oDesk | I made the Top 100 Freelance Blogs List!

By heather at 9:18 pm on Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Wowsers, I just got an email from oDesk letting me know my blog made it onto their Top 100 Freelance Blogs list! The list includes the blogs of freelance designers, animators, developers, writers, and heaps more. I took a browse around oDesk, which is a place for freelancers and clients to hook up (and later arrange pay-up.) Looks promising… have you tried it out, oh mysterious blog readers? Let me know if it’s any good eh ;)

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Riley’s Tooth | First Watercolour Wash

By heather at 9:03 pm on Tuesday, April 28, 2009

diane cantrell riley's tooth children's book illustrations watercolour dogs puppies

Here’s another sneak peak at the illustrations I’m working on for Diane Cantrell’s new story, Riley’s Tooth. I’m working with watercolours on Arches medium watercolour paper which I’ve taped down onto masonite board. I’ve just finished painting the first layer, and am moving onto building up the layers of colour and detail. I always enjoy the loose first wash of colour… the crazier it looks initially the better once you go over and tighten up the details.

diane cantrell riley's tooth children's book illustrations watercolour dogs puppies

diane cantrell riley's tooth children's book illustrations watercolour dogs puppies

diane cantrell riley's tooth children's book illustrations watercolour dogs puppies

You can see some of the finished sketches for Riley’s Tooth in this previous post.

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Directory of Illustration 26 | Free Page Giveaway

By heather at 6:32 pm on Friday, April 17, 2009

directory of illustration contest entry

Thought I’d share the love, here is a link to the entry form for any illustrators interested in entering to win a free page of advertising in the Directory of Illustration 26.

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Tartan Meets the Queen | Letter from the Queen!

By heather at 8:52 pm on Wednesday, April 15, 2009

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I got a kick out of this… Charline & Lauren mailed a copy of our children’s book, Tartan Meets the Queen, to “THE” Queen of England. And what’s better, they received a letter back from The Queen’s Lady-In-Waiting!

Tartan Meets the Queen is available online at Trafford.com

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Sneak Peek at Riley’s Tooth

By heather at 9:26 pm on Wednesday, April 1, 2009

diane cantrell riley's tooth dogs toothfairy lost teeth children's book

I have the pleasure of working for a second time with Diane Cantrell, author of Mom’s Choice Award winning picture book, Good-bye Baby Max. The title of our latest picture book is yet to be set, but I can tell you the story is about three pups who don’t quite grasp the concept of the Tooth Fairy and try in earnest to find their owner’s first lost tooth. I’ve just finished up the sketches… here are a handful to have a sneak peek at! The finals will be in watercolour & pencil on Arches paper. I transferred the sketches with an Artograph a couple nights ago, so once I’ve taped the paper down to masonite boards I will start painting, yippee!
diane cantrell riley's tooth dogs toothfairy lost teeth children's book

diane cantrell riley's tooth dogs toothfairy lost teeth children's book

diane cantrell riley's tooth dogs toothfairy lost teeth children's book

diane cantrell riley's tooth dogs toothfairy lost teeth children's book

diane cantrell riley's tooth dogs toothfairy lost teeth children's book

diane cantrell riley's tooth dogs toothfairy lost teeth children's book

diane cantrell riley's tooth dogs toothfairy lost teeth children's book

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