Monday, May 28, 2012


I just finished this piece this weekend as well. A couple of mischievous wombats unraveling their scarves. There were many iterations of the fella with the blue scarf. I have to say I am very appreciative of forgiving watercolor paper and good watercolors! Originally he was going to look just like his friend, but I wanted to composition to be more dynamic. So I changed the scarf to yellow, like ketchup and mustard (also good name ideas for the characters I thought). But the yellow scarf was too hard to see. Then the yellow scarf became green- like ketchup and relish (also good names). Not dynamic enough, and slightly too holiday colored. Then he found his blue scarf, no food/name relation here, but he had and orange sweater. Clashed too much into the other colors. THEN he had a yellow sweater- still not right and too primary color looking. Finally, I decided he got up that morning to put on his blue scarf and green sweater. Phew! What a wishy washy wombat. But that right there is a good name for a children's book! Hmm...

Illustration Friday: Faded

Hey everyone!
I'm getting back into the swing of things post vacation and I wanted to catch up with my IF entries. This week's topic is "faded" but in a way my illustration works for last week's topic "sight" as well. I sort of feel like this illustration says that Mr. Mole here has found something in his hole, but for numerous reasons, he can't see what it is.  I drew and water colored the piece by hand, but in Photoshop I enhance the lighting a little differently on the second one around the lamp. What do you think? Also, I've also added my illustration for a few week's back with "jump" was the theme. Enjoy! Let me know what you think!

Mole version 1:
Mole version 2:
Illustration from IF theme "Jump." 

Hold on little guy!!!

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Painting wombats

Hey everyone
I've been very m.i.a. lately, but I've been out of town and caught between a million things! I will update on my trip over the weekend, but for now I am painting wombats. More to come...

Saturday, May 5, 2012

I don't want to get up!

Hey everyone!
Here is a quick little piece that I did a couple of weeks ago that I hadn't posted yet. This little guy does not want to get out of bed. I know the feeling most mornings. Any thoughts?

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

The Picture Book Proclamation

Hey picture bookers!
In case you haven't seen this, you need to. It's a proclamation by a group of writers and illustrators (the best currently out there in my opinion) and their commitment to making the best picture books imaginable. This is what I follow in my quest to make great books! I hope it's what we all will follow!