Thursday, December 15, 2011

Illustration Friday: Separated

Hello all!
It's late in the week, but I wanted to post for this week's theme. "Separated." When i hear this word I think about things wanting to be separated by they can't be. I was very into the topic of conjoined twins for a long time. I think there is something very fascinating about two being fused together, sharing, loving, experiencing things always together, but they are still separate beings. Anyhoo, enjoy:

Monday, December 5, 2011

The Stranger Cover this week!

hey everyone!
Just wanted to let you know my talented husband Aaron had an illustration featured on this week's cover of the Seattle Stranger:
It's a collection of small gouache and ink paintings from his series "The Numbers Family." To see more of his work outside of his website, hit up our website Gorilla House Press, website dedicated to various work that Aaron and I have done.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Illustration Friday: Brigade

Howdy all!
So this week's theme for Illustration Friday is "Brigade." Normally I wouldn't post a piece I hadn't done specifically for I.F. or that I hadn't done recently, but this is one of my favorite pieces I've done. It's called "Redcoat Pizza" and it is a part of my "Explore and Conquer" series. It fit the theme so well, I just wanted to share it with everyone.
Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Illustration Friday: Round

I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving! I know that after spending a holiday where all you do is eat, it wasn't hard coming up with an idea for this week's topic of "Round."
 Among many things, I love food, olde tyme stuff, and old men waving their canes in anger. Enjoy!

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Illustration Friday: Vanity

Hey everyone!
After a couple of weeks of Illustration Friday silence due to getting ready for the Artache Art Flea Market, I'm back in full effect. A lot of time too I at least do the drawings even without posting them, usually because they are still in sketch form. Here is a fun contribution for this week's theme, vanity.
I love the idea that this boogery little guy is vain. He's gross, but I do think he's kind of cute. I used watercolor and pencil on this. I really like my treatment of the watercolor. I've been trying to use pencil more in this way, almost like pen, but with a little enhancement of shading.
Anyways, enjoy and more to come! Thanks for viewing!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Artache Sunday Sunday Sunday!

Hey everyone!
Today is the Artache Art Flea Market at Vermillion Gallery in Capitol Hill! Here's a little taste of what will be at the show:

Come see some them in real life. They wont bite. 1508 11th Ave. We'll be there from 3-8pm! One day only!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Artache this Sunday!

Hey campers!
This Sunday (November 13th) Aaron and I are going to have a booth at Vermillion Gallery's monthly art market "Artache" in Capitol Hill.

We are showing/selling all new work! I am showing work from my latest series "Scary Monsters and Super Creeps"

and Aaron will be showing selected pieces from his Gardenism series and his portraits of the ficticious "Numbers" family.

Come check it out! We'll be there from 3-8pm!

Vermillion Gallery
1508 11th Ave
Seattle WA 98122

Thanks! Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

My first digital picture book!

Hey picture book enthusiasts!
I wanted to let everyone know of a website that just launched today that I am a part of called uTales is a brand new website where you can access digital pictures books for kids of all ages. You can purchase the books individually for download or subscribe monthly to the site to have access to all of the books on the site. All of the books contributed are written and illustrated from people all over the world too, which is really cool. The books can be read on your computer, iPad and iPhone. uTales contributes portions of each book downloaded to the charity Pencils of Promise, a wonderful organization that builds schools in developing countries.

I have one picture book currently up for download called “What Are You?”  

The book is about when two unlike things meet, one wants to know what the other is. But "what" something is doesn't necessarily tell you "who" they are.
You can find it in the Learn section.

So check it out! It supports a great cause and there are some amazing books in there!

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Illustration Friday: Fuel

When I think of fuel, I automatically think of food. I love food and I love drawing food. And I know for a fact that monsters love food too! So this little guy out of my monster work asked me to draw him eating, his most favorite thing to do.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Illustration Friday: Scattered

Here is a sketch I did for Illustration Friday this week. I'm getting it up pretty late, but I was having a hard time focusing on something that wouldn't involve bugs scattering. I finally came up with this image a boy hitting a pinata. It's a cute sketch and could become a really nice finished piece. I like the contrast of the gray and the color.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Halloween sketches

In reshaping my portfolio, I've been drawing different things than I usual. And in doing so I have inadvertently drawn a lot of Halloween themed things. I just love Halloween and it's coming out in my drawing uncontrollably. Am I secretly writing a Halloween picture book? Maybe so! Here are some of my favorites:

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Illustration Friday: Contraption

Here's another piece from my latest exploration. I'm really getting into combining pen with watercolor in this new way. I keep drawing these weird little monsters and I'm not sure what they are wanting from me. It's like David Bowie says "Scary monsters, and super creeps keep me running, running scared." I'm not so much scared as curious about this world they live in, I keep uncovering things about it. Like this guy, he is a software developer. I'm not sure what he's developing, but he's having technical problems.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Yeti fever!

I thought I would post this recent illo that I did on inspiration of my friend Steve's request for Yeti's for our gallery wall at work. I work at a design firm in Seattle called Hornall Anderson and we have a wall in our office that we use as an internal "gallery" called The Kathleen Turner Overdrive Gallery (if you've seen High Fidelity, you'll get the reference). It serves very much like a gallery where our curator, Steve Quenell, announces a new theme every month and then we have an opening of the gallery every First Thursday. This month's theme is Yeti's because Steve is addicted to them. So when I heard this for some reason I though instantly "Yeti Jamboree." Makes perfect sense to me. I actually did this piece first then went on to make the illo that I posted earlier in the week for Illustration Friday. I'm really stoked about these hairy critters! They are done in watercolor and pen. And I think going to one of their parties would be awesome. It even gave me a good idea for a children's book...I hope you enjoy!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

I got Slogged!

Check out my Slog post from August about my Diary of a Wiener website!

Back up and running!

Hey everyone!
If you've been noticing some weirdness with accessing my website or my blog, it's because I've been in the process of switching over my domain and hosting so that I can update and redo my website! Yay! I've had a great site for the past six years or so, but I've decided to switch it up and make a new one! To check out my really cute under construction page visit my website:

In the meantime, I'll be posting to my blog and updating on more events, website changes, and posting new work.

You can also follow my hotdog's on my Diary of a Wiener website:

So keep checking here and I'll keep you posted when my site is up and running!


Illustration Friday-Hibernation

by Jessixa Bagley

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Illustration Friday: Disguise

I am on vacation this week, but I am still dedicated to my latest venture of participating in Illustration Friday! I was very lucky that my in-laws have a scanner so I could participate while out of town. This week's topic is "Disguise." I didn't want to do something really obvious, so I tried to make it slightly more subtle. And I am still trying to grow my children's book portfolio pieces, so I wanted to do something that could fit into that genre. This is pretty rough as the paper in my sketchbook isn't that conducive for watercolor. I'd like to re-work and re-fine this piece when I get back home. But I thought it was fun even though it's rough.

Thanks for looking, let me know what you think.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Illustration Friday

This week's topic: Influence
By Jessixa Bagley

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Sundays of drawing

Every Sunday my husband and I go to coffee and draw. We will work on projects, just stuff for fun or practice, sometimes freelance work. There is usually a Jumble break involved and if we have an extra $2, banana bread for me.

Today I drew this truck that was parked across the street. I find that drawing cars, trucks, and other machinery is very hard. I assume it has something to do with the fact that I am a girl. It's easier if I tell myself that than just merely I can't figure out how to draw these things. Anyway, this one turned out pretty good I think. Yes I know the tires are too small. I'm telling myself it's a low-rider or some sort of pimped ride that requires tiny wheels. It's a Dodge in case you were wondering. I forgot to write the words on the tailgate. At least I know what a tailgate is.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Nice to see you again!

Hello world!
I haven't updated my blog in quite a looooooong time
as there are about 7 million ways of communicating socially. But I'm back up and running and will be updating regularly! So here are my latest adventures over the past 8 months, just to catch you up:

--I am currently working on my first graphic novel (I say 'first' because I already want to make more!). It's called Diary of a Wiener. It's a graphic memoir of my life mixed in with some dreams, memories, and daily life.

--I just launched my latest website: a website dedicated to the cartoons from my visual diary, Diary of a Wiener, that I have been doing for the past seven and a half years. This was what helped inspire my graphic novel.

--I have been back making French Lessons, a comic written by my friend Alex Allred and drawn by moi. The comic teaches very random French phrases through food doing weird things. French Lessons has appeared multiple times in Seattle's The Stranger weekly newspaper.

--I participated in The Seattle Weekly's Artopia event (to raise money for the local organization Coyote Central) by painting a newspaper box that is now located by the Space Needle!

--I just returned from my first SCBWI conference in L.A. and what an amazing experience that was! I learned so much, heard and met amazing writers and illustrators, met great new friends and future colleagues! In a nutshell it blew my mind. I am so excited to really throw myself into the career I've always wanted to get into: writing and illustrating great picture books! So look out world! (The above picture is the desert from our luncheon: a chocolate book FILLED with delicious cream and berries! It was their 40th Anniversary of having the conference! ) This was the best birthday present I could have ever given myself!

What's to come?
-Like I said, I am working on my first graphic novel, so you'll have to look out for that. You can't rush something like this, so it could be a while. It's been close to 9 months since I started it, so we'll just have to see how much longer it takes!

- Future updates on where I am at with my picture book adventure and the like!

-A new website! YAY! I'm pretty excited for that! My WONDERFUL and talented husband, Aaron Bagley, is helping me re-design my website, so it's more focused and better functioning, but don't worry, it will still have hotdogs! So stay tuned for that as well!

Thanks so much for everyone's continued support and I look forward to updating you more on m happenings!

See you in the funny pages!