This is by far one of my favorite art projects I have done. The original is much smaller than in the image but I wanted to scale it in a scene to display how it could look enlarged. Of course the original took a solid twenty hours of hole punching paint swatches and painfully gluing the dots in place with tweezers. My goal for 2018 is to complete another piece of this actual size or larger.
I was more than excited to be a part of this collaboration piece and I couldn’t be happier with the end result. If you have not heard of Voilà Paper Co. and very talented owner, Abby Miller, I highly recommend checking out her Etsy page! It is currently sold out on her page but you can find so many amazing prints to choose from or even have something custom created.
Abby’s hand lettering is just beautiful and paired with her graphic design skills, her prints are perfect for any space and or gift. I was fortunate enough to have her create the hand lettering for my logo and I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out. Abby has even put her great sense of humor and creativity on coffee mugs, throw pillows, and phone cases just to name a few. You can check out those fantastic items here. I just adore this lady and I have such a respect for anyone who can hand letter because it is not something I can even begin to master.
Creating digital illustrations for my children’s book is quite the process. The artwork itself is easy but mapping out images that are needed and how to incorporate that with the text is difficult for me. I typically have people tell me what they are envisioning for their own stories or desired artwork. So being both the author and the illustrator is new territory for me. The entire project has been both daunting and exciting for me. I know once I can complete this first book, it will become easier with each one I hope to create in the future. I have a new found respect for anyone who has been able to be successful at both.
When I was in the sixth grade they created this program to learn about and adopt an animal that was considered an endangered species. Naturally being that manatees looked adorable and were called, “seacows”, I had to choose them and I never really got over how much I love them! I still to this day have yet to see one and if you ask my husband how bad I want to see one, he will giggle at such goals. I even went to Sea World just to see them and the exhibit was literally closed that month for renovations [insert annoyed face here]. So since I cannot see them, I draw or illustrate them when practicing or warming up. I always do my best work when I’ve gotten all of the gunk out of my head before actually starting on an art project.