Monday, July 19, 2010

T-shirt design entry!

I have entered a design for the Illicit Clothing Company Tshirt Design Competition.
They are a streetwear clothing store with stores through NZ and also selling overseas. They have some skulls and gangster stuff for the older market but also sells less illicit designs for girls and kids too.
There will be an online voting system soon to decide on who will be the lucky winners! Will do another post once I know the details!

Friday, July 9, 2010

Sparkle Creations GRAND OPENING Blog Hop

Welcome to the Grand Opening blog hop for Sparkle Creations Rubber Stamps! To start at the beginning of the blog hop, please go to the Sparkle Creations Rubber Stamps.
Today we're releasing 8 new stamps! And we're giving away a ton of prizes! One lucky person will win the grand prize of all 8 images. There are also 5 single stamp prizes hidden, so make sure you comment on everyone's blogs! You will have until midnight Eastern time to comment and the winners will be announced on the Sparkle Creations Rubber Stamps blog.

Now a bit about myself. I am the illustrator of the company. Sparkle has chosen me to design and illustrate characters and images for her new online Rubber Stamp Store. We met (online) in February and now we can finally launch the online store!

Our normal procedure for illustrating these stamps involves about 1-3 stages of drafts and once a draft is approved by Sparkle I move onto inking! Check out how Scooter Chloe's image was created!

I send the finished image to Sparkle in high resolution and she turns them into rubber stamps!
We both have says in naming the characters. "Chloe" was chosen by me!
Below is my finished version of Chloe!

It has been lovely working for Sparkle. She has introduced me into this online world of scrapbooking/crafting and stamping! I hope you will purchase the stamps, create beautiful designs with them and inspire people around you! That way hopefully I will get to keep illustrating for Sparkle!
Sparkle will be offering free standard shipping for all orders over $25 for the weekend (til midnight EST Sunday), and the code is FREESHIP. Thank you for stopping by and now it's time to go to Sandra MacLean's blog!

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Sparkle Creations- Creation of Ruby

Only One more day until Sparkle Creations Rubber Stamp Onlinestore launch!

Here goes the development of Ruby. Can you see how her lips shrunk during the rough process?

I must have been very hungry for cupcakes when I was illustrating Ruby!
And below is a lovely design by Sparkle Smith, the owner of the online store.
Loving all the textures she's using!

And here goes my version of Ruby. Hope you like it!

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Sparkle Creations- Creation of Lucy

Only a couple more days until launch of Sparkle Creations Rubber Stamp Online store!
Here goes development of Swimming Lucy illustration.

Gosh, I hardly ever mixed drinking bubbly and swimming in my life, other than maybe when munching hungrily on sizzled sausages during family camping times next to the beach. But I would never look as clean and composed as Lucy or those beautiful people you see on TV, sipping drinks and eating nibbles while paddling graciously in their huge swimming pools.

Anyway, Sparkle has done a wonderful creation with the stamp. Check her design out below!
Loving the pinks, and the wonderful choices of paper!

You can purchase the stamp from Sparkle Creations from the 10th of July.
And below is my coloured version of Swimming Lucy!

Sparkle Creations- Creation of Charlotte

This is my second post today, creation of Charlotte!
This character was designed with "Mothers day" theme in mind. But as Sparkle has mentioned in her blog, she can be a very versatile stamp!

You can purchase the stamp at Sparkle Creations website, which is due to launch in a few days! And below is the card designed by Sparkle Smith using the stamp. She is the owner of the Sparkle Creations company. A lovely boss to work with!

And below is my version of Charlotte with rose. I chose subtle grey for her dress to give her a more sophisticated look!

Bookmark Illustration

"Allergy Awareness" week is an annual event held in New Zealand. Last year I was contacted by Allergy NZ company to design four lovely bookmarks to promote their organization.
"The aim of Allergy New Zealand is to raise the awareness of allergies, to provide support and represent the interests of people living with allergies, especially children and their families."

This year we have added a new design to the collection o bookmarks. You will find them around schools, libraries, hospitals and community centres. On the front are cute illustrations (with some reference to the them of Allergy Awareness) and on the back are useful information regarding allergy.

This year I went with a boy-ish theme, packed with common allergy food (shellfish, squid, fish and crayfish) with the message "STAY SAFE". I wanted to portray that you don't have to be weak or sick to be allergic to something, a healthy active person can also be affected by it!

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Sparkle Creation- Creation of Oliver!

Here goes the development of Surfing Oliver. Actually Oliver was initially designed as a St Patricks Day character (since I came up with his character in March). But we decided to save that for next year and go with surfing theme to keep in time with the Sparkle Creation Rubber Stamp launch date!

Nice and bright  and summery! You can purchase the stamps from the Sparkle Creation website from the 10th of July!

And below is my finished version of Surfing Oliver. ENJOY!

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Sparkle Creation- Creation of Rin

Here goes another post for Sparkle Creation Fans.
Creation of Lantern Rin! She went through two roughs, notice that she started off rather chubby and less-asian-looking. You can buy the stamp from Sparkle Creation site.
Below is Sparkle's design using the stamp! Love her choices of papers. The butterflies look great too!

And below is my version of the Lantern Rin!

Friday, July 2, 2010

Sparkle Creation Rubber Stamps- Creation of Turntable Josh

Here goes my first post for all the Sparkle Creation fans. I have been asked by the lovely Sparkle Smith to be the illustrator for her new rubber stamp company.For the first series I came up with 8 lovely characters. I will be showing you how the character Josh was developed.
He went through three roughs before finalizing. Can you see how his face became cuter every step? I often learn my client's taste while going through the rough process. Sparkle loves cute and whimsical!

And here goes the finished illustration. You can purchase this rubber stamp from the Sparkle Creation site. The online shop will be launching on the 10th of July!
Sparkle has come up with a beautiful design using the Turntable Josh stamp.
And below is my coloured version. Since I don't have time or the resource to make cards, or have the confidence to come up with a good design after seeing Sparkle's design, I will be doing what I do best with the stamps!
I will be showing my version of the finished illustration! ENJOY!

Two of my works were displayed at the 2010 Original Art Sale Show last weekend held at the TelestraClear Pacific Centre. Both were fairy small canvas works titled "Alice and Rabbit" and "Snow white".

2010 Original Art Sale Show is one of the biggest art sale shows in NZ, held across three days. You have to be chosen by the show producers to get a spot to display your works and get the chance to sell your art to the public. This year there were over 1,400 artworks on sale!
I just got a call from  the producer saying that both my works were sold!
Whoever bought my paintings, THANK YOU! I'm sure my babies are happy at their new homes!
Hopefully next year I will be chosen again to take part in the sale show. And next time I will manage my time better so that I can do much bigger paintings!

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Billie Books 5 & 6 now online!

Read the first pages of Books 5 and 6 of the Billie B Brown series on the Billie website!! For those who doesn't know, these series are written by the wonderful author Sally Rippin and illustrated by ME! Wonderful series for readers from age 7+.
So far there are 4 books out in the stores in Australia and New Zealand. Books 5 and 6 will be available in stores during August! Check out Billie website for fun games and more updates!