon I'll be teaching at ACAD again as my extended studies illustration class is starting this week. Last weekend was spent manning a booth at Edmonton's Comic and Entertainment Expo, selling prints and books. I'm also finally harvesting from my garden - lots of tomatoes and squash and cucumbers. I even managed to slip away to Saskatchewan for a week to visit my home town of Zenon Park and my family. It was wonderful. I might have gone a little crazy with photos and filters... see below :)


Really cool public art in Calgary's East Village:


My beloved Saskatchewan:


When I was a child, I was obsessed with the imprint of scissors in a sidewalk in our park so when I was home this last time, I found it to show my husband. I don't know why I like it so much, but I still do.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

the alberta illustration awards


I saw this little article in a magazine - it's for a show that I'm so excited to be participating in. The opening is tomorrow evening at Art Central, downtown Calgary, in the lower level at RandM Collective. Here's the link to the organizer's blog where you can find info about the show as well as some of the amazing participants: http://mikekerr.blogspot.ca/

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

on my desk



Sketchbook Tuesday is going to be set aside for the next little while as I focus on the sketches for my new picture book, Charlie's Dirt Day.