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Newie newness

Posted on January 12th, 2015 in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Lots of excited things are occurring, as of late. It’s a new year, obviously, but in other new news (wait … is that why it’s called ‘news’? Multiple new things to tell us? I think maybe a just realised something that everyone else knows, and is obvious). I digress. So, I moved into a cool new office in downtown Minneapolis. During the move my monitor got busted so I now have a shiny new screen to stare at. A new hair cut. Shockingly, no new shoes, but that won’t be true for long. A new name for my website and, most excitingly, a new favourite beverage. Lemonade. The reason for this is that I am now officially represented by the fizzy folks at Lemonade Illustrators agency. They are based in the UK and I am really excited to work with them. Hopefully, lots of drawing to come as, oh, yeah, I bought some new pencils – Polychromos ones. Apparently they blow Prismacolors out of the water. We’ll see. I still get just as excited about new pencils now as I did when I was a kid, so tomorrow is going to be a mini Christmas day for me when they arrive. I’ll let you know how it goes. 🙂

You wait for a bus all summer, then suddenly ……

Posted on October 7th, 2013 in Uncategorized | No Comments

OK, so I haven’t waited for a bus since I worked at my first job at an Advertising agency after I left college. And, not once did more than one turn up. But, you know the saying, ‘and then loads turn up’, or something. Anyway … point is, I didn’t have a whole lot of Freelance work coming in this past summer and things were getting a little tight. That’s the problem with freelancing. The inconsistent work load. Not really being sure when my next project was coming from, I decided to look for something part-time. There’s a Paint Pub near where I live, where they hold painting ‘parties’, and, well, to cut a long story short, I am now a part-time instructor there! 🙂 I’ve only done two classes so far – and only instructed one, but it’s great! It’s going to be a fun job. My accent both confuses and delights (American’s love the British accent, one man even asked me to say ‘Re-calculating’. took me a minute to figure that one out). Anyway, it’s regular income, so that’s always nice. I basically talk people through producing a painting step by step. Yes, there’s a bar … what could go wrong?! I’m very excited to have work colleagues again, and have already brought up the prospect of having a Christmas Party. Office Christmas Parties are a bit rubbish when you work for yourself at home. And I don’t have a photocopier. (Do people even do that anymore? Has it turned into Instagraming your posterior? At least it’d have that nice vintage look.)

So, yeah … um … tangent …So, of course, the day I get that job, I get illustration work flooding in! Ha! I have a new Children’s book – The Jolly Dodgers, published by Red Robin Books, and a bunch of Educational stuff for Macmillan Publishing. The roughs are in progress for the Pirate book, and I’m having fun doing that. So, yeah, lots of buses!

So, here’s a couple of things I did before stuff got nuts!

Big old acrylic painting of trees.

Big old acrylic painting of trees.

Sketch of cartoon for a Stand up comedian friend.

Cartoon for a Stand up comedian friend.

 

Feeling Stoopid

Posted on September 8th, 2013 in Uncategorized | No Comments

When I was a young Heavy Metal Rock Chick (which mainly involved getting perms and wearing as much jewellery as possible in the evenings and at weekends, as the Catholic High school I attending would not permit such adornment), I spent most of my Babysitting money on buying hairspray, required humongous earrings (clip-on, of course), and music. One of the vinyl singles I bought was Alice Cooper’s ‘Hey Stoopid’. While creating this Blog I found that particular line going round and round in my head. The whole thing has been a  learning process, I can tell ya! With no clue about CSS or any of that technical Blog, web talk, things were disappearing off my pages faster than David Copperfield can erase the Great Wall of China. Only to appear again later, upside down and inside out. Anyway, after standing in the ‘Web design’ section of the book shop, feeling all intelligent … I bought two books. Then, returned them both because I couldn’t understand what they said. There ought to be a book out there called ‘How to buy the correct book for your needs and level of understanding, for Dummies.’  Gap in the market, right there, that is.

Anyway, with the help of very patient people who actually know what they are doing, things have finally come together. It’s not totally finished. I still need to upload the rest of my Portfolio and CV/Resume (conflicted about whether or not to put the accents on the e’s there, but figured I cause enough confusion with my own accent without throwing a French accent in there too). So, soon, unless I manage to delete everything, or move something so far off the page it’s on someone else’s Blog, I should have something I can be proud of. 🙂

Knitting in progress

Posted on August 7th, 2013 in Uncategorized | 4 Comments

Welcome to my Blog!

For aaaages now I’ve been trying to get a Blog going. People suggested more fiber, but that made no difference. However, I finally got round to putting some things together, and with the help of Peter at Westwords Consulting, I now have the foundation of a Blog. It’s main purpose is to showcase my portfolio of Illustration work, although, I have a feeling there are going to be many random, un-art-related posts about caterpillars, verbally accented challenges at the Drive-thru and ridiculous puns where I think I’m being hilarious. I’ll try to stay focused though, I promise.

I’m in the process of trying to unload images to my Portfolio page, so bear with me. But, soon, very soon, there will be lots of pretty pictures to take a gander at. Stay tuned!