I 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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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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Here is my latest stock illustration for iStockphoto. I realized lately that business illustrations are in high demand and silhouettes are always popular. Most other illustrators leave the silhouette as one big black blob, and that looks nice, but I like putting the white shirt and tie on my businessman. I feel like it adds that little something extra to make the illustration look classy and versatile. This is the first time that I have submitted anything with a gradient to iStockphoto. I was a little nervous to do it and I exported the file about 1000 times until was satisfied that it wouldn’t splice (break into pieces) when opened.
I included both an Adobe Illustrator file and a CorelDraw file in a zip folder just in case there are Corel users out there. Corel usually splices gradients, no matter how you import them, so I wanted to make sure that I wasn’t cutting off any designers at the knees. If you have any spectacular ideas or specific projects in mind, please send them my way!
Check it out! Two of my vector illustrations ended up on an iStockphoto advertisement on the popular “Team Twilight” blog.
I have been completely swamped over here for the past couple of months. I must apologize for not posting anything, but I guess that is the consequence of having a full schedule.
Just to let you know what is going on in my little art world right now –
I spent the entire month of November writing books. I participated in the insane National Novel Writing Month challenge to write a 50,000 word novel in a month. I finished my novel at 60,002 words, and then wrote a second book for young readers that was 5,010 words. December has been filled with lots of craft shows, chocolate making, and Christmas shopping.
Now that my Christmas shopping is mostly taken care of, I have started working on a project that I am super excited about. I am creating illustrations for an author of a children’s book app for the iPhone and iPad. It is going to be so much fun! I will post some of my drawings as I go along.
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!
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Here is my latest stock illustration. I had the idea of doing a cloud computing illustration that was a little more fun than just computers plugged into the cloud. Cloud computing is huge right now, and a lot of people are making (or think they can make) a lot of money with it. So I drew up this business man standing with his arms raised up in a shower of dollar signs.
Of course, this illustration is not just for cloud computing. It could represent any lucrative or successful business practice.