Wednesday, April 20, 2011

New Work, New Client

Hi guys! I just wrapped illustrating a short story for Houghton Mifflin Harcourt's Story Town series. The story is about a girl who is self-conscious about her hearing aid but through new friendships and basketball she gains the confidence to be herself. :)
I've never illustrated kids playing basketball before, so that was new! Here are the 6 finished pieces:

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Slumberland Studio's New Home

Yippee! My husband and I and our two kitties successfully moved this past Saturday. With the help of our families, we were unpacked and completely set up within 24 hours. We are super happy in our new place (a three-floor townhouse condo in small-town Slatersville, RI). We have over 2100 square feet (quite an upgrade from our last apartment which was about 1200), and the entire third floor finished basement level is our new studio and reading library.

 Lucky for me I was set up in time to get right to work on Monday. I'm in the middle of the project I mentioned last time and working in this new studio is a really nice change. I feel so organized and ready to be productive!

Here is a peek at my process using the first of the final pieces for the short story about a girl with a hearing aid who plays basketball. More to come this week.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Aiming High

I'm just begining a new project this week illustrating a short story for Houghton Mifflin Harcourt's Story Town educational program series. (In brief: it involves drawing lots of girls playing basketball). I'm always excited to work with new clients and I hope the project goes well. It's been a couple of months without working so I'm ready to get back in gear but I'm also out of artistic shape. I generally fatigue faster than before and my attention span is challenged but I have a new-found resolve not to let my health disrupt my work flow any further. I'm moving as slow as a turtle but there's nothing like a quick turnaround job from an educational publisher to keep me on my toes.

In other news--
I'm moving this Saturday and although I am about 99% pure excitement about it, there's still a bit of sadness in leaving my Somerville surrogate home of three years. Boston has been a great city for my husband and I and it will be bittersweet to close this first chapter of our lives together. So many great memories have happened since we've been here: new jobs, new friends, an engagement, a wedding, cats, and now a chance to follow my dream of being an artist. When we moved in together in 2008 we were such city noobs. And now just as we've got our city legs we're leaving for the middle of nowhere Rhode Island! LOL :P

But the new place has some SERIOUS space and I can NOT wait to get settled into our awesome new studio! BRING ON CHAPTER 2--'cause I'm ready to get to work!

Fairy Tale Treasury

Yippee! The fairy tales treasury for which I illustrated the cover (I didn't do any interiors) is finally available! It's a nice collection of illustrated stories and the cover plays a song and lights up when you press it. It's published by Publications International and available to purchase for $15.95 through