Tag Archives: children’s books

Oxford University Press – The Water Well

21 Nov

Earlier this year I had the pleasure of working with Oxford University Press in the U.K. on their All About Us progam – a six-level primary course for the mainstream segment of Spanish schools. They asked me to illustrate “The Water Well”, a cute story about kids taking initiative, showing compassion and using ingenuity to find a way to raise the water level in a dry well and help some thirsty animals. It features a cute baby hedgehog and a baby meerkat, so what’s not to love? LW_feeding-apple-hedgehog_1000LW_meerkat-following_1000LW_OUP_girl-hedgehog-circle_1000LW_OUP_peeking-over_1000LW_OUP_spots-grid_1000LW_OUP_worried-wading_1000

If you’d like to see more of my illustrations, or if you have a story to tell, hopefully featuring more baby animals, and you need an illustrator – check out my portfolio here.

Thanks! xo

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A Whole Bunch of New Stuff :)

20 Sep

Happy September!

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For Discovery House – spot illustrations of kids having adventures 🙂

I’ve been terribly behind in updating with new work, so here’s a big catch up. A whole bunch of new stuff!
It’s been a busy few months, but I am hoping for some fun new commissions. If you’d like to work together, drop me a line here:

You can always view my complete portfolio here.
xo
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Thank You card – available for licensing

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Highlights magazine – Cows in a Car!

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For Milledeux, for a promo for a trade show in Los Angeles

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Spot illustrations for Milledeux – Used as patterns on phone cases and for enamel pins

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For Discovery House – Kids facing challenges

Back to School with Chirp Magazine

12 Sep
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Chirp magazine Sept. issue

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Marvin’s Monkey Bars

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The “Everybody Bars”

Chirp, Owlkids’ magazine for 3- to 6-year-olds, commissioned me to illustrate the cute story “Marvin’s Monkey Bars” for their September issue. Marvin the monkey thinks the monkey bars should be ONLY for monkeys (i.e., himself, as he seems to be the only monkey at this school) – hence the name. But after a little solo time on “his” bars, he realizes playtime is more fun with friends, and decides to call his favourite part of the playground the “everybody bars”! An important lesson – everyone belongs – learned early on by most, but sadly not all, kids.

If you’d like to check out more of my illustrations, have a look here. Thanks!

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!

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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