Monday, December 29, 2008

IF - clandestine

"Timmy's late night clandestine meeting with the cookies in the cookie jar turned into a disaster-in-the-making when the chair began to slip out from under him!"
This illo was inspired by a book I got for Christmas, called the Magic Pencil. It's a series of interviews with British illustrators, where they talk about their backgrounds and methods of working. One of my favorite illustrators, Sara Fanelli, is one of the illustrators. Did you know she doesn't use a computer in her work? It's so flawless, I just assumed she did, but I guessed wrong, she's just incredibly talented!
Even though I truly admire her work, she wasn't the one that inspired was the work of Lauren Child. I'm sure you have all see her work around, she's quite popular. I tried to be loose and spontaneous, like her illos are, but I couldn't quite get there, I'm think I'm too much of a neat freak and like clean lines, but I did use some real life objects, combined with drawings and patterns, which is what her work is mostly about.
All in all, it was a fun exercise. I like trying new things every once in a while, you never know where it will lead. Maybe nowhere, but maybe to something extraordinary.

Monday, December 22, 2008

IF - voices

For Illustration Friday this week. I did these holiday carolers for A Muse as a stamp design a few years ago and thought they would be perfect for the voices theme. I just popped the drawing into Illustrator, used the Live Trace feature to add a little color, then moved them onto a scalloped oval shape with a bit of lettering.
Easy Peesy! Perfect for this time of year with all the extra stuff to do for the holidays. Since my last post about our crazy weather, it's snowed more. It snowed and snowed and snowed last night. A winter wonderland in the city known for rain. I never would have believed it, if I didn't see it and live it for myself!

Saturday, December 20, 2008

snowed in and spyed on

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)

Ok, so that's that and what can you do about the weather, nothing...but on top of that SPYWARE got into my computer! For a couple of days, I couldn't do a thing on the internet without it freezing up or connecting itself to sites that I didn't want to go to (ex:!). Things are better now after uninstalling our internet protection software and reinstalling a different kind of service that is better at finding and eliminating the spyware. We still have some issues, but for know it's working good enough.

So, now I can go back to reading the blogs I follow and checking up on Illustration Friday entries - two of my favorite things to do when I have a little free time. And, of course, I have to do this weeks IF challenge! I better get all my holiday chores done first, though - wrapping gifts is next on my list.

Monday, December 15, 2008

IF - rambunctious

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!

Sunday, December 07, 2008

IF - similar

For IF this week - I love it when people and their dogs look similar! This stylish woman and her poodle share a lot of similarities. It would be fun to do a whole series of people and their look-a-like pets. I'm sure it's been done before...seen any good ones?