This past November’s issue of Chirp magazine celebrated the Jungle! So they commissioned me to do a theme-appropriate twist on the board game classic snakes and ladders: Snakes ‘n Vines – climb up the vines and hope you don’t have to slither down a snake! Apparently the original snakes and ladders game came about as a way to reinforce moral teachings, originating somewhere in Northern India or Nepal. Who knew? If you’d like to see more of my portfolio, you can see it all here! xo
My first magazine cover! On newsstands now, babybug magazine’s January 2017 issue has my snowy illustration on the cover – and for the cute poem “On the Swing” inside 🙂 If you spot it on a shelf somewhere, do me a favour and take a snap, email to email@example.com? It’s hard to find here in Canada. Thanks in advance!! xo
Repeat client Yeamoonsa Bien House, an educational publishing house in South Korea, gave me this wacky and adorable story to illustrate. It’s about a restaurant run by animals, and the food is HORRIBLE. Nobody is happy. So, the staff go on a hunt for “The Best Chef”. Each applicant has his or her own specialty (unfortunately the silly quail’s specialty is worms – yuck!), and they all really want to help. In the end, of course the solution is teamwork, and the animals learn that, together, “We are all the BEST CHEF!”
To see more of my anthropomorphic animal art and some more appetizing food art as well, please check out my portfolio. Bon appetit!
This fun book I illustrated for Miles Kelly in the UK, The Elephant’s Child, by Rudyard Kipling, recently became available for purchase: Order The Elephant’s Child.
It’s a “Just So” story and tells the story of how the elephant got his super useful and stylish long trunk – previously he just had a fat little piggy nose, apparently! It was a treat to illustrate all the cute characters and the African scenery including the Great Grey Green Greasy Limpopo!
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
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