Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays!

Have you ever seen those videos where dogs slide down snowy hills just to run back up and do it all over it again? There are a few! There's even one with a little bulldog running up a grassy hill just to roll down again and again. They make me so happy to watch, and I wanted share a little bit of that happiness this season. I'm sure a lot of people won't get the reference, but hopefully it works on its own.

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MATS Illustrating Children's Books course

MATS Illustrating Children's Books course

Hi all. I've had a few people ask me about my experience with the Make Art that Sells Illustrating Children's Books course, so I figured I'd write about it. I'll warn you, this is a long post!

I decided to take the Make Art That Sells Illustrating Children's Books course on a whim. Well, to be more precise, I did the free pre-class prompts on a whim, and got so much out of the experience, that I decided to enroll in class. (The prompts are all available on the Make Art that Sells blog here.)

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Monstera leaves

Monstera leaves

I love plants, but I don't exactly have the greenest thumb. I'm working on it, though. I have some succulents that somehow just won't die despite my many attempts to kill them with neglect. But succulents and California go hand in hand. I was recently in Guatemala and I was so taken with how tropical everything was, and of course in my post-vacation high, I decided I needed to bring those tropics home with me. But until I feel I'm properly ready for indoor jungle husbandry, I figured I'd start with some plants that only need to be watered once.

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Monsieur Hulot's Paris Home from Mon Oncle

Monsieur Hulot's Paris Home from Mon Oncle

I had been looking at a bunch of pop illustration from the 50s, images that embraced the new age of modernity and convenience and welcomed the World of Tomorrow. I was feeling inspired by the clean lines, simple shapes, and flat color and I knew I wanted to express that by drawing a house. Of course, I intended to draw a modern house, but when I was combing Google for references, I came across this image from the film, Mon Oncle. 

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