Monday, September 30, 2013

Cards and Con's!

I've been a busy girl. First and foremost, ART. I've been working on getting my dragon card line down in time for multiple events over the next two months, the most important one being APE! Come look for me and my cards at the AAU children's book table October 12-13 at the Concourse Convention center in SOMA, SF. I'll be selling boxed packs of thank you cards ($15) and single birthday and thank you cards ($3). Here are the two most recent cards.

In addition to the artistic frenzy, I've had a lot of exciting events happen since my last post. One being that I got a job at a paint-and-sip studio called Canvas and Cabernet, where we teach you how to paint and drink copious amounts of wine at the same time ;). So far it's a lot of fun, and I'm hoping to be able to teach there after my 30 days are up. If you're in the area, come in and sign up for a class! I also started my second new job as an art teacher for kids one night a week! 

Jobs aside, my September - November is PACKED with art events. This past week, myself and twelve other AAU students/alumni got to go to Chronicle Books Publishing ( for a tour and portfolio reviews! What an amazing opportunity that I may have never gotten otherwise, HUGE THANK YOU to my awesome former teacher/mentor Angela Dominguez (see her awesome illustrations here: for setting this up for us. The Chronicle building was AWESOME and seems like such a fun place to work, wish I could have taken pictures! Instead, here's one of my new portfolio and promo materials :)
Next was my first SCBWI San Francisco Conference! Another great learning experience, and listening to the Editor and Art Director from Chronicle and Random House, along with awesome Illustrator Melissa Sweet speak was inspirational. Also got a very helpful portfolio review from Illustrator/AAU teacher Julie Downing (check out her work here). The one picture I got is of Melissa Manlove (the editor at Chronicle who I also got to meet when we visited there) reading aloud Melissa Sweet's hilarious book "Little Red Writing". 
Last but not least, yesterday I worked at a booth at the Jelly Belly Candy Palooza Fest in Fairfield. I was invited by my director at Get Out Books Susan Pace-Koch, and had my cards for sale there. It was my first experience selling my stuff at any kind of event, and I learned a lot and hopefully made a few contacts :)

Also snagged a few sketches of some characters that were running around...

Now I get to take a much needed breather before the frenzy that will be APE in two weeks. Oh and by the way, check out my brand spankin' new website! :)

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Churnin' em' out....

Here is the website background I did for a teacher's classroom website. I really wanted to play with a more flat, graphic style for this piece. I faced some challenges with designing it around the actual website layout. I still have a lot to learn about web design, but I do like how it turned out.

Here's a screen shot of it with the website, but for some reason my computer won't let me zoom out enough to let me see all of it at once. Trials of the computer-challenged. 

Here is the first idea I had, which I realized wouldn't work with the website layout. But I kinda liked how it turned out, so here it is. Named blurred to protect the teacher's identity.

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