Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Illustration Friday - FRAGILE

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It's been awhile since I've been able to participate in an Illustration Friday challenge, & it's good to be back!! I'm pretty much a klutz, so fragile items are best kept out of my hands, but Walter, here, seems to do pretty well with them! (He must have a particularly smooth waddle!) If he gave you a smile, please let me know in the comments section below, or with a "like" on my Facebook page. Thanks! And as always, I appreciate you stopping by!

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Illustration Friday - TEMPTATION - & A Sneak Peek!

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This week's Illustration Friday challenge word was TEMPTATION. I went with this idea, because kids seem particularly susceptible to temptation and particularly bad at exercising self control.........or is it that they are just particularly GOOD at disregarding the word 'no?' Ha ha!

 AND because a friend of mine commented on a recent post I made on my FACEBOOK page that she was surprised to see people because she couldn't remember seeing any illustrations of mine that were NOT of animals,  I just *had* to give her another person, albeit a little one! :) (Thanks, Amy!)

 The funny thing is, while I certainly DO enjoy drawing animals....arguably far more than I do people, the current book project I'm working on is ALL ABOUT people! Including everyone's FAVORITE person, Santa! And I'm having an absolute BLAST with it!
 Here's a sneak peek......although I'm on to color now, and finishing up the final art....

Looking forward to the holidays when it is scheduled to be released! 

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Illustration Friday - UNI-Verse

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Yeah, I admit I was feeling a little silly this week....
That, and I didn't want to do another space scene like everyone else for this week's theme, "UNIVERSE." Anyway, my piece for "SPACE" was one of my favorites, 
and I just couldn't attempt to top it! :)
 I hope the absurdity of this gave you a smile! :)


Thursday, May 1, 2014


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Today is the 1-year anniversary of the Doodle Day Facebook Group. It is a group of people of all artistic abilities & ages that just love to doodle! There is a daily prompt, that you can follow if you wish, or, you can just share what you've been working on. It was started by a wonderfully talented artist, Alison, & her young daughter Erin, and over the year they've watched the group grow to over 200 enthusiastic & creative people! 

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 I discovered Doodle Day back in December, when the theme for the month was "underwater alphabet." I had an ABSOLUTE BLAST creating various sea creatures each day, & it was something fun to take my mind off the stress of the holidays. Here are a couple of my favorites from that time.

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 Lately, I've been caught up in my children's book project, with a deadline looming, so I haven't been able to participate as often as I'd like. But I still visit the Facebook page every day to check out what the group members have been up to! Always eye candy to look at!! And they are always so supportive when I AM able to post something!!

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So because I discovered Doodle Day in December during the underwater alphabet theme, I thought an underwater tribute was appropriate! I had a lot of fun playing with my new Copic markers on a pad of OLD marker paper from college that I discovered during a visit to my parents' basement to create my artistic octopus! I honestly have not used marker paper since 1993!!!  In fact, I had so much fun, that I'm thinking I need to make a trip to Dick Blick & pick up some more! (Do they still make it?! LOL!!)
Anyway, I'd like to extend a BIG THANK YOU to Alison & Erin, & a HAPPY ANNIVERSARY to Doodle Day! I hope you have many more!!!

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Illustration Friday - VANITY

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This week's Illustration Friday challenge word is VANITY.
 One of my friend Donna's often used expressions is "It's like putting lipstick on a pig," & while I was listening to her run a meeting at work today, this just popped into my head. Ironically, she also would really like to get a mini tea cup pig as a pet (I've been telling her this might not be such a good idea).............I hope that if she does........she doesn't put lipstick on it......  :D 

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Illustration Friday - NATURAL

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This week's Illustration Friday challenge word is NATURAL. 
Sorry for the nudity.... *grin!*
As always, I appreciate you stopping by, & LOVE reading your comments if 
my work has made you smile!!!

Monday, April 21, 2014

Happy Easter!

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A day late, because I realized I couldn't post the photo from my ipad! But the thought was there! :)
Hope everyone enjoyed their weekend!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Illustration Friday - SIZZLE

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This one was a SUPER-QUICK doodle in today's meeting at work.  Hope it gave you a smile!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Illustration Friday - RED (times 2!)

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 Doodled two for this week's challenge in a particularly long meeting today. 
I couldn't decide between them so I posted them both.
Which one do YOU like better?

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As always, I appreciate your visits & your comments! To see more of my silliness,
(Because yeah, I admit the 2nd one is pretty silly) please visit my Facebook page.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Illustration Friday - SPARK (A blast from the past!)

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Well, it's more like a "blaze" than a "spark" and a rather fuzzy scan, at that, but I wasn't able to squeeze a new drawing in this week (& Illustration Friday wasn't able to change the prompt this week, either!) so it will have to do! This is actually a MAJOR blast from the past - it is a scan of a promotional postcard I had printed back in college....21 years ago! (Ugh!)  My college friend, Jodi, recently dug up the collection of postcards from our senior class  & made me think of it, so I thought I'd share....I loved this piece back then, and surprisingly, I'm still liking it now! I know a lot of artists look back at their older work and cringe, so I guess I'm pretty lucky......or else, maybe my eyesight is going........... 

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And I just received copies of the coloring book I did for Big Cat Rescue's "March for Lions" event that was held last weekend! It's always exciting to see a project in it's final, printed form, and even better to learn that the event it was tied to was a BIG success! Big Cat Rescue does wonderful work, and I was happy to participate in their mission of awareness!!!

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