exploring - 1/365

I've never considered myself an illustrator but I find myself driven in that direction more and more. I feel the need of exploring this further than what I've been doing so far. I want to try different styles, mediums or anything else that may be new to me. By making this public I'm forcing myself to do something I've been wanting to do for a while and never seem to make the time for it.

This is going to be a daily project and I will draw whatever comes to mind in whatever medium I happen to choose. It may be a small sketch or it may be something more elaborate. I'm sort of a perfectionist so posting these explorations will be hard for me. I just know I need to do it. I'm going to show what I make as is.

My style has always been very graphic and simple (like my latest illustrations on my Society6 shop) but I feel like there's this other side of my illustration that comes out when I'm just doodling (like the ink drawings you may have seen on my Instagram feed). I'm going to let some of that come out and play a bit more and see where it takes me.

Paper will always be my first love (an exciting, exciting project is coming up!) but stepping out of my comfort zone is something I feel I need to do right now.

I will post my daily illustrations on Instagram and possibly a summary post once a week here on the blog. I hope you'll join me!

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#1 - I took a break at the coffee shop and I had my sketchbook with me. All I could think about was what a nice day it was being at home. Sometimes a slow day (after early morning soccer games) is sooo needed. No running around—just being at home. Ahhhh. The only thing about today's drawing? I forgot my glasses at home and I was squinting the whole time. I hate this whole glasses thing—still not used to it!

See my tote bag under my sketchbook? I'm loving it! So roomy which helps with everything I like to carry around - lol!

I hope you're all enjoying your weekend too!

made in paper

I'm very happy to share that a couple of my projects can be found in the latest issue of Made in Paper! This is the 4th issue of the magazine and I think this is my favorite so far. It's full of a lot of paper goodness, inspiration and easy to make projects.

The Apple Newsstand iPad edition is available today (you can order and see a preview here). It's available in the UK starting today and in about 4 weeks it should be in the US at Borders, Booksamillion and JoAnn's.

Thank you to Made in Paper for letting me join in the fun!

two visits

The Great Egret is a native bird of Texas and apparently he likes my car. Twice I've caught one standing on my car, when there are plenty of other rooftop options all around. I'm not supersticious but I've been told to take it as a good omen—ok, I'll take it! Ever since then I've been wanting to illustrate something with this beautiful bird and last night inspiration (and a bit of free time!) hit. I called it The Perfect Pair.

The rainy day and fear of scaring it away makes for a blurry photo, but you get the idea. They are so beautiful (and big!) up close!

Have a great weekend everyone!

paris in the summer

I was going through some old sketches when this one caught my eye. I made it a few days after we got back from Paris last summer. It was the perfect piece for me to work on—I didn't want to start something new and just wanted something less intensive.

I decided to stay somewhat true to the sketch and in the end I think I captured the feeling I was after. Something light that would remind me of our great vacation in Paris. I'd love to go back some day!

This little project got me thinking that it would be interesting to create a series of these pieces inspired by countries or cities. I'd travel vicariously through my research of each one!

If only there were more hours in the day! 

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-- Psst! I haven't forgotten about paper (how could I?!)
New ideas and projects are coming!

-- The cushion (and other goodies with this design) can be found in my Society6 shop.

it still starts with paper and pencil

I just posted The View From Above over the weekend and I thought it would nice to show you where the idea got started. The sketch below is what I worked from to make my final digital version. As you can see it's not an exact copy of what you see in the print but It's real close. I like adding or subtracting once I get an image scanned in.

Creating on the computer is great but starting by hand on paper is the best way to put your own personal stamp and style on any illustration. Just remember pencil and paper first!

pattern making soothes the soul

I hope you don't get tired of seeing these because this is what I'm into right now. Building my pattern collection is taking over any free time I have. I'm taking advantage of the creative momentum while it lasts. I get into a focused relaxed state when I'm working on them. Maybe that's why they're so addicting!

The top pattern, Just Seeds (in Evening Blue and Clear Day) is something that originally started from a sketch of daisies that I worked on over the weekend. I love how the background color changes the look of the design so radically. I couldn't make up my mind over which I preferred so they're both uploaded in my Society6 shop.

On the Farm (in pink and blue) is part of a collection of four patterns that will also be coming as fabric and wrapping paper. Some of you may remember me posting previously but it wasn't really finished until now.

Now that I think about it I think these two patterns show off my two illustrative sides. I love organic more natural looking shapes but I also enjoy exploring the more graphic and clean lined side of things too. It's more exciting to explore in two completely different worlds!

Happy Monday everyone!