Announcing the debut of a crafty new company, Yumi & Fumi Handmade!  If you’re a crafty person yourself, check out their blog and join in on one of their creative challenges:

I had the pleasure of illustrating their first set of rubber stamps, which will be making their debut at the Stamp in the Hand Original Rubber Stamp Convention in Carson, CA (July 14-15).  


iPad Doodles

I got an ipad for Christmas this past year and it has been great to have around.  It’s replaced my medium sized sketchbook (I still have a small moleskin), ipod, DS and day planner.  I’m obsessed!  It takes a while to get used to sketching on it with the awkward rubber tipped pen that I bought.  Sometimes I feel like I’m trying to draw on a teacup with a potato.  The lines don’t end up where I want and the drawing instrument is clumsy.  But I’m learning and here are a few doodles I’m managed to scratch out so far:

Cheers to Paul Galdone

I’m feeling really inspired today by the art of Paul Galdone.  Until now I had no idea who he was.  Illustrators are not a subject much talked about in college when you’re an animation major.  I think that’s a shame, really, because there are so many visual voices in Illustration history that we could learn a lot from.  Even though I love Dr. Seuss to bits, he has a lot of company up there in the ranks of great Illustration masters.

Paul Galdone illustrated and/or wrote more than 300 children’s books in his lifetime!  His work is whimsical, his line work and brush strokes loose and evocative.  It’s just lovely.  There’s a great article about him here.


IF – Popularity

IF work in progress

A work in progress sketch for this week’s Illustration Friday contest

Paint sketches

It’s been ages since I last posted, but I haven’t been completely idle.  I’m experimenting with painting a series that has a more realistic style.  It’s based on the Chinese myth of Chang’e and the moon.  This past year I’ve really been trying to figure out what my voice is as an illustrator and I know I’m not there yet.  But I’ve figured out that I have two distinct and different paths that I’m drawn to, so I guess it’s just a matter of letting it play out… or maybe I should just do both!

Anyway, here are a couple quick paint sketches I’ve been playing with.  I did these one the backs of old postcards just for fun.

I’m gonna getcha!

I drew this for last week’s IF contest but didn’t get to finish it in time.