A Day in the Life...

Many folks ask me what my profession is. I tend to hesitate when I say I'm an illustrator--not because I'm embarrassed, but because it just takes so much effort to explain, or defend my career. For some reason, my response often gets a look that is a mix between "is she serious?" and "what is that?" Sometimes, I just get "but what is your job?"

It's understandable. It's not as common to go off the paved roads, into a thicket of fog. I'm learning to just focus on my work, and have my accomplishments speak for me, but for now, here's some Illustration 101: 

What does an illustrator do? 

Well, to state the obvious, they illustrate. Yes. They are artists who create drawings that are used commercially.  I paint with a reason, with an end goal. 

Illustrators can choose to specialize in one single field. Editorial, (those illustrations you see in The New Yorker, for example.) Or fashion. Even medical. All you pre-med students studying those textbooks full of anatomical diagrams–medical illustrators! 

They can also choose multiple outlets for their canvas. Whether it be advertising, childrens' books, or textiles. 

So what is my job? 

My collection officially launches at the National Stationery Show, in 2015! 

My collection officially launches at the National Stationery Show, in 2015! 

I personally came into this field when I realized I needed art, but also wanted to help/motivate others. So I chose to begin with stationery illustration. I founded Bright & Blue Designs, and focused on creating paper goods with happy and encouraging messages. I create products that are available for retail and also wholesale! Within this realm of illustration, I am the creator of the goods, as well as the salesperson, the marketing team, the website developer, the shipping manager, and the accounts department. Which is why I'm at art markets and shows as much as I can be, and why if you follow me, you'll see my work on Instagram, facebook, twitter, and my website. 

Checking out my book at the local Barnes & Noble! Woo! 

Checking out my book at the local Barnes & Noble! Woo! 

I am also a published children's illustrator. I have illustrated cover art as well as all interior illustrations for a coloring book titled "Draw Near to God." I am working towards illustrating-as well as writing–picture books with a meaningful story. Within this realm of illustration, I work with art directors, editors, and publishing houses, to get my book acquired, and hopefully published. Or they see my style of work and can hire me for a project that needs my illustrations. 

Along with these two realms, the great thing about being an illustrator is that there are many, many possibilities. You like my art and want a mural, sure! You want custom stationery? I've done many! You want a logo illustrated? Or an editorial piece– email me, we can definitely talk! 

Teaching Artist By Day, Doodler by Night

Many illustrators also have side gigs. Many become teaching artists, either as professors for college classes, or workshops at studios. I chose to become a teaching artist for young kids. I work with two beautiful community art spaces to provide arts and craft lessons to children under the age of 12. I am writing and illustrating for young kids, so who better to hang out with, while teaching fun stuff!

The best moment of this realm came recently, when a parent told me that I have been so helpful for her child, that his frustration level has decreased and his confidence has increased. It was such a gratifying feeling knowing that a couple of hours a week have been so beneficial for a 7 year old, and I hope he carries this with him into the future. 

Color Theory: Warm & Cool colors

Color Theory: Warm & Cool colors

Coloring inside--and outside--the lines! 

Coloring inside--and outside--the lines! 

So, this is what I do. I am currently working on new projects, new assignments, and hoping to get some more, and I hope now my actions will speak even louder than these words, and I will do great things that all start with a thought and a pencil.

May Flowers!

Another set of Digital wallpapers, for the month of May!

May is known for flowers, and why not, it is springtime in full bloom! Yellow and Red tulips adorn parts of the city, which always calm me down when I'm rushing from one thing to another. So the first wallpaper is so we can all feel a bit of peace and calm all the time! 

Download Here! 

Download Here! 

Download Here! 

Download Here! 

I just got back from a Caribbean vacation, and I'm having major Island Fever! I saw such pretty flowers and greenery, and was inspired by the tropical colors! This wallpaper is to get you in that tropical mood, all you need is a pina colada! 

Download Here

Download Here

Download Here

Download Here

 

 

 

 

Little Artists, Inspired!

This weekend I had the pleasure of hosting a fun paper crafting workshop at Artist & Craftsman Supply in LIC! It was so gratifying to see the creative and sweet minds of the kids, excited to make cards for mom and dad, friends who moved away, and grandma, to name a few. I was lucky enough to get a card too! 

Here are some pics from the valentines themed Saturday crafternoon! 

The setup, or the calm before the crafting!  

The setup, or the calm before the crafting!  

IMG_4367.JPG
IMG_4368.JPG
IMG_4369.JPG
IMG_4371.JPG
Pop up peacock!  

Pop up peacock!  

Flower card for me!  

Flower card for me!