Saturday, June 3, 2017

New Comic Strip & Studio Update!

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Happy June! 
Although the weather seems more like April here in New England, between the cooler temperatures and all the RAIN! (Thus the inspiration for the illustration above!!) LOTS going on in the studio these days, starting with sketching for a new children's book with Xist Publishing! This will be my second book with them, and the story is short, simple, and sweet - perfect for the youngest of readers!

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I also started a brand new, weekly comic strip in May, that can be seen on both Facebook and Instagram! (It has its own page on both!) I have worked in the women's home fitness industry in Product Development and Marketing for the past 7 years, and have learned along the way that no matter where you are in your fitness journey, whether a gym junkie, or reluctant participant, we can all use a little encouragement and a BIG laugh! And so "Fit By Mit" was born!
 Be sure to check it out on Facebook ***HERE!***  and Instagram ***HERE!***

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I had time to participate in the May SCBWI "Draw This" challenge! The prompt was FEAST! (Anybody have a dog who is overly enthusiastic about dinner?) I love these challenges, and was so glad to be able to submit my work for this one! It is so much fun to see the different ideas the prompts spark! And of course, the Society of Children's Book  Writers and Illustrators is a FANTASTIC organization and one I am proud to be a member of!

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I also got to play "teacher" at my local library for their artist group that meets there twice a month! The members were very enthusiastic, and learned how to draw cats, dogs, and I even threw in a lion for good measure! It was a lot of fun!!!

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And finally, I have been overwhelmed with the warm reception my coloring book has received since it became available in March! It was such a big project that took a year to complete, so it is both heartwarming and gratifying to know that people of ALL AGES are enjoying it! So much so, that I have begun work on a second one, and have an idea for a third!! If you would like to get a sneak peek of the fun, whimsical coloring pages, and are curious about what people are saying about it, check it out on Amazon ***HERE!***

That's all for now! 
As always, I appreciate your interest and LOVE your comments!

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Illustration Friday - HOT

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This week's challenge word was HOT. 
Been awhile since I've had time to participate in an Illustration Friday challenge! Glad to be back!!! This guy began as a doodle during a work meeting, as many of my drawings do! He was inspired by a rescued bear I saw at The Wild Animal Sanctuary in Colorado (a truly AMAZING place!) a few summers back, who was cooling himself off in the exact same manner! I hope he gave you a smile!!

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Excited To Announce the Release of My First Coloring Book!!!

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Incredibly excited to announce the release of my
 first coloring book!!! 

Creations By Mit Art to Make You Smile has been in the works for one solid year, so it is very exciting for me to be able to finally get it in the hands of coloring enthusiasts!!!

 This collection features silly, whimsical characters that are sure to bring a smile to your face. Birds, dogs, cats, pigs, giraffes, raccoons, fish, basically a good portion of the animal kingdom!!!!

 The book consists of 24 single-sided images of varying complexity that will appeal to slightly older children and adult colorists who are looking for something a little different and morelight-hearted than complicated, serious mandalas and geometric designs, but who still enjoy being challenged.

 There really IS something for everyone!
 I hope people have as much fun coloring it, as I did creating it!!!

For a sneak peek some of the inside pages, click HERE!!!

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

A Brand New Year! Welcome 2017!

Here we are, at the start of another brand new year!
 For me, that always seems to bring feelings of optimism, and visions of a clean slate, just waiting to be scribbled upon! Life seems full of possibilities! 
Of course, a few weeks in, oftentimes I get back into my old routines and bad habits rear their ugly heads (read: PROCRASTINATION), but it is always nice to think "this may be the year" that I get my act together and finally do *THIS* or *THAT!* I start writing out goals and plans, and it is always fun to see how far I got with them, come December.... 
 (or not so fun, if I didn't manage to get very far!) 

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Well, THIS year does have some guarantees, because I am entering 2017 with a new book contract with Xist Publishing. So regardless of what else does, or doesn't happen, a new children's book will be in my future! And that adult coloring book that I worked on all year long in 2016? Well, THAT will go to print, too. No ifs ands or buts about it! It is all drawn, formatted, and ready to go. All that needs to happen is some uploading and a few clicks of buttons! So already, 2017 looks like a year of accomplishments, and we are only 3 days in! (I like the sound of that!)

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The new year means a fresh start, so last night, I started a new sketch book, too. There is always something daunting about that very first blank page, but I got that out of the way, and had some fun with my watercolor pencils that I hadn't had much time to play with last year. 

January also means a month long of pretty intense idea generation through participation in author, Tara Lazar's "Storystorm." Previously called Picture Book Idea Month (PiBoIdMo) and held in November, it is a cool movement of kidlit authors and future authors where the challenge is to come up with 30 story ideas by the end of the month. This will be my third...or maybe fourth?...year participating, and although it is sometimes a struggle to work it in with everything else I've got going on, I always find it to be a very worthwhile endeavor! So I am very excited about that!

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As exciting as it is to look forward to the new challenges and projects of the new year, it is also a great time to look back and revisit favorite projects of the past 12 months. 
During 2016, I was able to fit in a few special commissions. I have not had much time for this in recent years, so it was great to be able to work with clients outside of the children's book arena and create unique art that was very personal for them. Among these special projects were some pet portraits. The one pictured above is of my friend's beautiful girl, Sadie. I surprised her with it when she purchased her first home last month.

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And speaking of dogs, I also expanded my design offerings in my Zazzle store, and for the first time in its almost 3 years of existence, it actually generated some sales! I have spent a HUGE amount of time building the store, so it was so gratifying to know that products with my whimsical, silly art were resonating & making their way into people's homes for the holidays! The poodle pictured above is featured as part of the design on my "Parade of Poodles" coffee mug. 

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My mugs were, in fact, my most popular item!
 (I was so blown away by them, I had to get one for myself!)
 Everyone should start their days off with a smile, right?! 
Click ***HERE*** to check out my store!

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And 2016 also marked the year Creations By Mit joined the world of  **INSTAGRAM**!!! My account has been up for a few months now, and I fully admit I am still learning the ropes, and am not nearly as savvy with it as I am with **FACEBOOK**, but I am having a lot of fun connecting with other artists, and am hoping more people will start following me there as well!

Well, that's all for now! Sending a BIG FAT THANK YOU who have stuck around to follow this blog! Wishing you all a happy and fruitful 2017!!!