Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Heart Monkey

After seeing all sorts of beautiful art at the Kindling Words conference I just returned from, I decided that it would be fun to play around on the computer.  Here's a little something I sketched out for Valentine's Day.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

More on the icon

So I am close to finishing the art for the app, and the programmer hopes to publish shortly.  Here is a more recent version of the icon.  Apparently Apple reserves the right to round the corners themselves. ??

Monday, January 16, 2012

Who are you?

Working on the story behind this character. 

Thursday, January 12, 2012


When I first started as a freelance illustrator, I had an idea of myself working on one children's book after another in a quiet studio somewhere.  I have worked on many great children's books over the years, but instead of a manageable linear progression of books, my work looks more like a juggling act of several different types of projects at any one time.

On my plate most recently:
This past year I have been working on a science app with a local education engineer/programmer.  This has been an interesting job with lots of little illustrations.  I am currently painting a sun and have painted viruses, dna, and nebulas, among many other things.  Stay tuned for more on that.

I have just finished illustrating an educational reader about two Indonesian villages.

I completed sketches for another reader about tidal pools in Northern California a week ago.

I finally finished layout for a magazine I design, and have just turned it over to the printer.

When I have free time, I work on some of my own ideas for stories.

When working in a creative field, it is important to be flexible and see opportunity in all that you do.  In magazine layout, there is an opportunity to learn more about design.  In educational jobs, there is an opportunity to improve painting skills.  In app creation, there is an opportunity to learn about the subject you research and about technology. 

There's lots for me to learn, and I hope for continued opportunities to learn on the job in the future.