Thursday, January 1, 2015

happy new year!!


can you believe that it's 2015 already? wowsers. I'm not one for new years resolutions, too easy to forget, break, realize they were completely unrealistic... all by February. But I guess everyone has a few things they hope to work on and improve at. Last year I said I wanted to use traditional media, and I kinda started using it again (thanks inktober!), just not in any real jobs, but that's a start, right? For Christmas, my husband surprised me with a cintiq! Quite the surprise and needless to say a big leap for someone who has only ever used a laptop and mouse. Soooooooo, I definitely have to resolve to learn how to use it. It's kinda intimidating at the moment, so if anyone has any tips or advice on getting started with it, particularly in illustrator, I'd love to hear from you! Seems like the opposite of last years traditional media goal, but I'm really hoping it will speed up my pace. The pen tool may be precise, but it's a real mind number.

Anyway, here's to a happy and healthy 2015 to all...make it a good one! cheers!

Monday, December 22, 2014

Pixar Times!


I was fortunate to be asked by the uber-talented Jerrod Maruyama to do the December Pixart piece. Since it happens to be the 50th anniversary of Rudolph, I thought it might be fun to do a Toy Story/Up/Rudolph mashup! There were a ton of possibilities here.

If you are a fan of Pixar (and who isn't?), it's a great site to follow to keep up on the latest Pixar news… check it out here

Saturday, December 20, 2014

FREE merry merry memory game!

As the days get closer keep 'm occupied with a rousing memory game! Download your free printable over at happy happy art collective and merry christmas!


Sunday, December 14, 2014

the power of santa... freebie download!


if you've ever been around kids with less than 2 weeks to go before Christmas, you know what I'm talking about. Sheer pandemonium, chaos, Christmas crazies… need I go on? Desperate times call for desperate measures and there is no more powerful parental behavioral tool than the big man himself. Creepy as it may sound, they all know the song..."better watch out, better not cry, better not pout, I'm telling you why…" Use the power of Santa! Hang the chart and keep track of all the good stuff,  reward them with stickers and watch the tree get decorated as your sanity returns! Then leave the chart out for Santa to see while he eats your milk and cookies and maybe he will even leave his autograph! Head on over to happy happy art collective where you can download the files here!

keep track of good deeds with tally marks!

for every 3 tally marks, let 'em have a present or star sticker!


hopefully, by Christmas eve, their tree will look something like this!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

at long last… DAY 40 of 40 DAYS OF LETTERING!


This was one of those projects where maybe I should have made it more like 30 days or even 20. I'm embarrassed to say how long this thing has gone on! And by the end, I felt like the last one should be some sort of momentous grand finale of sorts, making me procrastinate all the more, which was hardly the intent of the whole thing in the first place! Instead, I've just settled for an ending… grand or not. Anyway, I'm glad I did it, but more glad that I finished it (finally….)

Monday, December 8, 2014

Santa's got quite the wardrobe these days...


Today is day 8 of 24 days of free holiday downloads over at happy happy art collective, and who doesn't need a santa paper doll to make your advent complete? Head on over to the HHAC blog to download the big man and his entire wardrobe :)




Saturday, December 6, 2014

get your freebie santa fortune teller!


Here's my contribution to happy happy art collective's 24 days of free holiday downloads. 
Head over there to get your freebie and see what Santa has in store for you this Christmas! 
(here's hoping it's not fruitcake…)