Monday, December 31, 2012

Monday, November 5, 2012

The Great Pumpkin

 All summer we'd almost forgotten about the giant pumpkin vine growing behind the rows of corn, so it was a surprise when this giant showed up! At about a foot and a half in diameter it really is a giant. Such an impressive pumpkin couldn't be wasted on a regular jack-o-lantern face . . . .

I looked around for carving inspiration in the style of Arthur Rackham's silhouettes and came up with this dragon silhouette by Aaron Pocock (visit his site for more great artwork!)

My sister and I decided would be perfect if we added a castle to wrap around the width of the pumkin, and set to work with our super-specialized carving tools . . . that is, x-acto knives and kitchen spoons.

A few hours and a high-powered light later (the walls are so thick that a candle wouldn't do the trick!) the dragon was ready to guard our front door.

There's another pumpkin waiting in the kitchen . . . I think Cinderella's carriage might be on its way.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Mrs. Gibson's Dinner Party

Roger did not change his attitude or remove his hand from the back of his chair, and, impelled by curiosity to find out the cause of his stillness, she looked up at him at length, and saw his gaze fixed on the two who were near the piano.

Busy sketching . . .

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Penrod's Friendly Letter (IF: Teacher)

The teacher calls on him, and Penrod realizes too late 
that the "friendly letter" he swiped from his sister's desk was written to her beau...

Just a quick pencil sketch--I'm planning to come back and add some color. If you've never read Booth Tarkington's "Penrod" series, you are truly missing out. (Says the unbiased bibliophile.) :)

Thursday, July 26, 2012

They Draw and Cook: Herbes de Provence

Busy summer . . . but I did find time to illustrate a new recipe for They Draw and Cook.
(Here's my other recipe illustration which was included in the TDAC cookbook!)

Inked linework--her look is at least slightly inspired by folk costumes from Provence

Digital color in Corel Painter X

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Under the Rose Bush (IF: Refresh)

Graphite & Digital Color
On hot summer days nothing is more refreshing than sitting in a cool shadow.

Monday, June 4, 2012

A new banner/background set . . .

. . . for my sewing pattern site, Hint of History!
The combination of inked linework and digital coloring/editing is one of my current favorites.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

IF: Jump

I have fond and squelchy memories of jumping from hummock to hummock in our swamp. 
The marsh marigolds are blooming--spring is here!
 After a very defined and digital picture earlier today (The Pinner), 
I felt like some soft colored pencils--which unfortunately did not want to cooperate with the scanner!

The Pinner

Ah, pinterest--who has not succumbed? 
This is for certain of my pinmaniac friends; you can see the gleam in her eyes that says,  
"Pin ALL the things!" 
 Pencil sketch     Traced in ink & converted to bitmap   Digitally colored

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

What I've been up to...

Liz Monahan's fun artwork inspired me to look into ceramic painting. 
(Check out her Etsy shop--as an artist and a bibliophile, I love it!)

My sister--who feels destined to marry a millionaire--requested a mug with this quote...
 I've never been a millionaire, but I just know I'd be darling at it.
--Dorothy Parker

...and this was a birthday gift for a good friend
(who, incidentally, was not offended by the tongue-in-cheek quote) :)
A woman, especially, if she have the misfortune of knowing anything, 
should conceal it as well as she can.
--Jane Austen, "Northanger Abbey"

In other creative news, my 1912 Kimono Dress pattern for 18" dolls
 is now available at Hint of History and my Etsy Shop
(What's that you say? I've watched too much Downton Abbey? Impossible!)

Monday, April 23, 2012

People think six a great many

Pencil Sketch
I have often noticed that people think six a great many, when it's children. 
I mean they don't mind six pairs of boots, or six pounds of apples, or six oranges, especially in equations, 
but they seem to think you ought not to have five brothers and sisters.

Yes, I'm illustrating Nesbit again. Ever since I discovered Edith Nesbit wrote more than The Railway Children, I've been a dedicated fan.

The Treasure seekers, with Oswald's semi-anonymous narrative voice, is one of the best--at least, C.S. Lewis enjoyed it; have you noticed the Bastable reference in the beginning of The Magician's Nephew?

(If you've never read or listened to Edith Nesbit, you should do it now! She's near the top of my list--ergo, by a convoluted bit of reasoning, I can equate "top" with "height" and justify this as an Illustration Friday post for "Heights". Makes perfect sense, no?) :)

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Lady Clare watercolor

Pen & ink, watercolor
Here's the Lady Clare sketch inked and watercolored--and with a digitally corrected spelling mistake
(Roland to Ronald--I'm conveniently blaming it on dyslexia.) :)

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Lady Clare sketch (if: Intention)

Pencil sketch; I plan to finish it in ink and watercolor
Lady Clare had no intention of keeping Lord Ronald ignorant of the truth . . . 

I've long been planning to do some illustrations from Tennyson's poem Lady Clare; though it can't compete with J.W. Waterhouse's painting (left) I'm quite happy with the results so far.
[Here's the finished Lady Clare watercolor!]

In other news, today The Really-Truly Princess Test was showcased on The Children's Book Review!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Whose turn for the telescope? (IF: Popularity)

Ink & Watercolor
The telescope proved to be as popular as Aunt Kitty could have wished--until it was accidentally dropped overboard.
(I'm not completely sure, but I think this may be the same Aunt Kitty . . . )

Speaking of popularity [cue shameless self-promotion], here are a few new places to find me online:

You can follow me on tumblr!

I started a youtube channel (check out my book trailer!)

My new book available at The Illustrated Selection (there are Kindle and Nook versions, too!)

Moon Dreamer is part of the Illuniverse project!

Thursday, February 9, 2012

The Really-Truly Princess Test: New eBook!

Finished: a personal writing/illustration project I've been playing with on and off for several months!

It's been a fun learning experience: putting the story and illustrations together, formatting and submitting the files for Kindle, Nook and PDF, and making the book trailer.

The Really-Truly Princess Test

Rosellen is just an ordinary little girl, except for one thing: Her parents are the King and Queen, so she's a Princess. Or is she? Using the story of "The Princess and the Pea" as a guide, Rosellen is determined to answer the question once and for all--with surprisingly messy results! The book features over 20 full-color illustrations and is an engaging read-aloud story for ages 6-10.

Kindle Version    |   Nook Version   |   PDF Version

Excerpt: "The Princess and the Pea"

Free Coloring Sheets!

Book Trailer

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Edwin & Rosa (IF: Suspense)

Pen & ink with ink wash

Edwin and Rosa say goodbye; 
Edwin never tells her about the ring in his pocket.

Today is Charles Dickens' 200th birthday.
He died before completing The Mystery of Edwin Drood, 
so we are left in unending suspense . . .
Is Edwin dead? 
What do you think?

Saturday, January 28, 2012

The Little Dressmaker (if: Forward)

Pencil with digital color

The Footman and the Little Dressmaker from Eleanor Farjeon's story, "The Little Dressmaker." Here she models the Duchess's sunbeam gown--but she must look forward to tomorrow's ball and hurry home to finish the next dress!

This is my first Illustration Friday post for 2012.