Blog Header for Book Blog!

Books for KidsI just finished this blog header for my book blog Books for Kids.  I am super happy with the way it turned out.  I actually drew the frog twice.  The first time I drew him, he was cute, but the second time was better!  I really wanted something bright and cheerful for my book blog.  I review kids books, anything from picture books to middle grade novels, so I wanted something that would reflect the content.

I have always had this slightly unhealthy obsession with drawing frogs.  I don’t know why, but I just think they make adorable characters and they should be illustrated as often as possible. I used to catch frogs as a kid.  There was a little stream by my house and there were dozens of penny frogs that lived in the grass by the water.  My friend and I would go down there with a jar and catch them until we had far too many to comfortably fit into one jar, then we’d let them go.

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Lovesick Jester – Raster Illustration

Lovesick Jester

For a royalty free copy of this file (jpg), please CLICK HERE to visit my iStockphoto page.

iStockphoto recently put out an article calling for more raster illustrations.  “Raster” means that the illustration was created using traditional techniques and scanned or photographed.  They can also be created in Photoshop or a similar program that generates pixel based images.  I painted this Lovesick Jester right after my first daughter was born.  I have always liked this illustration, and I thought it was a shame to see it just sitting amongst my watercolor paintings.  It was accepted into the iStock collection yesterday and I am thrilled to see it out and available for purchase.

iStockphoto has a large collection of raster illustrations and paintings.  Depending on your project, a raster image can add to the specific feel that you are looking for.

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Stuffed Zebra Illustration

Stuffed Zebra

For a royalty free copy of this illustration (ai, eps, jpg), please CLICK HERE to visit my iStockphoto page.

Out of my entire collection of stuffed animal illustrations, I think that this one is my favorite. I love the pink, brown, and cream of this image. The zebra turned out just adorable and I can just see it on a kid’s blog or website. My girls love zebras, so this would be perfect for them. If I can find a use for it, I will definitely be using this one.

This illustration also took much longer than the other ones. All those stripes took a long time to clean up and define. But it is still a 15 credit purchase (just like the penguin and the cat).

I love creating stock imagery. There are no deadlines, and I am given complete creative license. The only downside is that there is no guarantee that something will be a success. You are at the mercy of the search engines and a buyer’s taste. I have created lots of files, but only a few become really popular.

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Vector Illustration of Stuffed Cat

Stuffed Cat

For a royalty free copy of this illustration (AI, ESP, and JPG), please CLICK HERE to visit my iStockphoto page.

Here is another stock illustration that I recently added to my iStock portfolio.  My sister-in-law loves cats and is desperately in love with her own feline companion.  My brother would be jealous if she didn’t also love him just as desperately.  I had her (and her kitten) in mind when I created this stuffed cat illustration.  I had a cat that was orange and yellow when I was a little girl and although it was horrible and wild, I loved it.  So I guess I created this illustration for both of us.

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Stuffed Penguin Vector Illustration

Stuffed Penguin

For a royalty free copy of this file (AI, EPS, and JPG), please CLICK HERE to visit my iStockphoto page.

I haven’t added anything to my iStockphoto portfolio for quite a while now and I thought it was time to get back on the horse.  I recently purchased the Adobe Creative Suite and was anxious to try it out.  I really enjoy the expanded effects and tools that are now available to me.  I just love drawing these little stuffed animals, and I needed a baby penguin to add to my collection.  I thought this would be perfect for a website for kids or babies.  It would also be kind of fun for themed birthday cards.  The best thing about vector illustrations is that they can be blown up to any size without getting pixelated.

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A Sneak Peak

Sailing the Seven Sheets

I have been working on this book app for a few months now. I am super excited about how it is working out.  A friend of mine wrote the story and I am illustrating it.  This is the finished cover page.   It was Josh’s idea to use pillows for the navigation buttons.  I thought it was brilliant.

It has been an interesting thing to work on this book app.  Creating the artwork is much more complicated than simply drawing a picture and coloring it.  Every little element has to be on it’s own layer so that the programmer can animate it.  Since I draw all of my artwork by hand first, I have stacks and stacks of tracing paper with individual elements on them.  I then have to scan them all separately and fit them together again once I’ve finished adding all the color. It’s a long process, but it’s fun to see our project come to life.

I am about 1/3 of the way through illustrating the app, and I can’t wait to have the whole thing done and animated!

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Call me weird, but I love fonts.  I just bought this one called Flower from  Isn’t it gorgeous?  I can’t wait to find a use for it.  I just know that it is going to be perfect for a project one of these days.


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