I’ve been having so much fun with the daily art challenge I’ve been participating in—”The Month of Love”. It’s such an inspiring group of illustrators, and each day truly is a fun challenge to post something new. Some days are open to any love-themed imagery, others days have a challenge topic that everyone has to create from.
I find some days allow time to really develop an idea and a more finished piece of art, but most days are more of a conceptual exercise that allows for experimentation with sketch process. It’s been a great experience so far, and we’re only one week in! With 20 new pieces of art posted each day, be sure to check it out and visit often! monthoflove.blogspot.com
Here’s a few pieces, including the blog header, that I’ve contributed so far:
I’ve been working on setting up a shop on Zazzle to sell some products featuring my art & illustration work, so I’ve spent time over the last few weeks organizing old files and pulling some images to re-purpose in various formats and applications. In digging through some old projects, I came across a few spot art pieces that I wanted to share— just for fun! (since they aren’t on my website).
The black and whites food spots are from various novel interiors, and the sock monkey is an image I’ve used for several baby cards and gifts for friends & co-workers.
Who knows, maybe they’ll end up on some future stationary or notecards…you’ll have to check out my shop when it’s up and running in a few weeks! 🙂
It’s hard to believe we’re already well into July; harder to believe I’ve been too busy to keep up with my blog over the last month!
I have been hard at work on some exciting new things, though. First, I’ve been designing a YA fiction cover for Sourcebooks—It’s still in the works, so I can’t really share much just yet—but the project gave me the chance to create some super cool stock-photo imagery and hand-lettering. I’ll be excited to share once it’s finalized and released!
I also have been working on cover illustrations for a middle grade series at Penguin. These books also won’t be released for some time, so I also can’t really share too many specifics— but basically they allowed for tons of fun imagery to play with: magic lamps, flying carpets….and a great project for me to develop a character in my style! These are 2 of the final illustrations:
Unfortunately, though the Art Director and Publisher were super happy with these illos, they didn’t make it past the sales and marketing team, who felt that this genre of book would be more competitive as a paperback series if treated with a photographic approach instead. So, my illustrations were killed, but I had a blast creating these pieces anyway and am super happy to be able to add them to my portfolio.
Also want to share a few of the preliminary sample pieces and sketches that I did as part of the process.
I had to actually pitch myself at the beginning of the project anonymously to my creative director and publisher-along with other alternate artists, which was an interesting experience! I created these tailor-made samples to add into the mix and win out the job:
And, I went through several round of sketches to first develop the character, and then nail down concepts for each of the 3 books. Here’s a few sketches from various stages of the process:
I really enjoyed creating pieces that target this middle-grade girl audience, so looking forward to doing more in this realm!