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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! 

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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 🙂

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!

chirp-cover chirp-int-1 chirp-int-2 LW_chirp_animal-life-cycles_1000 LW_chirp-chicken_1000If you’d like to see more of my illustrations, have a peek at my website!