Sunday, December 21, 2008

Xmas Card

Here is the 2008 Christmas Card. I used the Mildred character and her brother and sister,(Floyd and Gladys) to trim a tree. It printed on the cards a little darker than I'd have liked, but all in all it was successful.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Pumpkin Girl

This is an illustration I completed recently
for a poem I wrote about a pumpkin that is much smaller
than the rest in the patch and therefore, not scary
enough for Halloween. I'm going to send this
out to a few magazines and try for publication.
I'll let you all know what happens.

sculpy pins

I have been wanting to create some small pins using
Sculpy for a long time. Somehow I got around to it this
week. These are my first attempts, but I'm fairly
happy with them. I am constantly amazed that there is
always something new to find out when making things.
Even though these seem simple, there are a lot of
considerations to make them work. Is the clay too
thin or too thick, what color combinations work, what
tools do you use to make the effects you want to achieve.
Well, I had fun making them anyway.

Monday, November 24, 2008

The Spiral Notebook

These are sketches from my "Spiralscapes & Mindforms" notebook.
Although the title is a bit pretentious, I think it fits.These sketches are
inspired by a friend who makes fiber art paintings
in the style of the Huichol Indians. I asked her if she would make a painting
for me in the shape of a spiral and she suggested that I make some sketches.
Well, here they are.
I don't know where they may lead, but I'm enjoying the act of
creating them. These sketches are not really part of my illustration
work, but I feel they are important nonetheless.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

The Making of "Mildred"

For those of you that don't know, I've been working on a children's
book called "Mildred's Mistake". These are the finishes for that
book. This is my first experience writing a children's book and it's

taken quite a while to get to this point.
The first finished panels for "Mildred" were done in watercolor and
pen and ink, but they were a bit too pastel in feel. I've darkened them
up to give more of a feel of mystery that I think fits the story better.
I also changed the medium to acrylic and used a larger canvas
which really freed up my brushstokes.
"Mildred" is now out in the world and being sent to publisher's. I'll
keep you posted on what happens and new projects.