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Snakes ‘n Vines! Fun board game art for Chirp magazine

17 Jan

lw_snakes-n-vines_1000This 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? lw_jungle-spots_1000lw_snakes-n-vines_1000lw_snakes-n-vines_printed-samplelw_snakes-n-vines_start-corner1000If you’d like to see more of my portfolio, you can see it all here! xo

Snow fun! Babybug magazine cover and poetry spread

11 Jan

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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 laura@w-illo.com? It’s hard to find here in Canada. Thanks in advance!! xo

Happy Halloweeeeeen!!!

31 Oct

lw_halloween-candy-pattern_1000lw_trick-or-treat_1000Boo!! Hope it’s sweet and scary!

xo

The Elephant’s Child – New book for Miles Kelly

24 Oct

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.

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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! 

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”!

 

New Baby Animal Illustrations for Chirp Magazine

22 Jul

ispot_Chirp_chicken_thumbEarlier this spring, I was asked by Chirp Magazine to create some cute illustrations for a spread in their “Baby Animals” issue. This was fun! There are two puzzles – one asks kids to put the life stages of frogs, butterflies and dogs in order, and one has them count the eggs in the nests of various birds. I think they turned out great!

Chirp’s colourful issues contain tons of innovative stories, puzzles and activities for 3- to 6-year-olds. As I grew up with Owl Magazine (Chirp’s older sister), it was very cool to see my illustrations in this magazine!

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