Maybe I shouldn't...maybe it's ok...in either case, I created this graphic for the 59th Annual Des Plaines River Marathon which takes place Sunday, May 22nd. If you've never participated in this event, you should! It's considered a friendly float for the vast majority who participate. It's a race for a very few - don't be intimidated by them. Grab your friends, get a canoe, kayak, rowboat - no don't do that - and plan to spend the day paddling down the Des Plaines River. It's an experience you'll never forget. You'll get a cool tee-shirt at the take-out! You must register to participate. : )
I know I've posted this before. But this little guy surprises me every time I come across this image in my files. I had pet mice as a little girl. My best mouse ever was named Gumdrop. She was white, with perfectly round little red bulgy eyes. Gumdrop would scrunch herself into a perfectly mounded gumdrop shape. I loved that little mouse like CRAZY!! Alas, it was an unrequited love.
This illustration was created using Prismacolor colored pencils - which I also love like crazy. The wax allows the pigment to build up in layers. Enough layers and I think the wax helps make the colors glow. Is that glow...love?
Cultivating a worm farm is a very gratifying and a very smart thing to do. This demonstration worm farm is located at Hoffman Park in Cary, Illinois. Brainchild of Dave Raica of the Cary Park District, this farm offers an easy to understand concept of how a worm farm works and what it does.
Who doesn't love seeing tiny worms in straw hats driving tractors?
Oh yeah, I created all the original illustrations and designed the graphics.
Maps tell stories.
Maps show us how our view of the world
has changed over time.
Maps can drop out all the visual confusion
allowing our attention to be focused.
Maps can provide a sense
of the character of place.
Maps can take us back in time...or forward.
Maps allow us to travel, anywhere and everywhere.
Maps can show us something we've never seen before right in our backyard.
The North Branch Prairie Restoration project works on public lands in Cook County, Illinois. A crazy, heavily populated county in northeastern Illinois.
Perhaps you've heard of Chicago?
When you look at this map, you don't see Chicago or the or evidence of weight of humanity. What you see are the veins and arteries of the waterways that flow through the region. Treasured and beloved open spaces are threaded along the waterways. These are the sites the NBPR Project work and commune with nature, preserving and passing on the love and reverence for future generations.
I've been creating custom art for clients
for a L O N G time.
Receiving these beauties in the mail blew me away. I worked with author JF Smith over a several month period to create the star map that serves as the means of navigation in the world he created for his latest book. Making the star map was an extraordinary experience.
The star map is also the background for the book covers. I designed the covers and created the font. JF was a wonderfully communicative client. We really made this art together.
I showed these books to my son. His response was, "Mom, twenty years from now someone will see one of these books in a used book store, pull it off the shelf and bring it home to read it. That's VERY cool. This is something REAL."
Thank you JF for choosing me to help bring
your vision to life, it was a pleasure.
JF Smith Stories
Fresh website. Fresh look. Fresh beginning.
I count myself as one of the lucky ones.
I was able to turn my gift for drawing into a full-time career. Going on 25 years. It's been tough, but it has been my joy. My choice all those years ago allowed me to be home and present for both my children. I wouldn't have had it any other way. My kids watched me work over the years, helped me brainstorm and gave great, honest, blunt critiques. They both learned VERY early that to touch the artwork was DEATH!! They witnessed as I learned how to do new things and did whatever it took meet client deadlines. As they worked on homework I worked on client work. They watched me grow to be a better business woman. They watched over me though some very challenging situations. But most of all, my children saw that I loved what I do. They saw the joy and passion I brought to and received from my work.
That's been the best gift of all, spending my life with my children, sharing the joy and passion for my work with them.