Tag Archives: children’s illustration

Teeth Fairies have arrived!

4 Feb

When they spy a wiggly tooth, they quickly fly right down

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I’ve blogged about this before, but now I have a very cool update! My super-fun project from last year, Teeth Fairies – A Baby Teeth Tradition, is now available for purchase (at Amazon and at selected retailers)! My 6.5-yr-old daughter has two incredibly wiggly front teeth, so my copy of the very cute doll and book gift set arrived just in time. Teeth Fairies is a book and doll set that helps a child make the most of the brief, special time in life when they are losing their baby teeth. Written by the wonderful Ingrid Bencosme, former teacher and mother of 3-soon-to-be-4, the book was a joy to illustrate, and it was such fun to design the tooth fairy doll as well.

Teeth Fairies is donating a portion of sales to Communities In Schools to help prevent and fight serious dental disease that can cause kids to miss school and potentially drop out.

Here are some photos of the set, as well as a few of my favourite illustrations from the book. Check out the “Parents” section of the Teeth Fairies website for more info on the set, helpful tips and fun downloadable activities for kids, and like Teeth Fairies on Facebook for kids’ dental health tips, contests, recipes and more fun stuff.

And visit my portfolio site to see more of my illustrations, if you’re so inclined!

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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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Put your kids to work!

12 Sep

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Little freeloaders…. I’m kidding! But Delta Faucet Company has the right idea, in the article for their online content portal “Inspired Living”. I was commissioned to create four super-helpful kid characters of varying ages, to show how kids as young as two can be real team players around the house.

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Pop-ups give hints on when to start giving kids more responsibility, and how to motivate them (for fun or financial gain, as they get older).

I’m wondering if it’s time to put our 6-yr-old to work – is it too soon to have her learn to mix cocktails? As soon as she can read, I’ll give her Sally Draper’s cocktail cheat sheet, adorably illustrated by Mad Men Illustrated artist Dyna Moe.

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Bam! Zonk!

16 Apr

Bam! Zonk!

Here’s my latest addition to my portfolio. Superhero girls ready to save the day. Everything is awesome!

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Happy Thanksgiving! Leaves are falling in Turtle magazine

26 Nov

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Here’s a fun job I did for Turtle magazine a couple of months ago – it’s a counting activity for toddlers, and was fun to do when temperatures were still scorching and fall colours were a ways off.

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Crazy Love

30 Jul

Crazy Love

L’amour fou… crazy love. Here in Paris this has resulted in too many bunnies. Oops! But this is a happy family of French bunnies. Just posted it as a print for sale in my Etsy shop, Janey’s Superette.

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Gorillas with a twist

5 Jun

You know the old, fairly obnoxious joke: Where does an 800 lb gorilla sleep? Anywhere it wants to! Turns out, not really. A few weeks back I illustrated a really cute story by Pamela Love for Humpty Dumpty magazine, Little Gorilla Makes His Bed, which shows all the lengths this grumpy little gorilla goes to, to find a place to sleep. This was a super fun assignment, and I love how it turned out. Read the story online here, or check out the illustrations below. 

If you want a real critique of how truly dumb that joke is, Christopher Peterson’s article in Psychology Today has a few beefs with it. 

And on a really positive note, how amazing is it that gorillas can learn sign language and create artwork – both to communicate with humans and, it seems, for personal fulfilment – check out the artwork of Koko and Peter here. 

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All mushrooms are edible… once.

5 Apr

All mushrooms are edible... once.

I love these crazy mushrooms, but there’s something sinister about them… I’d be tempted, if I found one in the forest, to bring it home and fry it up in butter. Going any further than that might be regrettable, though! This illustration’s now available as an 11″x11″ limited edition print in my Etsy shop (click on any mushroom to view!) and would make fabulous fun kitchen decor, in my opinion.