A new Folk Art Santa Claus with a few of his Forest Friends ready to wish you a Merry Christmas. The Christmas season and art licensing go together pretty strongly. So it’s always good to be adding Christmas images and designs to your portfolio. And with Halloween just around the corner I’m going to be illustrating some fun Witches and Goblins too.
I finished my new Baby / Nursery Pattern Design collection of the ALSC art Challenge last week! I’m usually down to the wire trying to finish these art challenges so it’s refreshing that I am done before the deadline. This cute little bunny character showed up and I’ve named her — Beatrice Bunny! And I’ve added her Meadow Friends to include all of the other characters in the design like the… owl, mouse, kitten, sun and birds. I Love how all of the colors came together in the palette.
I took the time to create a mock-up of Beatrice Bunny so that she looks like a fabric bunny doll. With a little Photoshop magic I though it came out pretty cool. I may actually create a pattern and get some fabric and try to sew up a sample of her. Though it’s been a few years since I’ve had my sewing machine going. I always use to love to sew and so embroidery too. Just not enough hours in the day to do all the creative things you want.
This new Beatrice Bunny & Meadow Friends pattern collection was done for the Art Licensing Show art challenge. I help to organize these art challenges on the site and I really find them so much fun to participate in. There is something about having an “assignment” to do that gets the creative juices flowing! And I love seeing the submissions from other artists and pattern designers! So much creativity in their art and how they choose their colors.
And this pattern design art challenge will be judged by the design team at Clothworks! Getting a fabric collection licensed is one of the items on my LIST! I have a lot of pattern designs in my portfolio HERE – take a peek!
So as we approach the last couple of weeks of August… and the air is starting to turn, I’m off to see what other creative characters will show up in my next art project.
Another Surtex art licensing trade show has come and gone this past May and I’ve been busy with the follow-up. I’ve also been working on some Summer designs with my Happy CatZ™ and Happy DogZ™. Designs like this one showing a boy and girl cat both eating ice cream and giving each other googly eyes. You remember googly eyes don’t you?
And a few designs I’m working on with my dogs are a Jack Russell Terrier dog surfing, a Pug dog relaxing in his beach tube with his favorite summer drink. And I’m thinking of something with a Bulldog, hmmm, maybe he’s grilling?
It’s been a beautiful summer here in the Santa Fe area! I just love the smells of summer. Especially first thing in the morning when I take the dogs outside and hear all of the birds chirping… just heaven. Continue reading “Sweet Summertime Cats”
I’ve been working with my little — I See the Moon design and creating more product ideas with it like the Sweet Dreams moon pillow design above. I think this would look great in a baby nursery. I’m showing a baby blue color but adding a pink and some other gender neutral colors.
I just opened a Zazzle shop where you can purchase my NEW Sweet Dreams moon Pillow! If you want to order my Sweet Dreams Moon Pillow design —- > CLICK HERE! Zazzle was the only POD site that had the round pillow design. And I just may have to order one for myself to see the quality. I have not sold any of my work on a POD company though I know a lot of artists do. My goal has been to license my art. So until that happens, I thought I would make it available for people to buy it! But I would really LOVE is to license this design to a wonderful baby company like Pottery Barn Kids, Land of Nod or maybe Oopsy Daisy! Or maybe some other baby product companies.
Continue reading “I See The Moon Design”
I believe in Unicorns… do you? I illustrated this unicorn for a nursery room wall art print, but it never made it into my Etsy shop. I actually took everything out of my shop and am rethinking the whole shop thing. I may add some content that is downloadable art. Still thinking about it. I found shipping out the Esty prints to be an unproductive break in my day. So if I do prints again I’ve got to explore better production and shipping methods. Any suggestions? I am hoping that if I get some samples of my licensed products that I’ll sell this in my shop. Stay tuned!
Anyway… back to this Unicorn! These magical little creatures seem to be trending very strongly in any shape or style. Since I had started with a wall art print design, I decided that it would like kinda cool as a fabric pattern. So that’s what you see to the right of the Unicorn design. I also love how the creams and teal colors look on the brown fabric ground. Such a whimsical pattern that I’m going to add more colorways also. Continue reading “I Believe in Unicorns”
Happy Father’s Day to all of the Dads who help to raise happy, kind and loving human beings. So wonderful to see how involved Dads are with their kids these days compared to a generation or two ago.
Let the grilling begin!
Here is a new design that I created for a wall art challenge on The Art Licensing Show. I’ve been wanting to do this concept for awhile but it felt a bit overwhelming to me. Sometimes I know what i want to create but I’m not sure how it’s going to come together. So with this concept I started doing a lot of research on Botanical illustration, Victorian gardens, bees, bee keeping, lots of garden illustrations etc, etc. Then I did the illustration in a step by step process starting with the Beekeeper girl. Continue reading “Keeper of the Bees”
It’s Surtex time again and I’m so happy to say that my art is finally making it back to this premier art licensing trade show with my agent Suzanne Cruise Creative Services, Inc. Surtex, is an annual Art Licensing trade show in New York city for Artists, Designers, Manufacturers, and Retailers. It’s now in its 32nd year! SURTEX® is the global B2B marketplace for sourcing original art & designs — where artists, art agents, licensing agencies and licensors connect with manufacturers, retailers and licensees to create products in multiple categories. Home décor and furnishings, apparel, automotive accessories, beauty, bed and bath, fabric prints, floor coverings, juvenile, giftware and novelties, stationery, tabletop, wall treatments, private label and much more. If it’s any product with a surface or textile design of any kind, there’s a good chance it originated at SURTEX.
Continue reading “See My Art ~ Surtex 2017”
I’ve had a coffee collection on my list for awhile and finally was able to get to it. I’m a coffee lover myself! I wanted to create some designs that were more graphic and contemporary looking. And I always tend to have some bright colors come out in my work. I started with Java as the first design to establish the look and color palette. Then the design elements started to come into the design. Continue reading “Coffee Wall Art Collection”
Halloween products are so popular in art licensing and I’m always looking for ideas on how to promote my art on products. So I got this idea to put a black vampire cat from my Happy CatZ™ collection onto a throw pillow. And then I had a thought to add the cute words… “bite me” to the design!. Haha! Made me laugh! This is just a mockup of the design onto a throw pillow but I’m thinking of opening up a POD shop )Print on Demand) to be able to sell this design on throw pillows until it gets licensed. I’m also going to do some of my dog images from my Happy DogZ™ collection in the same concept. So far I’ve got my black Scottie Dog done in the design! Check back to see how you can order these throw pillows for Halloween!
Continue reading “Bite Me ~ Vampire Halloween Cat”