Tag Archives: children’s books

So Many Babies!

8 Dec

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Well, this is my first post in quite some time – I’ve just finished up my busiest year yet, and the fall was a jumble of overlapping deadlines (I still can’t believe I hit them all!) I feel very, very fortunate to have worked on so many super fun projects with lovely clients in 2015. So, that’s the delay in posting about this little cutie, which arrived in September.

It’s SO MANY BABIES!!! Loveable, cuddly animal babies and their parents, set to a catchy rhyme by well-known Canadian poet Lorna Crozier. I had worked with BC publisher Orca Books before, and it’s always a great experience. It’s pretty much a dream job to create and look at pictures of cute baby animals all day! (If you’ve never seen a pic of a baby wombat, just google it – you won’t be disappointed. Goofy-looking little things so full of character!)

You can buy a copy of the book at Chapters/Indigo or on Amazon. And see my full portfolio on my website.

Here are some of my fave illustrations from the book:

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The Measly Virus! New Children’s Book Out Now

26 Aug

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Watters Publishing, a new publishing company focused on kids’ health promotion in a fun way, selected me (lucky me!) to illustrate their debut title, The Measly Virus. The book promotes a positive message about vaccination through telling the story of a sneaky and cantankerous virus monster, and one brave girl who takes a stand and becomes a vaccinated superhero! Not only were the illustrations super-fun to create, but this book supports a cause I believe in fervently – everyone who can be vaccinated against preventable diseases should be, to maintain herd immunity and protect the more vulnerable in our communities. Also, part of the proceeds from sales go to the Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation in Australia to help eradicate Pertussis from Australia, in memory of little Riley Hughes, a 4-week-old baby boy who sadly died of Pertussis (whooping cough) as he was too young to be vaccinated and relied on herd immunity to protect him (read more about Riley here).

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And I’ll let old Bill Lumbergh finish this one off:

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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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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