Cookie Thief

cookie-thief-kitchen-baking-fall-kondrichThis piece started out as a random sketch of the cutest little girl I saw in the LaGuardia airport this summer. Once I was home I finished up the drawing and voila! A nice, new children’s illustration. I think I may use this piece as a fall mailer.

Don’t those cookies look swell? It’s making me want to do some baking this afternoon.

 

 

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Hatch! For IF: Chicken


 

 

This is a piece I have been working on for months! Here is a previous post with some progress shots. The original sketch of this was created for Illustration Friday and now the finished product is also an Illustration Friday piece! Life and other projects got in the way of this one for much too long and when I came back to it I was a bit wishy washy on how I wanted to color it. The decision has now been made and the piece is finished!

You can purchase a print of this piece over on Society6 as well.

They Draw & Cook Holiday Recipe


If you haven’t heard of They Draw & Cook, you should go check it out right now! I love food. I love eating it, smelling it, cooking it, or just looking at it so I was excited to discover TD&C. If you haven’t visited the sight yet (shame on you), it’s a blog dedicated to illustrated recipes. They recently accepted entries for a book they will be publishing and today was the deadline for a holiday recipe contest. The above illustration is my entry into the contest. Click on the image to enlarge. This illustration also fits in with this week’s Illustration Friday topic: “Savour.”

My recipe was inspired by the lovely Sandra Dieckmann who mentioned she was making a Pumpkin & Potato Soup with Sausage. Before she could get me the recipe I had cobbled one together from various pumpkin soup recipes and with a little help from my husband who is the real cook around here. It turned out to be quite delicious and reasonably simple to put together.

The illustration was inspired by my good friends. When I first moved to NYC I lived with 3 lovely ladies in an apartment in Washington Heights. We were all from the midwest, so we often spent Thanksgiving together. We would grocery shop, take a walk around our neighborhood, cook a lavish, rich meal complete with the heaviest cheese we could find (usually triple creme brie), drink, and play Scrabble. The illustration is based on our kitchen there and it gives me a warm, fuzzy feeling thinking back to those days.

Enjoy the recipe and if you make it, please let me know how it goes!

IF: Beneath

I didn’t have time to do a finished piece for Illustration Friday this week, but I’ve missed participating so I thought I would go ahead and enter this Halloween themed sketch. The best candy is always at the bottom of the bucket!

In the same sketching session I came up with this very random drawing. I think it stems from my desire to participate in the They Draw & Cook project but I don’t have any original recipes to provide. This crazy cook came jumping onto the page after a week and a half of working a temp desk job. I think being confined, once again, to a work day has jump started my brain. I got comfortable not working all day after we moved but now I have a new appreciation for the days when I could work on illustration all day.

Chaotic Life

 

I hate it when I go for a snack and there’s a giant panda in my way…

 

We are now a week and half from moving out of our apartment and 6 weeks from officially moving to Denver. Needless to say, life is a bit chaotic right now. Fortunately, I have lots of exciting news to share.

I’m almost finished with my short children’s story, “The Panda in the Pantry” that I have been teasing (sneak peek above) and will hopefully have a lot more information to share about in August. Also, last week I was hired for two magazine editorial illustrations which are my first real illustration jobs. This is particularly exciting because one of my goals for this year was to have my work printed in a publication. 

I’m feeling good about the possibility of continued freelance work when we arrive in Denver and I’m starting to send out promo materials to art directors there. I’m still looking for a job there, either part or full-time, so if you have any leads you want to send my way, they would be much appreciated.

The last year has been so crazy but all my hard work is starting to pay off. When I first began my journey into illustration it felt like such a huge uphill battle and it definitely is, but it’s nowhere near an impossible battle. If you’re determined to succeed and put in the work, it will happen. I recently purchased Thomas James’ new eBook “15 Steps to Freelance Illustration” and although I don’t have time now to go through it, once I get to Denver I will be following those steps to insure that the business I have built so far continues to grow. The book looks amazine and I would definitely recommend picking up a copy if you are starting to build an illustration business.

IF: Slither

This little guy wants to be the drum major so badly. Unfortunately, he can’t march but can only slither!

Finally, I get to participate in Illustration Friday again. I’ve been so busy with other projects that I haven’t had the time or leftover creative energy to create something new just for fun. Last night, after being inspired by Colonel Windpipe’s Musical Brigade, being headed up by artists Lesley Barnes and Uberkraaft, this little guy wiggled out of my brain. I know it’s a bit cliched to draw a snake for the topic “Slither” but he was a lot of fun to draw.

IF: Cocoon

I’m letting another illustration do double-duty for this week’s Illustration Friday topic, “Cocoon.” Unfortunately, I haven’t had much time for the weekly competition but wanted to show how much I enjoy participating! This is a piece I originally did for the topic “Entangled.”

IF: Subterranean

This week for Illustration Friday I decided to create this image of pandas in their den.  I have a panda-related idea for a children’s picture book that I would like to explore so I’ve been itching to paint something featuring pandas.  This isn’t as finished as I would have liked, but I really wanted to get it in under the wire!

I also have some good news to share with all of my blog readers.  My fiance, Chris, was accepted to the University of Denver’s PhD program in Creative Writing!  Chris and I will be moving to Denver this summer!  I’m so proud of him and we’re both thrilled.  Denver is a beautiful city and we’ve both felt ready to leave New York City for awhile now.  Now to start my job search!

IF: Perspective

Here is my entry for Illustration Friday this week. Even the cutest, fluffiest creatures can be terrifying depending on your perspective!

I was a little ill this weekend, so I took the opportunity to rest up and get some more digital painting practice in.  It’s working for me so far and I’m pretty confident that I will be coloring most of my work this way in the future.  I also wanted to practice doing a little chick because my “Hatch” drawing is still in progress and I was curious to see how the chick would come out digitally.

IF: Muddy

Here is my entry for this week’s Illustration Friday topic: Muddy.  I had intended for it to also be a Valentine’s Day image – the mud was supposed to look like a heart, but it didn’t quite turn out that way.

While I’m loving every minute of my digital painting class, I’m also feeling like I don’t have enough time to devote to my own drawing.  I’m doing lots of sketching and doodling, but I haven’t finished anything in a while.  I guess for now I just need to accept the fact that I don’t have the kind of drawing time I’d like to have.  I’m in the middle of a time-consuming class and I’m also putting the finishing touches on wedding plans for April!  It’s only mid-February and my goal of having my portfolio where I want it by the end of this year is still absolutely achievable.  Maybe for the next two months I need to focus more on having fun with my work and experimenting with new techniques and after the wedding I can focus more on portfolio pieces.