Making Family Traditions My Own, The Matzo Cloth April 19, 2017 - Many of us grow up with family traditions. Often in those traditions there are family heirlooms. As we grow up and leave home to start our individual lives as adults we start reminiscing over holidays past. We think of the smells, sights, sounds and even the heirlooms and it evolves into a nostalgia. If there … Continue reading Making Family Traditions My Own, The Matzo Cloth
Jet the Frog’s Big Imagination at Christmas (part 4, All That Candy) February 15, 2017 - So, I meant to write this over the holiday season but time got away from me and even though this is from a Christmas Book I wanted to share this part of the project with all of my foodie friends or any of you who have a sweet tooth. In Jet the Frog’s Big Imagination … Continue reading Jet the Frog’s Big Imagination at Christmas (part 4, All That Candy)
The 2016 Aronofsky Christmas Card December 25, 2016 - Christmas cards, why did we all stop sending them? Are we too busy? Do we not plan ahead? Is it too expensive? Do we just feel like we don’t know what to say? Whatever the reason the sending of Christmas cards is dying out but I am and have been determined to bring back the … Continue reading The 2016 Aronofsky Christmas Card
Jet the Frog’s Big Imagination at Christmas (Part 3, the Parade) December 19, 2016 - Jet the Frog’s Big Imagination at Christmas Part 1 & Part 2 gave you insider information in one of the most complex scenes of the book. However, there is another equally complex scene. The parade.
Jet the Frog’s Big Imagination at Christmas (Part 2, The Pajamas) December 16, 2016 - Jet the Frog’s Big Imagination at Christmas (part 1) began giving you a loot at someone the MANY hidden gems in this adorable children’s Christmas picture book. Towards the end of the book there’s a scene with the Jet and Soren sitting in the living room enjoying their favorite Christmas story together. This living room … Continue reading Jet the Frog’s Big Imagination at Christmas (Part 2, The Pajamas)
Jet the Frog’s Big Imagination at Christmas (Part 1, The Tree) December 9, 2016 - Are you looking for a gift for a little one in your life? What better gift than a fun picture book about a frog who learns and imagines all the Christmas has to offer!
The Big Idea November 30, 2016 - The big idea. The inspiration. The epiphany. Where does it come from? How do you get it? Some might describe it as a light bulb going off over your head. Some may describe it as a being struck by lightening. Do only creative people get it? Who is a “creative person” anyways?
Respecting Life November 9, 2016 - When mapping out my site I knew that I wanted to make categories to hone in on ingredients. Because of this I would need images for the top of each of the categories. When thinking about what the the images for the meat ingredients I wanted to not just show a cut of meat but … Continue reading Respecting Life
Christmas Cards? In November? November 2, 2016 - Now that it’s November it’s time to start thinking about all of your Christmas planning. Yes, Thanksgiving is coming up but hopefully you already have that planned. Now, since there isn’t much to do on that front it’s time to think about Christmas Cards and any other preplanning you need to be doing.
Designing Featured Images November 2, 2016 - When working on launching my blog I discovered that I would have to do a lot of custom artwork for my blog. The template I picked out allowed me to put featured images on pages and categories. This was going to be the image that would be seen before a reader picked a post to … Continue reading Designing Featured Images
Food Caricatures? October 27, 2016 - Working on my blog I keep running into situations that need “featured images” and or course I have to come up with something that reflects me as an artist. I didn’t want to do pictures of dishes I have made since they will get their own posts when when having categories to sort through my … Continue reading Food Caricatures?
Everyone needs a fairytale October 22, 2016 - This was an illustration I titled: Everyone needs their own fairytale. I used Snow Whites cottage as inspiration but used a series of 7 of my personal photos from Scotty Castle and my own yard to create the reference concept.
Debbie’s Farm October 19, 2016 - One night I got a text from my friend I have illustrated the Jet the Frog series for that she wanted me to do a “family portrait” illustration for a good friend of hers who was going through a tough time. She then told me this friend has a farm, zoo and so much more. … Continue reading Debbie’s Farm
Making my nephew the star June 3, 2016 - What man or boy doesn’t want to be in Star Wars? After having done may projects of making girls the stars of some of their favorite movies I got the idea to do a poster that was based more on what boys like. (Now let me state I do understand that whether it’s sci-fi or … Continue reading Making my nephew the star
An inside look January 23, 2016 - This is a peak into how I used mixed media to make my caricatures come to life.
It’s all about texture June 24, 2014 - Working on Jet the Frog I have been faced with lots of challenges. Whether it be space or under water. Artistically there is something in every book that challenges my abilities as an artist. In the most recent book not only was there yet a whole new challenge, hair and fur, but it has allowed … Continue reading It’s all about texture
Behind the scenes with Jet the Frog June 18, 2014 - Secrets revealed: Jet the Frog was the beginning of a whole new style of artwork for me. It change the process of how I draw. I was asked to draw a frog with a big imagination. Somewhere in my creative imagination I made something that was a cross between a toad and a frog. The … Continue reading Behind the scenes with Jet the Frog
Target t-shirts and contests March 14, 2014 - Shortly after I got hired on at the Human Resources Team Leader for the Target near me it came to my attention that the store was going to be celebrating their 1 year anniversary. The store wanted to do something special. In talking with the executive team I offered my deign skills to help make … Continue reading Target t-shirts and contests
Expressing oneself July 9, 2013 - After winning the t-shirt design contest for Target HQ about expressing “pride” it got me thinking. How would I express my pride?
Little Ladybug October 1, 2012 - After seeing the Little Mermaid poster I did another co-worker asked me if I could help her out with her daughters first birthday. Her idea was to do a ladybug themed party and wanted to know if I had any ideas for a poster.
One girls dream to be a Disney princess August 15, 2012 - One of my first projects was making one little girls dream come true of becoming the little mermaid. At the time I was working for Target and a co-worker asked me if I could make her daughter into the littler mermaid. I told her I would need an image of her daughter and she said … Continue reading One girls dream to be a Disney princess
Zombies at work May 21, 2012 - Once I was known as “The Poster Guy” I was asked to do some fun posters in the employee areas of the store I worked in. The posters were meant to excite and engage the employees about the programs and company philosophies. Each poster I did had a different theme and featured actual store employees. … Continue reading Zombies at work