A little snippet of something I'm working on:
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A little snippet of something I'm working on:
I opened my Bristol pad today and stumbled across these little guys. I think they are drawn from photos from either Ranger Rick or Your Big Backyard:
I had the opportunity earlier this year to illustrate a short book to go along with a set of stuffed toys called The Amazing Dream Team Pets. The concept behind the toys is that the stuffed animals act as night-time guardians fending off bad dreams while children sleep. Children can then 'reward' the stuffed toy the next morning for a good night's job with stickers. Characters were designed by OIC Toys, so the illustrations were based off the stuffed animal prototypes at the time:
Something a little different... I made this drawing for The Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary where I regularly volunteer. Unfortunately, it didn't get used for it's intended purpose, but I like him anyway. First time I've drawn a lemur...
So, in an attempt to disrupt my shameful neglect of this blog, here are some more sketches from some time ago...
I feel a bit neglectful, having not updated here since quite some time ago last year! Unfortunately, everything I've been working on as of late happens to be commercial work that I can't show quite yet, so I'm afraid I still haven't much I can share. So, I dug up some old warm-up sketches from last year:
Well, I'm back in town after visiting family in Prescott, AZ. We had a great time and kept very busy. We started out in Tucson visiting the Pima Air & Space Museum, then drove down to Sahuarita and took a very thorough five hour tour of a decommissioned missile silo complex at the Titan Missile Museum:
I can't say I have an especially deep interest in today's Picture Book Month theme of planes, trains, and automobiles, so I had to scrape a bit to find a book from my library fitting the topic. The closest I could come was The Adventures of Taxi Dog by Debra and Sal Barracca, illustrated by Mark Buehner:
Well, I missed a few days of my picture book month updates - not because I couldn't find any fitting titles from my library, but because I've been in transit to Arizona to visit family! I'm still having fun here with my family, but thought I'd try to catch up on my posting, so for today's theme of creativity I dug out Robin's Room, written by Margaret Wise Brown and illustrated by one of my favorite illustrator-couples, Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher. Robin's parents try to channel his impressive, but somewhat destructive creativity by allowing him to renovate his own room:
Holly Hobbie's first book in the Toot & Puddle series works well for today's Picture Book Month Theme of Around the World. Toot takes off on a year-long adventure around the world while Puddle waits for his return:
For today's Picture Book Month theme of bugs, I pulled out my rather battered copy of Nicholas Cricket who "plays every night in the Bug-a-Wug Cricket Band." Written by Joyce Maxner and illustrated by the illustrious William Joyce:
I thought Leo the Lop would be a perfect match for today's Picture Book Month theme of rabbits. I adore those old Serendipity books and always make sure to scout used bookstores for titles missing from my growing collection:
This illustration is currently appearing in this month's issue of Ladybug magazine. Can you find all the acorns?
I'd been growing a bit weary of my website design for a while now. I figure after six years of the same old site, a redesign might be in order. I wanted to get away from the clutter and go for a clean, simple, and straightforward design - http://phyllishornungpeacock.com/. There are a few pieces of art in the gallery that I've never posted online before, but most of it was either on my site previously and/or posted on this blog. The new design is very visually spare compared to my old design, but hopefully that will only help to not distract from the art itself. Plus it has this cute little animated bird (who's looking a wee bit blurry here...):
I'm none too thrilled with the way this piece turned out. Something's not right about it, but it's time to move on. So here it is:
Pansies from my little balcony garden! I really like doing these simple watercolor nature studies every now and then. They're almost relaxing to me - probably because they don't take anywhere near as long to paint as my usual techniques. I'll have to do more of them. :)
What's Your Angle, Pythagoras? and A Place for Zero! I'm usually informed about the sales of foreign rights, but I'm always quite surprised when translated copies arrive in the mail - a really fun surprise! I love seeing the foreign publishers' different approaches to cover design - quite different from the American versions! There's barely a word of English to be found in these books, but I see a url on the back cover for Foreign Language Teaching and Resource Press, so I'm going to guess that's the Chinese publisher... Display Comments Add a Comment
I realize it's quite a bit early to be thinking about Christmas, but I know some people (me! me!) like to get started on their shopping early. With that said, I've just listed two 4-pack sets of of "Winter Campfire" Christmas cards at my Etsy shop. I'm hoping to find more of these cards buried somewhere, but at the moment it looks like this is it, so get them while you can!
I have a painting that's very close to finished, but it will have to wait since at the moment I am tied up with work I can't show. So, in the meantime, here's a little owl I painted for warm-up a while ago. He's for sale at my Etsy Shop: