Tag Archives: children’s illustration

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

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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

 

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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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:

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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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.