One thing that I love to do is enter competitions. I don’t win as often as I enter, but it doesn’t seem to deter me. I created these two greeting card designs for a teen themed competition. The idea was to create an encouraging birthday card for a teen (the star card), and a sweet Valentine’s Day card for a teen (the floating mailbox card). The cards may have been a little too general for the theme, but I did like the way they turned out. One of the great things about competitions is that even if you don’t win, you have another great design to add to your portfolio and pummel potential publishers with.
Has anyone heard of the website They Draw and Cook before? I just stumbled across it and it is super fun! Artists from all over can illustrate and submit recipes to this website. If accepted, the recipe will appear on the site and be available for purchase as prints, mugs, and calendars. They have just published their first cookbook and are working on more. If you have a minute, you might want to check this site out!
These are my latest greeting card designs. They are for Mother’s Day, obviously. I must admit that while I’ve always been more of a dog person, I enjoy the card with the cats a little bit more. It is just so sweet. There is nothing better than hugs from mom, and Mother’s Day is the perfect time to return the hug and let her know just how much you appreciate them.
People always ask me how I get my inspiration. The card with the dog and the slippers is actually almost a true story. Back in the days when we had a dog (we had to give him away when we moved), he loved to chew on things. My slippers were one of his many victims. He chewed them into little tiny bits of foam and fluff then ate them. My idea for this card came from that incident. I thought how considerate it would be for a dog to avoid peeing (or chewing) on your slippers on your special day. It could work for a birthday card too.
Inspiration for the cats was a little more lighting bolt like. I just started thinking about how awesome moms are and the image of two cats with long necks snuggling came into my mind. Maybe it is because cats are so snugly, or maybe there is some sweet memory involving the cats we had when I was growing up. Whatever it is, I love the simple design and the simple message that it sends.