Thursday, June 23, 2016

Illustration Friday - YARN

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This week's Illustration Friday prompt was YARN. This idea is a little more obvious than I usually come up with, but it's Thursday, and I needed to come up with something quick! And anyway, who can resist Siamese kitten cuteness, right?! ;) Glad to be able to squeak an Ill Friday challenge in after a long hiatus! Hoping to make it more of a regular thing again!
Thanks for stopping by! Hope it made you smile!

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Illustration Friday - MYSTERY & 4 Year Anniversary!

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It's been quite a while since I've participated in an Illustration Friday challenge.  I can't explain why I suddenly, out of the blue, checked out the website yesterday to see what the prompt was after so many months....or why I immediately started quickly doodling something for "MYSTERY" in a meeting at work when I have so many other art projects I *should* have been far as doodling goes. So it was quite the surprise to learn one day later that today marks the 4-year anniversary of the day I stumbled upon Illustration Friday and participated in my very first challenge! 4 YEARS!

It was always fascinating to see what people would come up with, and how unique or not-so-unique my idea was each week! I actually went on a roll where I participated every week without fail for 52 weeks straight between 2012-2013! I can honestly say it was one of the most worthwhile activities I've ever participated in - because it got me drawing again, on a regular basis. It helped me build a new portfolio, and define my style. And as a result, I have since landed 3 children's book jobs. It kick-started my career. And beyond that, through it I connected with other artists, and built some truly wonderful friendships with some amazingly talented people that have lasted for several years now. You know who you are! :)

I started a this blog a week or 2 after that first challenge, as a place to easily display my entries. After years of participation, this blog is now a gallery of my work! I love revisiting it every so often...and remembering which words inspired ideas right away, and which ones were more challenging!

Which brings me back to MYSTERY....the idea for this one popped into my head rather quickly yesterday. No idea where it came from. So imagine my surprise when I arrived home from work tonight to find THIS....

Certainly not a yeti....but too small to be a dog, and the snow seemed too deep for it to be a cat or a squirrel....hmmmmm......I couldn't help but wonder if I was being watched as I examined the tracks......

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Happy Ground Hog Day!

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I don't know about you, but I don't enjoy getting woken up unexpectedly! 
And that is from NORMAL sleep, not hibernation! My husband says I grunt and growl at him when  he wakes me up for work in the mornings. (I am SO not a morning person!) So imagine how poor Phil feels - especially when, let's face it - he can't REALLY predict the weather! He's a RODENT!!!
I hope this gave you a smile!!

I have been busy working on my new for 2016 SOMETHING TO SMILE ABOUT series, as well as my adult coloring book, and having a bit of fun playing with some new water color pencils I had never tried before! Stay tuned for some sneak peeks!! 

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Happy New Year 2016! The Year of the....SMILE?!

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 Happy New Year 2016! 
I hope you find this year brings good health, great happiness, 
and lots and LOTS of smiles!!! 

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Speaking of smiles, there is scientific evidence that smiling causes happiness! And so, this year, in an effort to spread a little bit of happiness, I am launching a new series (that I hope will be regular!) specifically designed to cause the corners of your mouth to turn upwards!  When you are having a crappy day, you sometimes need a place to turn to where you can find something to change your mood...if only for a little while. Join me on my Creations By Mit Facebook page for some silly, wacky, and sometimes simply heartwarming drawings! Hope to see you there!!

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Illustration Friday - AIRBORNE

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Squeezed this one in just under the wire! Let me know if it made you smile!

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Illustration Friday - MELT

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This is how I feel during bootcamp class. Like I'm melting.....I don't like to melt......  :D

Sometimes forcing yourself to take the time to do something you love is the best therapy in the world. I have been beyond stressed out lately, and feeling really overwhelmed with so many major events going on in my life at once. Today, as I was heading into a meeting at work, I quickly ran back to my desk & checked to see what the Illustration Friday prompt was for this week. It's been MONTHS since I've participated in an Illustration Friday challenge. First I had a deadline for a children's book I was illustrating. Then I needed to get back to the wedding planning I put off in favor of the book. And now, on top of the wedding planning, I am packing to move into a new house and studio. Lots going on. Not much time for the fun stuff. And for me, Ill Friday was fun.

But today I took that 30 seconds to go back to my computer & check out the prompt. I'm not sure why, but I'm glad I did. I've done it a bunch of times over the past few months, but never took the time to sit down and actually start drawing. Today was different. Maybe because I could feel I was about to reach my breaking point. I don't know. But as the dog above started to take shape on a piece of copy paper I swiped as I ran into the conference room, I got that feeling of excitement I get when I'm really, REALLY into what I'm creating. And it reminded me all over again why I do this.....and that I NEED to do it.....regardless of what else I've got going on in my life.

OK! That was a bit deep for me!
I think I should probably stick to drooling hound dogs! (I bet this guy STINKS!! :D )  But if he made you smile, please let me know in the comments section!


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I apologize for the infrequent blog posts. 
Saying things have been crazy around here lately is an understatement!
 Between my upcoming wedding this fall that I am behind on planning, and now a big MOVE next month to a new home and studio (plus that pesky thing called a full time job!) I, unfortunately, have had very little time for drawing. (sigh!)

 But when I got an email from SCBWI promoting their new DRAWTHIS program, I knew I'd HAVE to make the time to participate! Similar to the weekly challenges from Illustration Friday that I have greatly enjoyed over the years (even did one solid year straight without missing a week!), they will be providing a new prompt each month, and artists from around the globe will submit their interpretations. 

While I have not had the time to do so lately, I look forward to when I am settled in to my new studio and can get back to regular weekly Ill Friday participation. In the meantime, I did manage to squeeze in this quick drawing to support the new SCBWI program....

....AND, feeling inspired,  just happened to sneak a peek at this week's Ill Friday prompt before entering a meeting this morning, and did some doodling! So stay tuned for that one, too!! :D 

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

New Book Project! DONE!!!!

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 It's been a VERY busy couple of months, between the wedding planning, and my latest children's book project! In fact, as the deadline drew near, the wedding planning was completely put ON HOLD! (Priorities, right? *wink!*)

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 I absolutely fell in love with the manuscript and signed the contract last Fall. It was a particularly fun and challenging project to work on because I chose to expand the story beyond the literal (there were relatively few words to the text) and tell it through the facial expression and body language of the main character . 

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After several months of work, it was finally been turned in to the publisher and approved last week! 
I can honestly say it was a BLAST to work on, and I think it shows in the end result. I am extremely proud of this one, and hope it brings smiles to the children who read it! And now the wait is slated for release this fall.....ironically, right around the time of my wedding!
 (Multiple things to celebrate! *grin!*)

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

It's snowing. AGAIN. UGH!!!!

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UGH!!!!  Need I say more????
While the record breaking snowfall HAS been inspirational for my illustrations lately, 
I've. Had. ENOUGH. 

Monday, March 2, 2015

Happy Read Across America Day!

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Today is Read Across America Day!

Also known as "Dr. Seuss Day," it is a nationwide celebration of reading and child literacy held annually by the National Education Association on March 2nd; Dr. Seuss' birthday! 2015 marks the 18th year 
of this event that focuses on motivating children and teens to read. 
For more information, click HERE.
I doodled this avid reader during a meeting today!