Jun 082014
 

I love seeing my designs in action! Ryan Wiser, an amazing PE teacher at Prairie View Elementary, put together a World Cup at his school in Spokane, Washington.  I had the opportunity to design a t-shirt logo for him! Looks like the kiddos had a great time! Awesome job Ryan!

Pictures courtesy of Melanie Wiser. :)

 June 8, 2014  No Responses »
Mar 022014
 

As a kid I loved drawing stories. I thought “what a dream job to illustrate a story”. I used to imagine I’d work for Disney or I’d envision a children’s book with my artwork sitting on the shelf of a book store. As I grew up, I just didn’t allow myself to think it was truly possible. As an art major in college, I loved every second of my drawing, painting and illustration classes.  However, I focused on my graphic design concentration without ever considering I could also pursue illustration. I’ve done well with graphic design. I’ve had great jobs and good feedback. I enjoy the creative side of it, I’m good at communicating and deadlines. I have a love affair with paper in general and enjoy seeing my final designs in print form. I really thrive with artistic problem solving.

Yet, marketing and typography pales in comparison to the joy I get when I illustrate characters and paint landscapes. I love telling stories with my words and my art. There is a bliss I find in creating a whole new world or creature that didn’t exist before. I could do it all day and not notice… and perhaps that’s the danger. All my friends and family have heard me talking about it now. “I want to illustrate children’s books, sell my illustration work and license my work.” Everyone agrees I should!

I’ve stood outside this dream of mine… window shopping, staring at this desire for so long and weighing my pros and cons. I can almost hear a real voice saying “Brenda, follow your bliss already!” It sounds so easy…I look at other people doing what I want to do. I’ve researched ways I would do it and followed other illustrators on Facebook. I have basically salivated all over this beautiful idea I have of following my creative dream. I’ve taken the smallest of baby steps to the door…I started building my illustration portfolio, I started looking at publishers I’d send my information too, I started promoting myself online and trying to connect with other illustrators. I have finally stopped procrastinating and sabotaging my own progress.

Now I suddenly realize, I’m not outside looking in anymore. The door has opened, the bell has rung, and my future is saying, “May I help you?”

(To be continued)

 March 2, 2014  No Responses »
Feb 232014
 

Pinterest has overwhelmed me with ideas. Projects I want to try and recipes that sound good. Every day I peruse the images and it sparks even more ideas. Yet, funny thing is, who has the time? I usually don’t! Between work, house busy work and chasing after my ten month old (and husband), I’m sure you can imagine what kind of excuses and justifications I’ve made for myself. But not today. Today I picked a few new recipes and pulled out my sewing machine. The best part of today were these bad boys:

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Here’s where I got the recipe: Yummy Homemade Pretzels

Sooooo incredibly yummy and easy! I WILL be making these again!! I never did get the chance to actually sew, but I got a ton of cutting, measuring and sewing prep done. Next free time I have, I might actually finish a project…how about that?! And guess what? It was still a productive family day!!

 February 23, 2014  1 Response »
Feb 202014
 

Paper by Fifty Three is an awesome app I’ve been using lately. It feels like and acts like a traditional sketchbook despite the fact that it’s all digital. It’s fun, useful and clever… And yet the only space it takes up in my bag is the size of an iPad mini.  I love it!

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 February 20, 2014  No Responses »
Jan 302014
 

It’s snowing outside my window and I’m happy to be in Colorado again! I’m in the mood to color and since the super bowl is tomorrow…I thought I’d whip something up and share:

DOWNLOAD HERE

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As always, my illustration progress:

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Happy Coloring!
Here are other coloring pages: Winter Coloring Pages

 

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 January 30, 2014  No Responses »
Jan 022014
 

The whole time I worked on this piece,
I wanted to step into it and listen to what that momma bear is reading!!
I think I would be that raccoon hanging from the tree! Who would you be?
I can’t wait to add color to this fun illustration!

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This was my process:

 January 2, 2014  No Responses »