Sunday, October 28, 2007

Working with publishers overseas

I have worked with a couple publishers overseas and both experiences were luckily good ones. One was a publisher in Korea and then the other was a publisher in New Zealand. The NZ publisher all started with kind of a crazy story.

Several years ago, actually more like seven years husband and I were lucky enough to get to visit the beautiful country of New Zealand. While I was there, in Auckland, I decided to try and contact a publisher while I was in town just to touch base and possibly set up a meeting. The meeting didn't work out but I was able to chat via email with the nice art director. It was 5 years later but that same art director contacted me to do a project with him. It just proved to me that any contacts we make, whether it's by email, direct mail, etc. is never a wasted effort although so many times it feels we are sending our mailers and promotions out into a deep dark hole with no return. It may take seven years to see a result but we gotta have faith, right?

Here is the cover of the reader I did for the New Zealand Publisher, Sunshine Books/Wendy Pye Ltd. I wasn't crazy about the choice of type used on the cover but overall it was a great project and the art director was a dream to work with!

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Digital or Acrylics

Lately, I have been working in two different mediums. For educational work, I get a lot of requests for my digital watercolor style and then with trade work or other projects I have been doing my traditional acrylic style. I experimented with a piece that I sketched in Painter using my Wacom Cintiq and then painted it in digital watercolor and then did another one in traditional acrylics and as you will see I made a few changes.

Monday, October 22, 2007

Fall Art

Since the Fall theme keeps coming up I thought I'd post a piece I did a few years back. This was painted with digital watercolor using Painter.

This one was mixed media...a little watercolor, a little digital collage with a little colored pencil added.

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Autumn colors

There is something different about the sunsets in Autumn...they just seem more colorful. I took this one out my back steps a couple nights ago.

Here's some mums on my front porch. I just love Fall! It's my favorite season!

A couple sketches

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Welcome to my new blog!!

Welcome to my blog where I will try and post what I am working on from time to time as well as what's going on in my life.

I'm new to the whole blogging world so it make take some time for me to get the hang of it!