Monday, March 28, 2011

my spread in the work/life 2 book


We had guests staying with us this weekend so I didn't get to read very much of the content from the Work/Life book. I have, however, flipped through it quite extensively and am really impressed with some of the illustration work inside. There's a lot of really good illustrators who's work I'd never seen before.

I can't wait to sit down later today with a cup of tea and read through it :)


Saturday, March 26, 2011

my actual piece in the work/life II book:


There was a bit of a mix up and it's actually the above image, Story Time, that was published in Uppercase's Work/Life II and not the Willie Nelson portrait. Just thought I'd clear that up since the book is now available and is being shipped. I received my copy yesterday and will be posting a photo of the spread. The book looks great :)

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

website update

I just finished a big update to my illustration portfolio website - a BIG thank you goes out to my husband who did all the coding.

The look of the site hasn't changed, but I added a bunch of new sections (such as a separate one for my editorial work, and a section for my travel books) and swapped out some older pieces in favor of newer stuff. Check it out:

Sunday, March 20, 2011

my process for the willie nelson portrait

This is what the final art looks like for the Work/Life 2 book:

My sketch:

How I painted it:




Wednesday, March 16, 2011

willie nelson portrait

This is the image that I created for the Work Life 2 book:


Tuesday, March 15, 2011

illustration friday - stir


This is a painting that I started last summer while we were in Sarajevo. It was the last one that I did before we moved and I ended up being a bit rushed to finish it. Since then, every time I've looked at it I've been more and and more unhappy with it. I decided a while ago that I wanted to re-work it and with this week's IF's topic being 'stir', today seemed like the perfect time.

work/life 2 is done!

I'm participating in a book called Work/Life 2 and am so excited that it is now available. The preview pages on the Uppercase website look great. I can't wait to get my copy and see it it person :)

The book launch and reception will be on the First Thursday in April, from 4pm - 8pm, at the Uppercase Gallery in Art Central here in Calgary. Any local people reading this should check it out.

Tomorrow I'll post the illustration that I contributed to the book.

Cover illustration by Alyssa Nassner

Monday, March 14, 2011

some fun mail arrived today

It's the invitation I illustrated for our friends in Switzerland. I'm not sure why it looks so yellow in this photo. It's actually printed on shimmery cream colored paper and looks lovely in person.


Sunday, March 13, 2011

sketchbook activity

Someone once told me:
"If everything in your sketchbook looks good, you're doing it wrong."
I'm trying to keep that in mind as I experiment with media that I'm less familiar with.


Sunday, March 6, 2011

library love / here comes the garbage barge!

I recently got a library card and have been having the best time signing out tons of children's books. I can't believe I've gone without one for so long! There are so many books, especially picture books, that I've read about over the years and wanted to take a look at. I have a pretty decent sized collection myself, but I can't afford to buy every book that I'm curious about. It's been really great to poor through so many fantastic books.

One such book is Here Comes the Garbage Barge! by Jonah Winter. The illustrations are by Red Nose Studio, one of my favorite illustrators, and he did an amazing job on this, his first picture book. Great characters, colors, compositions, hand drawn type...

I was checking out his blog today and saw a really cool video about how he created the images for the book. I love glimpses at other illustrator's process, and I especially enjoy his since it's so drastically different from my own. Check it out here.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Friday, March 4, 2011

work/life 2 video

Check out this video, a preview of the Work/Life 2 Book, on the Uppercase Blog. At 00:15, in the bottom right corner of the screen, that's a photos of me sketching, and the spiral bound sketchbook with the drawing of buildings and the coffee stains is mine too :)

It looks like it's going to be a beautiful book - I can't wait to see it.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011



Although this piece is mostly hand done, there are some digital elements. I'm enjoying the contrast between the digital and the hand drawn. Any thoughts?