First things first. I just completed an editorial illustration for a business article in the May issue of HOW Magazine! I can’t share the image just yet but I wanted to share the good news. One of my goals for this year was to have an illustration published in a national magazine and I didn’t imagine that it would happen so quickly.
Also, below are pictures of some goodies I’ve received recently. The first is this awesome wall calendar from You and Me, The Royal We. We hung this in a very prominent place. The second is a print from Sandra Dieckmann that is part of A Tale to Tell. I love the print and I’ll be participating in the project later this year.
It’s not quite a CPK comic, but obviously my husband and the dog have made another appearance. A few big projects have gotten in the way of my comics-making which has been frustrating, but I did manage to get this quick one done. It was drawn on a Moleskine folio sketchbook and I had some issues finding the right tool for drawing in it. I started the first panel with microns but they soaked in too much and when I erased pencil lines it lifted some of the ink. Then I switched to a Tachikawa School G Nip pen which worked a bit better, but it bleeds a little and it’s harder to get a super thick line. I think I’ll have to go with a dip pen for future projects in this particular book. I bought the book so I could collect all my comics in one place. Right now it seems silly but when it’s full of comics I know I’ll enjoy looking back through it.
Big news on the “8: A Kid’s Book Anthology” front! The long-awaited episosde of Chris Oatley’s Artcast featuring myself and the other anthology creators has been released! Go check it out to learn more about how we did it!
Another bit of related news is that the book is now available for digital download over at The Illustrated Section, created by Dani Jones. There you can purchase and download a PDF of the book. You get all the same great content at a fraction of the cost! Please check it out and definitely look around because she has a huge range of books for sale, including “Pest Control” by Mark Harmon, who contributed a story to the anthology.
After a month and a half learning WordPress and working with the Headway Theme, my new website is officially complete! There were many moments of frustration and times where I thought maybe I was in over my head, but somehow it all worked out.
I want to thank the lovely Jannie Ho and Tracy Bishop for all of their advice and encouragement with Headway. If it wasn’t for them, I probably wouldn’t have known about this great theme. I highly recommend it to those who are building new sites.
Also, I have to thank my husband, Chris. He had so many great ideas and he was there to help me nitpick until we had everything just right. I would barely have an illustration career if not for his support.
Please take a look around and let me know what you think!