Tag Archives: children’s books

New designs in my BoomBoom Prints shop… maternity tees, baby gear and more!

5 May

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Just a few of the newest designs for sale in my shop on BoomBoom Prints… and they also did a really nice Mother’s Day feature on me! Happy Mama’s Day to all the Mamas… xoxo

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Children’s Hospital Artwork Commission

28 Apr

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I find all illustration projects rewarding in some way (how fortunate am I to draw pictures all day?), but earlier this year I was lucky to receive one of the most rewarding jobs I’ve ever been involved in. Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital in Connecticut refreshed their art collection for their pediatric inpatient facility, and asked me to create four new pieces to be installed in a central hub.
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Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital offers cutting-edge therapies to kids long before these therapies are available throughout the US and elsewhere. In addition to medical innovation, they also place as much emphasis on a child’s emotional needs as they do on treating the illness – evidenced by the thoughtfulness and care they put into curating the art collection.
With the guidance and coordination skills of art consultant Nancy Samotis, the art committee commissioned all new work (2D and 3D) on the chosen theme of “travel/journey as a metaphor for the healing process”. The illustrations had to reflect that theme in some way, as well as provide a positive and uplifting atmosphere for the patients, who range in age from newborn to late teens.
This was a pretty wide open brief and so much fun to work with!
Here are the finished illustrations, as well as a few shots of the artwork installed. I had them printed as large giclees (36″ x 30″) here in Toronto by Tricera – they did a beautiful job!
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I hope these illustrations make the days a little bit brighter for the kids who spend time in this incredible facility!
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These illustrations will be available as prints for purchase in the near future in my Etsy shop, Janey’s Superette.
*Hospital installed artwork photos are by Nancy Samotis.

Teeth Fairies – A Baby Teeth Tradition won a Silver NAPPA Award!

9 Apr

I love this project so much and it’s really great to see it get some recognition! The National Parenting Publications Awards is one of the longest running and most respected awards programs in the US. They enlist a team of independent expert judges and family testers to review each submission and select the most entertaining, appealing, safe, educational, age-appropriate and enduring products as winners.

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Teeth Fairies is a book and doll set that provides a fun interactive experience for children, motivating them to take care of their dental health and helping them through the time when they lose their baby teeth. Children name their own fairy and add personalized details throughout the book. NAPPA says: “What a wonderful new tradition in our home. Allows us to document this often neglected milestone!”

And I did all the illustrations, and designed the doll! Woo-hoo! You can see more of my illustrations on my site.

You can find out more about Teeth Fairies on their website, and purchase the Teeth Fairies set here. 

An Octoballerina for Valentine’s Day

13 Feb

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

If you’re fond of octopussies (the regular kind, not the ballet dancing kind) and are curious about how they hook up, check out the Seattle Aquarium’s Valentine’s Day event tomorrow: An octopus blind date! Hope it goes well for those two crazy kids.

If you’d like to see more of my illustrations of goofy animals and other things, please visit www.w-illo.com/portfolio

Enjoy a lovey Valentine’s Day! xo

Springtime Weather Wonders! (and Wondering Whether It Will Ever Be Springtime)

30 Jan

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We got a ton of snow here yesterday and woke up to a howling, bitingly cold wind this morning. Typical for January in Canada, sure, but I really wish I could say spring was “just around the corner” and believe it! Here’s a view of my studio this morning:

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So the publication of one of my latest projects, a series of 4 books called Springtime Weather Wonders for Picture Window Books (Capstone), is a nice little treat and a taste of spring! Written by Charles Ghigna (also known as Father Goose!) each book focuses on one type of spring weather (sunshine, rain, hail and wind) and how animal families in the country and city enjoy/deal with it. It was a huge project with around 70 or so illustrations in total, and I love how it turned out!

You can order the books from Amazon or directly from Capstone. And, as always, you can see more of my work on my portfolio site. Keep warm and cozy!

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Introducing Teeth Fairies: A Classic Tale With a Clever New Twist!

15 Jan

Introducing Teeth Fairies: A Classic Tale With a Clever New Twist!.

Festive Forest Fun!

19 Dec

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Wishing everyone a warm and wonderful festive season, and best of health and success in the new year! xo

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Teeth Fairies – A Baby Teeth Tradition

18 Nov

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So this was truly a dream project… I was commissioned to illustrate a book, and design a doll and keepsake box for a complete gift set for kids at that wiggly-tooth stage of life (which my little one is smack in the middle of!)

The website, www.teethfairies.com, just launched and is loads of fun – some of my illustrations have been animated, which is a first for me! According to the site: “The classic tale of the tooth fairy gets an exciting update and modern twist and helps parents with getting kids to take care of their dental health.”

I also created fun downloadable activities and colouring sheets for the website.

The complete package with book and doll will retail for $49.99 and will be available in February 2015 at amazon.com, and available for pre-order soon!

To see more of my illustration portfolio, visit www.w-illo.com!

I See Me! – My Farm Friends personalized book

18 Sep
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Cluck Cluck! spread from My Farm Friends

I See Me! creates fun and fabulous kids’ books that can be customized with the child’s name and often their photo too. I was hired to create a new book set on a farm. It was so much fun! They wanted some custom typography for the animal sounds, and the various signs around the farm. The “face import” feature was a challenge – I had to allow for a photo of the child to be incorporated into the illustration so needed to make the poses and the outfits work with any gender or ethnicity or face shape that might be submitted. It was a bit of a mind-bender and thankfully I See Me! has amazing coders on staff who picked up where I left off and pulled it all together.

Shown here I’ve inserted an illustrated face, but also see below a screengrab from iseeme.com where you can see how a photo of an actual child is incorporated.

I’m super excited to order some copies for some little kiddoes I know! Oh, and there are stickers, lunchboxes, puzzles and a colouring book available, too.

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Kanikapila!

12 Sep
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Kanikapila!

Well, I’ve been refusing to admit it, but it looks like summer’s pretty much kaput. So, to celebrate the summer that was, here’s a little kid Kanikapila on the the beach (the word means a spontaneous Hawaiian jam session). Having never been to Hawaii, I have this romanticized idea that it’s all tiki sculptures, hangin ten, surf style, pineapple, and stuff like that. Even though I did see The Descendants, where the sky was dark and grey all the time and people seemed to have all the same problems they do here, and didn’t even stick flowers in their hair all that much.