Archives for the month of: May, 2010

It’s snowing. Just so everyone is aware of that. Check the date and cry. You will cry FROZEN TEARS.

Or… draw!

Inclement weather might be keeping me from planting my garden – but being stuck inside is a good excuse to curl up on the couch with a sketchpad (and soon, a glass of wine, methinks.) Time for the next Western Family poster to begin. But I need to warm my brain up first. Here’s a few images that have grabbed my eyeholes today, stuff that for some reason makes me stop the clicky-clicky on my keyboard – and I start to get ideas. Anything and everything.

I just finished a colossal amount of illustrations. The end of a month of work. It was for a great client and ultimately enjoyable to do, because I always like a big project I can really get into. The drawback is the Finished Project Fallout: aching neck, arms and BOTH hands – I draw left-handed but mouse right-handed, so I mess everything up. Gritty eyes tired from squinting at the screen. Lack of sleep in order to meet the deadline resulting in nauseated spacey jet-laggy brain-mush. A twitchy feeling that I must have forgotten something. Absolute terror that what I haven’t forgotten is terribly flawed, and the files I have sent off to press contain some unexplained illustrated anomaly that no-one will notice until it’s too late and then 10,000 copies of the book are ruined and it’s ALL MY FAULT.

So the FPF has rendered me useless today.

But I did organize and update my files and folders.

In the process I came across some work from years past that I still like. It’s good to see these old illustrated friends. And I  re-realized how many great projects I’ve worked on, and remember that I like what I do. Which is really good, because I can’t do anything else.

Since I haven’t updated my website in about 5 years, I thought I’d post a few of them here. Let’s do it:

Amy’s Kitchen characters and kids packaging

Girl Guides UK games and spot illos

(the Australia game was a masterpiece!)

Illustrations for the book Boo, HarperCollins UK

Hand screened posters for the Miner’s Foundry

in remembrance of my husband’s beheaded Flying Vee – it has since risen from the ashes

paintings for MY book, Penguin UK