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xoxo

12 Feb

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Just a short and sweet note to say Happy Valentine’s Day to all my readers – I love all 4 of you very, very much 😉  xoxo

More new greeting card illustrations can be seen on my site at http://www.w-illo.com/portfolio

 

Unexpected Stories

14 Jan

Last fall I had the fun job of creating illustrations for a series of four books for toddlers – each with an “unexpected story” about a cute and goofy animal character: a bear, a tiger, a dog and an elephant. This was a huge lot of work but the client, Yoyo Books, was a dream to work with, leaving the creative wide open. The stories have very little text so rely upon facial expressions and changing environments to show how the characters are reacting to their wacky adventures. Here’s a small selection of my fave illustrations from the series.

As always, you can see more on my website. Hope your day has been the GOOD kind of “unexpected story”!

 

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!

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 🙂

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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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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Botanical teacups… celebrating spring blooms!

27 May

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About a month ago when delicate shoots started poking up out of the ground, I was challenged by my UK agency to create some kind of surface pattern or greeting card with a “modern floral” theme. This is what I came up with! It was fun to give each little plant its own special teacup and own style of lettering, and to play around with the idea of a repeating pattern. I’d love to see this on wrapping paper, tote bags, tea towels, etc…. and will see about having it included on some products in my Society6 shop and as prints in my Etsy shop, Janey’s Superette. 

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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