Monday, July 21, 2014

WORK WORK WORK!

Wow - another month gone by and no blogging! I am still soooooo busy! Let's see if I can preview some of the madness going on around here!



First of all my BRAND NEW book was released this month! It's a follow up to the wonderfully successful book Wash Your Face In Orange Juice featuring songs from the one and only: Peter Combe. 

Obviously it comes with a CD of his songs too.

I really loved working on this one. It's full of more great characters and the colours really POP!











Another new release this month is this latest Ella & Olivia. (Actually the title was released as FLOWER POWER so this image needs updating!)






(I am sure I say this every time but this one is my favourite one in the series so far!)
I have completed another one and a half new Ella & Olivia books since this release, so it's great to keep this wonderful series ticking along!


I am also working on an exciting new (secret) project that has been taking up all of my time of late. I am really enjoying all of the new challenges that this project brings and it's allowed me to get a bit more 'hands-on' to create hand drawn artwork using markers and pens. Here's the tiniest teaser of some reject roughs!




What else?...I have more READERS underway....I work on these in lots of five at a time, so it's quite time consuming too. These latest batch of stories are particularly charming and have created some really fun illustration opportunities. (Am loving the snails at the moment!)







...and more?...I can't give too much away on this one either, but I have a series of kids activity sheets that I really need to get done soon too!...if only I did not HAVE TO SLEEP!



...and then there's my most important (and FULL TIME!) job. My gorgeous girls! Aren't they delightful?! 



So do you see why I don't get a lot of blogging time?...and I wouldn't have it any other way! I feel so lucky!

...oh and the Lilla Rogers Bootcamp assignments? A distant memory. Something had to give and unfortunately it was the course. I hope I can get back to completing some of the work in my own time. Lilla is also launching her amazing GLOBAL TALENT SEARCH next month. I would love to have a go at this one, (just for the experience) but I am really not sure I can squeeze it in!!! Maybe next year??!!...must go...more work to do! x

Friday, June 13, 2014

Studio Glimpse


I have had a really strange couple of weeks. While I did manage to finish off some new Ella & Olivia artwork, as well as some new design concepts for a brand new chapter book series I am working on, I also had a bit of of a creative block to overcome. 

Usually when I have been working too hard I tend to then move so far in the other direction that I can't even look at anything creative! I had to just go with that feeling a bit and I actually missed  a couple of other deadlines this week. Fortunately I have some very understanding clients that I have been working with for many years who totally respected this, but I will have to put in some serious hours over the weekend to catch up.

I have not even been able to get back into the Lilla Rogers projects, but this week she did challenge us to share our work spaces with each other in the facebook group, so it motivated me to tidy up a bit and share a few pics with you. 






Here's a few bits and pieces I picked up at a local market over the weekend. I am dreaming of having some time to do some crafty work....one day?!

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

The month that was....


I finally joined Playgroup Australia this month and when the latest copy of their magazine arrived, I was delighted to spot this little feature on one of my books! I still get a buzz out of this sort of thing!

On the work front, it's been another crazy month. There have been some great projects in this latest batch of work (but of course I can't share any of it here), and with no time for the Lilla Rogers projects (boot camp started back this month) I don't have much imagery to share with you!

I guess it's good to be busy, but it's been a bit full on lately - and of course our little one is teething at the moment. She used to be a pretty good sleeper, but lately she is so unsettled.....it's exhausting! 

We have also had a milestone birthday in the family this month - which turned into a couple of big weekends of celebration (including a pretty luxurious weekend away in Sydney.)


All fabulous of course, but not much time to get any work done! There have been so many late nights and I am pretty exhausted at the moment. I have given myself the night off tonight, so must hurry off to bed to attempt some catch up sleep!! Good night all.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Two weeks of madness

Phew! Another two weeks gone by within the blink of an eye. Things went a little quiet here, but only because I have been so crazy busy. Would you believe I even missed the last two weeks of the Lilla Rogers course!? It was all for a good cause. I had the opportunity to create some work for a new market for me (funnily enough it was one of the markets I missed participating in during the course!!) Anyway, it was very short notice and a lot of work in a short time frame, but I am so glad it's done. Just a shame I can't share it here.

Anyway, I will be playing catch up on the assignments (bootcamp also started this week) but I still have a lot of freelance work to get through, so I will have to see how things go.

Amidst the craziness I also decided to move rooms around again and have taken over the largest bedroom in the house for my studio! It's amazing to have so much space. I also stole the dining table so that I can have more table space and not have to pack up my computer stuff every time I want to sketch and draw. (And yes - we will need a new dining table now!!) I will post a photo of my new space if I can ever get it tidy! My eldest daughter is also excited about this room as she calls it our craft room! She's such a fan of crafts - and now we have the space to make things whenever we want.


Here's a bit of a peek...yes that is a Wacom Cintiq on my desk. I am sure you wont believe me when I tell you that I have had it for almost four years and never used it!!! Lots of reasons why, but they don't matter. Here it is and I love it. (If you are not sure what it is, I can basically draw directly onto the screen with the pen.) This is a much more natural way to draw on a computer and there's so much I want to try with it....if I can ever get some spare time!

Sorry for the lack of images this time around, but I have just received some advance copies of two of my brand new books, so I will post some details here shortly, but for now I have LOTS of sleep to catch up on...

Sunday, April 20, 2014

MATS B WEEK 3 SCRAP BOOKING ASSIGNMENT




This weeks Assignment was for the Scrap Booking Market. This is not an area I am familiar with at all and I did not get much time to spend on it, but here it is none the less! Our mini assignment was to draw and explore ink bottles, then our Assignment was to create a Vintage Correspondence Collection for the Scrap Booking Market - not really my thing, so I just had fun with it this week.





Sunday, April 13, 2014

MATS B ASSIGNMENT: WEEK 2 BABY APPAREL


No time for chit chat tonight. Lots of work to do. But here's my assignment for MATS B WEEK 2 Baby Apparel. 





I really loved this week, and I have been looking forward to it since I signed up. It made me realise how much I have missed designing for this category. It's an area I need to get back into.

Monday, April 7, 2014

MATSB WEEK 1: PAPER


I have just completed the first week of the next round of the Lilla Rogers MAKE ART THAT SELLS (PART B) course. This weeks topic was Gingerbread houses, and the assignment was to create a Card in the "Holiday" Theme.

I don't have the luxury of putting my freelance work on hold this time around, so I have been crazy busy lately.

One of my projects this week was a series of activity sheets for kids, so when it came time to sit down and do my assignment, it seemed a natural flow on, to create a more fun and interactive card. 


Actually, this concept has sparked a flood of ideas along this line and I hope to put together a collection in this theme...(in my free time?!)