Tuesday, September 27, 2005


New artwork for Illustration Friday

Any perceived resemblance to any actual person or their bathroom is purely coincidental.

Saturday, September 24, 2005

Look, it's Kay!

This is Kay. She was my boss many years ago. She had a very dynamic personality, but we kind of butted heads, so to speak. I often wonder what has become of her after all this time. This Illustration Friday submission reminds me of her!

Saturday, September 17, 2005

A Narrow Escape

New art for Illustration Friday

Once again, there are bugs in my art.

The lucky grasshopper will live without its leg. It may even grow a new one, if it's young enough to shed its skin a few more times.

Friday, September 09, 2005


For Illustration Friday

Friday, September 02, 2005


Ack! Pardon my ineptitude.
For Illustration Friday- change click here (sorry!)

New artwork for Illustration Friday

A couple of years ago, I started sneaking little snippets of my mother in law’s succulent plants and taking them home to root. They were largely neglected at her house, and I liked the idea of rescuing them and giving them a new chance at life. (And adding to my own succulent collection. )

My mother in law died of cancer last year.

Now I treasure these little plants. To nurture them is to remember everything that made Eleanor special.

Thursday, September 01, 2005

Business Card Designs

A few weeks ago, our local farmers market had "Dog Days". It was really only a "Dog Evening", with dog-related booths and contests for pets and their owners. (cutest dog, loudest barker, etc.) My friend owns a pet-sitting business, and I sat in her booth with her.

Among the assorted people who came by with all sorts of dog-related stories to tell, there was a lady who was opening up a grooming salon. She eyed all the signs, business cards, and pamphlets on Kathi's table and said she needed business cards right away. I told her I had done the artwork on the "Crittermobile", that I'd just recently gotten my own computer, and would like to "play around" with her ideas and see what happened.

She had a lot of ideas.

It's a high-end shop. She wants the card to reflect glitz and glamor. In fact, she wants the card itself to be shiny silver. Or maybe hot pink. Script, not printing. Fancy pampered pets whose owners don't mind spending the bucks to pamper them. She also mentioned, in particular:

A dog with a turban on its head, "piled high and swirly like a soft-serve ice cream cone"
Doggie nail polish
Something called Catz (eww)
Paris Hilton (eewww)
A border around the card with bones, hearts, pawprints and stars. (I had to tell her honestly, I don't know how to do that yet.)

So anyway, I sent her a few ideas, with a few different fonts that I had. I figured she could pick and choose from the font styles, what exactly she wanted to say, which animal, where and doing what, etc. Here's some of what I sent.

I liked this one. I know the font is very squiggly, but I liked it. I think it says fancy, yet whimsical. The gray background is where I imagined the shiny silver cardstock would be.

This one has one of the Catz in it. I actually think my kitty is more feline-looking than the actual Catz characters I found on the online, who have eerily big human-looking eyes, and tiny little pursed lips.

These are the two animal figures she liked the best. I have no idea what she wants to do as far as the text. In a show of tecnical ability, I actually sent the computer file to the print shop. (However, in a subsequent relevation of my ignorance, the nice girl at the print shop told me I should have saved all the individual photosho players so they could manipulate them as needed. I really have only just scratched the surface in my quest to master digital art!)