Tag Archives: illustration

Letters and a number

17 Mar

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Just a quick post …. every so often I like to pull together a little grid of some hand-lettering (and numbering) samples – it’s kind of fun to see them hanging out all together. Also, hA-zonk!!!

You can see more in my portfolio 🙂

Snakes ‘n Vines! Fun board game art for Chirp magazine

17 Jan

lw_snakes-n-vines_1000This past November’s issue of Chirp magazine celebrated the Jungle! So they commissioned me to do a theme-appropriate twist on the board game classic snakes and ladders: Snakes ‘n Vines – climb up the vines and hope you don’t have to slither down a snake! Apparently the original snakes and ladders game came about as a way to reinforce moral teachings, originating somewhere in Northern India or Nepal. Who knew? lw_jungle-spots_1000lw_snakes-n-vines_1000lw_snakes-n-vines_printed-samplelw_snakes-n-vines_start-corner1000If you’d like to see more of my portfolio, you can see it all here! xo

Happy Halloweeeeeen!!!

31 Oct

lw_halloween-candy-pattern_1000lw_trick-or-treat_1000Boo!! Hope it’s sweet and scary!

xo

The Elephant’s Child – New book for Miles Kelly

24 Oct

This fun book I illustrated for Miles Kelly in the UK, The Elephant’s Child, by Rudyard Kipling, recently became available for purchase: Order The Elephant’s Child.

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It’s a “Just So” story and tells the story of how the elephant got his super useful and stylish long trunk – previously he just had a fat little piggy nose, apparently! It was a treat to illustrate all the cute characters and the African scenery including the Great Grey Green Greasy Limpopo! 

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

 

Festive Badgers for the Holidays!

17 Dec

It’s that time again, I can’t believe how quickly it comes up every year! I’ve just been scrambling to get my holiday cards out. This year, I’m all about the badgers. And after I did the card, I thought why not try to do an allover pattern, since these little characters might look nice on some wrapping paper.

And since every time I hear the word “Badger” I think of that nasty little %&#$ honey badger, I’ll leave you with this traditional holiday treat (warning: dirty words and other nastiness) (for me it never gets old!)

See more of my illustrations here 🙂

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: