Showing posts from March, 2014

Finding space to work and how to make bats look nice?

Challenge: How to find room in my little bitty but cute house to spread out my sketches as I work on my new illustration project- Jamilla Does Not Want A Bat In Her House, for the Baha'i Publishing Trust? I have some space in the office I share with my hubby, and I'm used to drawing on a drawing board on my lap, but in this case I need to spread out now and then, just to see the progression of things! Soooo, I cleared off my beautifully long kitchen counter and yahoo! I have a great space to work on! No problema!

Also another question I've had is to how to illustrate a children's book that includes a bat, without making it look too halloweeny.   So I googled up images of bats and am working on it! How cute is my bat?

Another challenge that I'm imposing on myself is that I want to include borders that utilize cut paper designs as well as silhouettes of bats- since I've had so much fun in the last year doing what I call silhouette designs, inspired by my silhoue…

Working on a new book!


Kickstarter for Babysitter Blues is almost ready. Have a look!

I have written a book for middle readers, produced by One Voice Press, that's been available as an ebook on Now we are just about ready to post our kickstarter Project to raise funds to produced Babysitter Blues in print form.  Please take a look at my kickstarter Project. It's not live yet but we would love your imput! Check it out here!

Silhouettes of Twins and a video of Twin's Day in Twinsburg, Ohio.

Doesn't this dog silhouette look nice in my living room?
                              That's my dulcimer to the left of it. I do still play it once in a while!
                                 I was just looking through my files of silhouettes and I found these.

 These two girls are twins- can you tell? These were a commission I did last year.  New fantasy goal! to attend the Twin's Day Festival in Twinsburg, Ohio and do silhouettes of twins all day!
                 Click here to learn more about Twins Day:
A Video of Twin's Day:

Free Naw-Ruz Card download and a Naw Ruz video!

The Baha'i New Years Day (Naw-Ruz) is coming up on March 21st. Here's another chance to get a free download of my Naw-Ruz card design through my Etsy shop.
For a more in depth background of Naw-Ruz click here:  Below is a video for Naw-Ruz, featuring the music of my friends Marty and Wendy Quinn.

Latest Submission to Illustration Friday!

My latest submission to Illustration Friday- The theme this week is "Spark"! Practicing up my Caricaturing and Cartooning skills!

Party Portraits!

I was asked recently to draw these two girls for their respective birthday parties.Their moms used the drawings for a pin-the-tail like game, where the party goers were blind-folded(or just spun around with eyes closed) and then tried to pin paper hearts on the face of the birthday girl! What a neat idea! Fun was had by all! Epecially me, even though I wans't at the parties- I had so much fun doing the drawings!

My Latest work! And a video on preparing to do caricatures!

I found a video by a Caricature artist who shares how he warms up before he does caricatures at an event! I found some helpful suggestions in this!

My New Submission for Illustration Friday! The theme this week is "Voice"!

My latest submission to Illustration Friday! The theme this week is "Voice"! I thought it would be fun to decorate the forms in this peice with the "voice" of birds! Tweet, tweet...!

New Silhouettes from my latest gig!

Here are some Silhouettes I cut yesterday for a program I did at a home for Seniors up in Portland. Me. I also shared a little about the history of Silhouettes and cut everyone's silhouette for them to keep. Everyone enjoyed it, including me!
Soon I will be conducting a class on Silhouettes at an adult ed. program in my area so this was good practice for me!