Monday, December 29, 2008
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Monday, December 22, 2008
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Saturday, December 20, 2008
It's been a crazy week here in Seattle and not in the good kind of crazy fun way. We've been hit with snow and ice, closing schools early for the holiday break and making the streets barely drivable. Now the weather service is predicting another major storm to come through tonight, with 90 mile an hour winds, more snow and ice and with the possiblity of power outages! Today I got out and drove to the grocery, a usual 45 minute chore took me 2 hrs! The line at the store was HUGE, so I read all about Tom Cruise's family life and Brittany's comeback while waiting (he hee - guilty pleasures)
Posted by Nina Seven N7 at 1:11 PM
Monday, December 15, 2008
This rambunctious little elf is getting ready to string some lights outdoors at the North Pole. (For Illustration Friday this week)
I love the idea of elves scurrying about getting things done while everyone's asleep. I think I'll leave a list for them tonight and see if it's all done when I get up tomorrow. Here's some of the things I'd like them to do:
*Decorate the tree ( I got one today, but it doesn't have anything on it yet)
*Wrap the gifts I've gotten so far
*Buy or make the rest of the gifts I need to get
*Make cookies (who wouldn't want cookies made by elves!)
*Make and send my Holiday cards (I'd love to see what they come up with..I bet they are pretty creative)
That's it for tonight little elves - if you do a good job, maybe I'll leave the vacuum out tomorrow night!
Posted by Nina Seven N7 at 8:22 PM
Sunday, December 07, 2008
Posted by Nina Seven N7 at 10:54 AM
Sunday, November 30, 2008
My 1st real 'scene' illo done in Illustrator...so much fun! I'm learning what works for me and what doesn't and it's getting easier. I still may go back in Photoshop and add some texture and shading, but then it won't be a vector piece anymore...hmmmm, I do love the clean lines of vector art.
We spent Thanksgiving at my sister-in-law's beautiful new home in Olympia. Her kitchen island, granite top, of course, was actually bigger than our bathroom! This thing was huge! The 2-story house also had an elevator and a covered deck with a gas fireplace!
Posted by Nina Seven N7 at 11:02 AM
Friday, November 28, 2008
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Monday, November 24, 2008
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Sunday, November 23, 2008
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Thursday, November 13, 2008
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Sunday, November 09, 2008
What luck I had this week with 'wise' being chosen for the word to illustrate this week over on Illustration Friday. I had just finished this greeting card with a wise owl on it. I'm working on a series of cards that I hope to one day market to some card publishers and if I'm lucky again, one of them will pick up the series. They are going to be nature based, with lots of woodland creatures and of course leaves and trees. I'm using eco-friendly colors with the hopes that they will be printed with green inks and recycled paper. This is the 1st one in the series, with one other one done to share at a later date. I'd love to get some feedback on this - Am I on to something here?
Posted by Nina Seven N7 at 2:30 PM
Sunday, November 02, 2008
Posted by Nina Seven N7 at 6:49 PM
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Done in Illustrator - I even made the background paper!
Posted by Nina Seven N7 at 6:41 PM
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Even birds have to do some repair work around the house!
Still playing and learning in Illustrator. I thought I would do something simple and try out all the tools. It was harder than I wanted it to be! So much to learn and skills to master. This didn't turn out exactly how I imagined, but like I said...still learning. I tell ya, I am in AWE of all the vector artists out there that make it look sooooo easy.
Posted by Nina Seven N7 at 11:34 AM
Thursday, October 23, 2008
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Wednesday, October 22, 2008
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Sunday, October 19, 2008
"I'm late, I'm late - for a very important date!"
This is an older image that I did just for fun a few months ago and I thought it was perfect for this week's theme on Illustration Friday. Alice in Wonderland is up at the top on my list of all around favorite stories due to it's rich characters and Lewis Carroll's wonderfully vivid imagination. It is an excellent story to illustrate and of course has been done so well numerous times. This is my humble attempt at illustrating one part of his great story.
I'm glad I had something to enter this week because I'm taking a 2 day workshop to learn how to use Illustrator. The 1st day was yesterday and the last day will be next Sat, so I'll be spending whatever free time I have this week practicing my new found skills. I learned so much the 1st day, but I think it will be a while before I will be able to use it to produce anything decent to post here. There is definitely a learning curve! So exciting, though! Hopefully, I will be able to share something soon, all done in Illustrator!
Posted by Nina Seven N7 at 12:09 PM
Monday, October 13, 2008
For Illustration Friday this week with the theme of "strings". I guess I cheated a bit, because this is really just "string"! Oh well, all I know is cats like to play with string and that's what I illustrated for this week.
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Saturday, October 11, 2008
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Wednesday, October 08, 2008
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Tuesday, October 07, 2008
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Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Something a little different from me this time for Illustration Friday. It's not kids! This is from a sketch I did about a year ago and never got around to doing anything with it. When I saw the theme word was "packed" I thought this would be perfect. Still some tweaking to do on it, but I have to move on for now, so here it is!
Posted by Nina Seven N7 at 1:58 PM
Sunday, September 28, 2008
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Thursday, September 25, 2008
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Monday, September 22, 2008
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Sunday, September 21, 2008
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Saturday, September 20, 2008
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Tuesday, September 16, 2008
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Wednesday, September 10, 2008
For Illustration Friday this week. Click on the image for a larger view. Thanks for visiting!
Posted by Nina Seven N7 at 7:22 PM
Monday, September 08, 2008
Posted by Nina Seven N7 at 8:34 AM
Thursday, September 04, 2008
More kids and pets to share with you. These go with the girl and her cat I posted for Illustration Friday's theme of 'memories'. These were so much fun to make. I could keep going for awhile with this...what other pets could I use? If you have any favorite pets that should be included, let me know! See how the little red-haired girl snuck her way into my illos again! She is always doing that!
Posted by Nina Seven N7 at 10:30 AM
Wednesday, September 03, 2008
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Sunday, August 31, 2008
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Thursday, August 28, 2008
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Monday, August 25, 2008
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Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Poor little girl, her dolly's arm detached from it's body! When my daughter was little, it seemed like I was always finding arms and legs from dolls in weird places around the house. She had a Ken doll whose head was always coming off! And of course, it was always "mommmmyyy!" and I had to come put his head back on. Those were the days...pretty soon she's gonna have real live Ken's coming over!
Posted by Nina Seven N7 at 7:49 PM
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
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Monday, August 11, 2008
The first reason is that this illo is perfect for the theme. What says sail better than sailboats? Not exactly the most clever way to illustrate the word, I admit, but hey, they can't all be masterpieces!
The second reason is I have to , I mean HAVE TO! start working on my new holiday images for my greeting card line. Many of my customers start looking for their holiday cards in Sept. and here it is mid August and I've barely started on them! Yikes! Where does the time go...it's just that the last thing on my mind when it's 80 degrees out is the Holiday season. Can ya blame me?
Posted by Nina Seven N7 at 4:26 PM
Tuesday, August 05, 2008
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Monday, July 28, 2008
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Sunday, July 27, 2008
The new release will be available on the A Muse website when they launch their NEW e-commerce site in a couple of weeks. Until then, you can order them via fax, phone or email.
Posted by Nina Seven N7 at 12:57 PM
Thursday, July 24, 2008
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Monday, July 21, 2008
For Illustration Friday this week: This Mom has had ENOUGH! Oh, yeah...I remember those days! Thankfully, my kids are older now and I don't have issues like this anymore, but of course, they have been replaced with other issues. Like last night, my 14 year old daugther asked us if we were going to buy her a car for her 16th birthday! Yikers!
Posted by Nina Seven N7 at 11:13 AM
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
"Even though Josh's snorkeling goggles were foggy, he still found this really cool starfish!"
I'm finding it's hard to spend a lot of time on IF challenges in the summertime...it's just too nice outside to spend a lot of time on the computer! I managed to do this one...not my best work, but kinda, sorta fun. Ya think?
Posted by Nina Seven N7 at 8:08 PM
Sunday, July 13, 2008
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