Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Friday, January 6, 2012

Take a Look!

Please allow me to toot my on horn for a moment (toot, toot!). The results are in and my submission to Blank Pages, for the Wonderful Wizard of Oz project, has been accepted and is now live on the website (page 15).

If you haven't looked into the project yet, why the heck not? There is plenty of room for more submissions. It's a book bigger than I thought!
I will admit I have never been very interested in ever reading the Wizard of Oz as a child, I was never interested in reading anything until my high school years in fact, but now I just love reading. The Wizard of Oz is full of surprises and I am really enjoying it!  Now I read roughly three books a month and have built myself a fair sized collection consisting of fiction, non-fiction, biographies, autobiographies, reference books, I've even started rebuilding my children's story books and picture book collection. Somehow, even the oxford dictionary made it onto my shelves. I'm not sure how that happened, seeing as I've never purchased a dictionary in my life! EVER. Maybe it grew legs and decided it wanted to snuggle between Winnie the Pooh and Alice in Wonderland, who knows.

As I continue to leaf through the story of Oz, I will also be keeping an eye open for any other prospective projects. Of course there are websites devoted to illustration contributions which are awesome (i.e. www.illustartionfriday.com) but here is another fun art project I literally just stumbled across that artists have been enjoying since 2008! Mail Me Art!
Mail Me Art has held two exhibitions, published two books, and has received over 1300 pieces of mail art during their 2008 and 2010 mailing events.
What is Mail Me Art? It is a London based project run by Darren Di Lieto (www.thelittlechimpsociety.com). All you have to do is grab a blank parcel, letter, or envelope and illustrate to your hearts content! No message required, the parcel or envelope does not have to have anything in it nor does your illustration require any special meaning. Just create for the sake of creating. Step two is to go postal and send your creation to the Little Chimp Society.

The next shipment of mail art is scheduled for 2012! So stay tuned or sign up for the LCS newsletter on the website. For more information, click any of the links above.

Happy drawing, Everybody!

Monday, January 2, 2012

Calling all illustrators and designers

Happy new year everyone!

While browsing the web, searching for inspiration, I stumbled across a design company located in the UK that is holding an open submission to all illustrators and designers. It is free to submit and open to everyone! I highly recommend that anyone interested should submit, this is an excellent way to get your work noticed and have fun doing it.

Appropriately named Blank Pages, http://www.blankpages.co.uk/about.html , the concept is to fill the blank pages of the classic "The Wizard of Oz". Simple enough, right? You can learn more by clicking the link http://www.blankpages.co.uk/about.html

I have just submitted my first blank page only minutes ago and am playing the dreaded waiting game to hear if they will be including my work. In the meantime, I am continuing to read the entire novel and pick the next page (or two, or three, or four!) that I will be submitting. Fingers crossed!

As always, all comments and critiques are welcome. I also urge anyone interested to take up this opportunity.

Have fun and happy drawing!

Monday, November 14, 2011


These are just a few of the creatures that have made it to paper in the last month or so. There haven't been many finished pieces recently as I have been illustrating for clients. But there is always time for sketching out these little guys.

The creatures I've been sketching recently have been heavily influenced by the bone structure of a Tyrannosaurus-Rex.

I've also had a request to draw a monkey fighting a palm tree.

Obviously, the tree would win.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

A dream of paradise...


A few weeks ago I noticed this sketch was missing something. It was the same thing I was missing, the beach!!! The summer is just not complete without a visit to the beach. At the time I had not yet gone and was missing it oooh so much, but a dreamy sketch would do just fine. I revisited my sketch and I'm very happy with how it turned out.

And not to worry, I've gone to the beach since finishing this quick sketch and summer ended.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

English Breakfast

Lately I've been so busy with work that I haven't been able to finish my last self project, but I think I should share it even though the text hasn't been added. So here is an illustration of english breakfast tea.

Despite popular belief, English Breakfast did not originate in England. The blend dates back to 1843 and an English tea merchant named Richard Davies who had immigrated to America, where it was developed and distributed.

The tea is described as full bodied and robust, it is typically served with heavy cream and acts as a "breakfast tea". Many of the colonial soldiers were given this tea to as part of a full breakfast to keep them full before a battle.

I chose the Boston harbour as the setting because this was the most popular place for English immigrants to make port in colonial times.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Oolong Tea


The Name Oolong tea came to the English language, from China, meaning "Black Dragon Tea". However, dragons are mythical creatures so I chose instead the Panda.  There are a few widely accepted origins of oolong, one theory is that it was first produced in the Wuyi Moutains during the Qing dynasty.

The leaves are traditionally oxidized by the sun, and no extra flavours are added. Leaving the tea leaves to dry in the sun causes them to curl and twist. I wanted to capture the soothing and calming taste of the natural green tea through the tranquility of the natural surroundings.