Little Land Adventures | Little Pig final illustrations

By heather at 11:57 pm on Wednesday, June 27, 2007

little pig illustration pencil

Well this is the last story in the Jame’s Family’s “Little Land Adventures” book that I’ve been illustrating over the last month, about a Little Pig who likes to eat candies all day long… and ends up with a nasty tooth-ache because of it!

little pig illustration pencil

little pig illustration pencil

little pig illustration pencil

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Little Land Adventures | Little Raccoon final illustrations

By heather at 6:13 pm on Friday, June 22, 2007

little raccoon little land adventures illustrations

Just finished the illustrations for the third story in the Little Land Adventures by The James Family… about a Little Raccoon named Raoul.

little raccoon little land adventures illustrations

little raccoon little land adventures illustrations

little raccoon little land adventures illustrations

little raccoon little land adventures illustrations

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Freelance Switch | How NOT to Apply for a Freelance Position

By heather at 8:27 pm on Wednesday, June 20, 2007

freelance_switch.gifFreelanceSwitch.com is a great hub for advice, marketing tips, and job postings for freelancers of all kinds. Last week they posted this is a funny & down-to-earth article by Darias A Monsef IV, on how to apply for creative jobs… I’ve included some excerpts below of the key points :

There are some mythical freelancers who like unicorns that prance in open fields and sasquatches who lumber through the forests… have fully booked schedules and are never in need of finding new clients and work. For the majority of us though, we’re always on the hunt for new leads.

1) Read the Entire Job Description
I know that some job listings are really long and boring, but from a clients point of view if you can’t stay focused long enough to read their employment listing… chances are you’re not going to stay focused all that long with the actual job either. (Read on …)

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Chicago Public Art Exhibition | Cool Globes : Hot Ideas For a Cooler Planet

By heather at 5:44 pm on Saturday, June 16, 2007

This is a great example of artists helping to bring environmental issues into the public eye. Cool Globes - Hot Ideas For a Cooler Planet is a public art show running from June to September 2007 in Chicago, where over 100 globes created by artists will be on display along the lakefront. You can see the globes up online, too… I loved this one by Kari Kaplan focuses on Sustainable Farming. Very cool.

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Little Land Adventures | Little Iguana final illustrations

By heather at 7:33 am on Saturday, June 16, 2007

little iguana illustration pencil

This week I finished the illustrations for the second story in the Little Land Adventures by The James Family… about a Little Iguana named Iggy. We used to have an iguana named Rex, so it was fun reminiscing while drawing this cute little iguana who is facing a big scary hurricane with his family’s support.

little iguana illustration pencil

little iguana illustration pencil

little iguana illustration pencil

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I want to paint like Robin Eley | Steven Carell Portrait

By heather at 3:38 pm on Friday, June 15, 2007

robin eley steve carell portrait acrylic

I had the pleasure of meeting Robin Eley at the local Adelaide IMBIDE meeting (a monthly get together at a local pub for illustrators to talk shop and have a pint!)…and was totally blown away by his work! His stuff reminded me right away of Roberto Parada, one of my favourite illustrators. Eley’s work is entirely in acrylic, and these fantastic portraits take a couple days to turn around. I was stoked to get to see this Steve Carell portrait in person as he brought the original to the pub, and it was just wonderful to see up close. Keep an eye on this guy, he’s already done some amazing stuff in the year since he’s picked up his paintbrush!

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Adelaide Illustrators Get Together at The British

By heather at 4:25 pm on Thursday, June 14, 2007

I went to my first get together of IMBIBE (Illustrators Must Be In Bed Early), a meeting of Adelaide Illustrators at The British hotel & pub last night… and boy was it FUN! There were about 21 people there, from illustrators to authors, and it was great talking shop, swapping tips, comparing illustration rates, finding out how things are going in all corners of the business.

I stumbled onto this group through Greg Holfeld (see illustration above), another Canadian illustrator here in Adelaide, who I met through a colleague of my husbands…talk about six degrees of seperation!

I had a good chat with established artist Graham McArthur, who does lovely textured illustrations. (see illustration above)

I met Murray Van, who has sold 4 million children’s books! He does the drawings for these busy illustrations, then has his wife or daughtor colour them in photoshop while he’s working on the next! (see illustration above)

Roger Roberts was another friendly illustrator, all too glad to give advice. (see illustration above)

I met Harry Slaghekke, who teaches a course here in Adelaide, and was very willing to give advice on the industry here in Australia and who to talk to about getting into publishing. (see illustration above)

And I met Robin Eley, who brought in his portfolio and a few of his original paintings… and he’s only been painting for a year, but OH MY, his quality of work is something to aspire to. (see illustration above)

So… needless to say, I came home very inspired and charged up being around so many tallented illustrators! Am really looking forward to next months meeting!

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Christmas Koala

By heather at 3:35 pm on Thursday, June 14, 2007

koala australia christmas holiday present

With it being winter here in Adelaide, it makes it a lot easier to start thinking about Christmas graphics for greeting cards! This Koala with a present is one of a few I created over the last week, now available royalty-free at ImageZoo. I start with a graphite pencil sketch, then apply a couple layers of colour in Photoshop. To see how I colour my pencil drawings digitally, check out this post.

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How to build an illustration portfolio

By heather at 10:46 pm on Wednesday, June 13, 2007

portfolioA portfolio is an illustrator’s visual resume, intended to communicate to a potential client / employer what you are capable of and the caliber of your creative work. A portfolio, much like a resume, should constantly be kept up-to-date with your best pieces.

Here are some tips to help you build & maintain your portfolio… (Read on …)

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World Ocean Day 2007

By heather at 7:14 pm on Friday, June 8, 2007

Today is World Ocean Day! I just sent a letter to the Prime Minister asking that Canada live up to its commitments regarding the protection and sustainable management of our oceans. You can too, at: http://www.davidsuzuki.org/Oceans/Take_Action/Protect_our_oceans

The David Suzuki Foundation send me a newsletter about it… “World Ocean Day was created at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro in 1992. Fifteen years later, Canada is struggling to meet its commitment to conserve our oceans’ vast biodiversity. With only 0.12 per cent of Canada’s oceans protected, there is a lot of work to do. And we need everyone’s help if Canada is going to conserve the health and majesty of our coastal and ocean environments for generations to come. (Read on …)

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