Bee-u-tiful Timing

Hey! Can you believe that April is almost over? CRAZINESS. But I’m happy about that. May is one of my favorite months…after October of course. It’s warm outside but not hot, our neighborhood pool is open, and the adventures of summer await. Although, ironically, I’m not taking any trips this summer. Too hot! I’m more of a winter/fall travel girl myself.

Where was I?

Oh yeah, May.

One of the things I decided to do this May was create a pretty kick-a$$ portfolio here on my website. It’s time I got my work in front of people who can get me paid for it, ya know? And the best way to get said income is to show art directors and licensing companies what I can do.

And I can do a lot! I’m proud of everything I’ve learned and how far I’ve grown as an illustrator and designer.

It’s time to toot my own horn here for a second – I’m GREAT with color. It was one of the things my design professors repeatedly told me. (Also, apparently, I have “amazing restraint with typography”. Still trying to figure out what *that* one means.) I always work with a limited color palette. And yeah, sometimes my choices might be more on the exuberant side but they still work well together.

Second, my art is dang cute. I’m more than well aware that it doesn’t appeal to art connoisseurs who sniff at artwork like mine, but hey. I’m an overgrown child. I tried my hand at realism and I HATED IT. Not for me. Whacky animals and psychedelic florals? More like me. My stuff works for children’s markets, so that is my main aim here. Also, people who still embrace their inner child seem like to like it was well, which is awesome.

Third, I can now fill in the bubble next to “advanced” on the technical skill side of things. Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign no longer terrify me like they once did. I’m building up my proficiency in After Effects, Lightroom, and Spark this year. Oh! And now when I crash my website (I doubt I will ever stop doing that), I totally don’t freak out anymore. I’ve got this.

I think as artists – especially female artists – we are encouraged to play the humble card to the extreme and not proclaim our awesomeness to the masses. I say phooey on that.

Check my portfolio page out and let me know what you think! I’m adding some mock-ups for prints and fabrics. If you think I should add something like wall decals and clothing too, I would like to know.

Also, please feel free to comment below on what makes YOUR work great and leave a link to your site. I would love to check it out 🙂

Peace and love!

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