Friday, May 5, 2017

My Illustrations: April 2017

Dancing Elephant

Patterned Pig
I started out the month on a "safe" note. The gelli prints were SO complex I was hesitant to use them. My first two pieces, "Dancing Elephant" and "Pattern Pig", reflect that hesitation.

In the next series, I found my groove and figured out how to use the prints.  In the "Experiment", bubble wrap print became the background of a witch brewing a potion.


Storm Clouds

Green Man

A doily print was used for the background in "Inspiration".

Black and gray swirls became thunderclouds in "Storm Clouds".

"Green Man" emerged from a green layered gelli print and "The Painter"'s canvas (below) was a gelli print.

I think I'm going to have to stick to simpler patterns and textures to keep the prints from becoming the most important thing in the illustrations.
The Painter
The Pioneers
In "The Pioneers" I made an effort to use some of my patterned files. It was very time consuming and I'm not thrilled with the result.
Three Long Haired Sheep


"Three Long Haired Sheep" was created with a gelli print as their fleece. "I used a gelli print for the background in "Dancing". I like the style of dancing.  In the final two images I'm focusing on digital painting an area that I know I need to work on.

I saw the work of an illustrator who interprets photos of children in an illustrated style. I think I'm going to try a few next month. This was actually based on the following photo. My intent was not to COPY but to reinterpret in my own style.

Saturday, April 1, 2017


I've had a busy month experimenting with gelli printing. If you haven't tried it I highly recommend it. I ordered a gelli plate but it hasn't arrived yet, so I made one of my own and wasted no time trying it out. Here are some of the pages I used in the illustrations that follow:
Gelli Print purple and green
Heading to the Beach

Gelli Print: orange dots
Polka Dotted Elephant 

Gelli Print: Yellow dots
The Eames Chair
Gelli Print: Yellow Leaves
The Geisha

 I've also been doing the 52 Week Illustration Challenge. Here are this month's prompts and my responses:
Fish Pond: prompt: Perspective



Happy Place
A few other illustrations from the month:
Green Horse: Tissue paper collage, digitally cut.
Textured Monster

Night Frog
Trees cut from painted papers with digital painting added.

More experiments with trees.

Friday, March 10, 2017

February 2017: My digital journey.

1. I'm continuing to participate in the 52 Week Challenge (on facebook). Here are my responses to the following prompts: garden, botanical, pastel and baking.

The Garden
Pretty in Pastel Pink

The Baker

 2.  I was able to spend some time at the studio creating painted papers and tissue paper papers. I scanned them and then cut them out digitally. (Not nearly as messy as using scissors and glue.) Although some look too "Eric Carle" I think I can make this media my own. In most cases I let the background suggest an image. I realize after seeing them all together I need to concentrate on storytelling. Guess that will be my goal NEXT month.
Brown Bear
Blue Ape

Girl with a Bow

Butterfly Banner

Cat Lady

Circus Elephant

Frightened Horse

Birds in the Treetop

Study for Woods

Striped Cat

Frog at Night

Colorful Turtle

Yellow Cat

Brown Cat

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Feb 2: On track. Writing & Learning


Finished the #Storystorm Challenge (It used to be PiBoIdMo in February.) Complied 31 ideas for picture book manuscripts. But the best thing was lighting up my brain to hone in on generating ideas. I wish I was disciplined enough to do it every month.  I was so excited about one idea that I wrote the first draft and polished it enough to take to critique group in February.  The remaining ideas on my list will either grow into stories or remain in the file until they fade away. It's been a great exercise to get ideas flowing in the new year.


My digital explorations have had high and low points. I've kept up with the 52 Week Illustration Challenge, (on Facebook), working from prompts to create an illustration every week. I posted five.

 I've also been experimenting with images using painted patterns created at the studio. However, I've focused so much on experimentation, I've fallen short on the "storytelling aspects" of my images. Hopefully one day I'll get it all together.

The first five images here are from prompts provided by the 52 Week Challenge:

Colored version of Feathers
Tribute to A Snowy Day by Jack Ezra Keats

                                                                                             The                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Most of the following images began as painted papers, or photos of fabrics, cut into clothing shapes and built around the costume. I repeated some of the elements from the images above in illustrations below. Hint: Bricks, dog 
Asian Woman
The following group of images were built around painted patterns, or photographs of fabrics, digitally cut into articles of clothing. The figures and backgrounds were then added.

Island woman

Vacation in Lascaux
It's Fall
Winter Conversation
The Soloist
Man on the Street
Man and Dog