I Spy! New work for South Korean publisher

2 Jun

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Over the past few months I’ve received several commissions from South Korean educational publisher Yeamoonsa Bien House. Here are a few illustrations from my favourite – I Spy! Really, what could be more fun than illustrating a bunch of goofy cows in astronaut suits (which is actually KIND OF a real thing, it turns out)? I’m working on another equally fun project for Bien House right now – hope to be able to share it later on this year. I can only give one hint now: NO WORMS!!!

For more from my portfolio, pop on by my site. xo

xoxo

12 Feb

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Just a short and sweet note to say Happy Valentine’s Day to all my readers – I love all 4 of you very, very much😉  xoxo

More new greeting card illustrations can be seen on my site at http://www.w-illo.com/portfolio

 

5-Minute Stories – See it come together!

4 Feb

If you’re a parent, you know sometimes by the time your kid is ready for bed, you’re ready to crash, too. AND they want a story. AND you can’t read this one EVERY night. If you’re like me, most of the time you love reading to your child – it’s been one of my favourite things about being a mom and now that my daughter’s 7.5 I can see it’s helped her grow into an enthusiastic dedicated reader, which is awesome… but when I’m the one doing the reading TO her, sometimes it’s nice to have a quick go-to 5-minute story. Which is why my lovely U.K. client Miles Kelly’s series of 5- and 10-minute story anthologies are so handy-dandy to have on the bookshelf.

It was fun and VERY challenging to create this intricate book cover illustration. It had to form a distinct number 5, all made up of images from a long list of fairy and traditional tales. Pulling it all together was a tricky puzzle, so I made a wee stop motion video to show the process. Complete with reluctant piggy!

And here’s the completed number 5, along with a few of my favourite details. Not sure when this one is going to be available for sale, but I will post an update when it is🙂

If you’d like to see more of my portfolio, you’re always welcome at www.w-illo.com. xoxo

 

Unexpected Stories

14 Jan

Last fall I had the fun job of creating illustrations for a series of four books for toddlers – each with an “unexpected story” about a cute and goofy animal character: a bear, a tiger, a dog and an elephant. This was a huge lot of work but the client, Yoyo Books, was a dream to work with, leaving the creative wide open. The stories have very little text so rely upon facial expressions and changing environments to show how the characters are reacting to their wacky adventures. Here’s a small selection of my fave illustrations from the series.

As always, you can see more on my website. Hope your day has been the GOOD kind of “unexpected story”!

 

The Ispot Year in Review

7 Jan

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I was thrilled to be included in illustration site the Ispot’s Year in Review! In their “Design” section, they chose to highlight my very fun project from early last year for Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital. Read all about it here. Thanks, Ispot team!

Festive Badgers for the Holidays!

17 Dec

It’s that time again, I can’t believe how quickly it comes up every year! I’ve just been scrambling to get my holiday cards out. This year, I’m all about the badgers. And after I did the card, I thought why not try to do an allover pattern, since these little characters might look nice on some wrapping paper.

And since every time I hear the word “Badger” I think of that nasty little %&#$ honey badger, I’ll leave you with this traditional holiday treat (warning: dirty words and other nastiness) (for me it never gets old!)

See more of my illustrations here🙂

Big and Small: Sneak Peek

11 Dec

This fall I had a really fun project to work on – a book called Big and Small, God Made Them All, by a new author, Benjamin Wilder. The text is fun and zippy and manages to sum up all the wonder of this world for a child in just a handful of rhyming couplets. The brief was wide open, so it was just a blast to come up with images to complement the words and play on the idea of big things and small things. The book launches early in the new year, but I’ve been given the go ahead to show a few of the illustrations a bit early – so, here you go!

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