Category Archives: Illustration

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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I Had a Little Rabbit – Part III: A Children’s Story by Clarice Paterson

Here is the other half to my two page spread for “I Had a Little Rabbit” by Clarice Paterson. I was surprised at what a challenge this side was. I had to coordinate the color scheme to match the other half so that the two separate pages would work together when the book is held open. I have had such a great time illustrating this story! I loved coming up with this scenario of the little girl hiding under the covers in her bed with all her rabbits stuffed under the covers in fear of the girl’s mother.

Below is an example of what the book will look like when it is opened up to this page.

I like my many rabbits,
I like them a whole lot.
But I can tell you one thing
My mother, she does not!

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I Had a Little Rabbit – Part II: A Children’s Story by Clarice Paterson

I like my many rabbits
I like them a whole lot.
But I can tell you one thing
My mother, she does not!

Okay, so this is only half of Part II. This is going to be a two page spread and I am only done with one page. The little verse will be for both pages though.

I had so much fun with this illustration! I painted it from the child’s point of view: all her precious rabbits are scattering, trying to run as the big, scary mom swings the door open. One little rabbit cowers in the direct path of the mom. The mom is trying to catch a few because they are overrunning her home.

I really tried to push the color intensity in this one. I’ve noticed that watercolor tends to get washed out looking once it is transfered to a digital file.

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Well, I got back from all my vacationing and am looking forward to getting back to work. These are a couple of vector illustrations I did recently. Even though I don’t have a story to go with either one of them, I felt that they were appropriate for Valentine’s Day.

I will be working on a new two page spread illustration for the story I Had a Little Rabbit, by Clarice Paterson. Check back later to see it! 🙂

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Three Blind Mice

Three blind mice,
Three blind mice
See how they run,
See how they run!

They all ran after
The farmer’s wife
She cut off their tails
With a carving knife
Did you ever see
Such a sight in your life
As three blind mice?

Okay, I made a big fat liar out of myself. I said that the next story would be Part II of “I Had a Little Rabbit”, but I have some more contemplating to do about the book as a whole before I can complete any individual illustrations.

This illustration was a lot of fun. Even though the mice are blind, they still party like rock-stars. In fact, the one mouse doesn’t even look blind – he is pulling his glasses down to get a good look at…well, something. Cheese perhaps?

I will be MIA for a while now during the holidays. I’ll be doing some traveling so I won’t be able to paint any illustrations for a few weeks, but I’ll keep drawing.


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Vector Illustrations

I have been working on the illustration for the story “The Gum” by Deborah Andreasen. I am having quite the time getting it to work though! It is a funny little story that everyone will love. Unfortunately, I have several other large projects that I am working on as well, so it is pretty slow going. Being an illustrator means that you can never give one project your undivided attention. You have to have several things going at once. So here are a couple of things I completed recently. These are vector illustrations that I did using Corel Draw. For those of you who don’t know what vector means, it is an illustration that is done on the computer and can be scaled to any size.

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