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.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

hair 2



Friday, July 19, 2013

YABS poster and postcard



Back in January, the Young Alberta Book Society (YABS) asked me to illustrate a poster and postcard to promote their annual Taleblazers festival to schools and libraries in the province of Alberta. During the festival, authors and illustrators travel around doing presentations for students of all ages.

While brainstorming ideas for the poster and postcard, I was focussing on the purpose of having an author or illustrator speak to a group of students. I think it's about getting kids excited about books and writing and drawing. Making them feel inspired and like they can do it too.  That's what my solution is about.