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I have the good fortune of living reasonably close to the Irving Arts Center which has hosted some really wonderful children's book art exhibits. Several months ago we saw an assortment of Ed Young originals and this past weekend we went to see their current exhibit of original, mostly older, Golden Books covers.
I grew up with a number of Eloise Wilkins books. I've always loved her sweet depictions of childhood and was so happy to see three of her originals:
One of my all-time favorite illustrators, Trina Schart Hyman, had an original I'd never seen before on display:
I love the retro look of some of these paintings. You can see the heavy influence of these older works on so many of the current new wave of retro-styled artists popping up these days.
I'm so glad to have had the opportunity to see such great works first-hand. It's worth stopping by if you're in the neighborhood.
As promised, here's another one of the products I had the pleasure of working on. I think the concept behind this is pretty self-explanatory. In case it's hard to tell from the photo, the reindeer's scarf doubles as a hook/noose! Poor stressed-out reindeer.
I know it's a little bit late for Christmas, but I just received my illustrator's copies of an Advent calendar I worked on a while back. The theme for the calendar is "Christmas Around the World," so I had a chance to learn about all the interesting Christmas traditions from several different countries around the world.
Here's the interior illustration without windows - it might be a little easier to make out some of the details in the art:
It looks like it's available here on Amazon.
I also got some other samples, along with the Advent calendars, of products I worked on in the recent past, but haven't had a chance to photograph them yet. So, more soon to come...
I found this little sketch while cleaning out my studio. I nearly forgot about it. Hope to come back to it in paint some day.
The gallery show this past Thursday went over really well. The space was perfect for our group and we had a great turnout. Some pictures from the show:
A neat way to hang some art - strung on wires with clothes pins, clothesline style:
And my panel of art:
A video and more photos of the show can be found here:
It was a great experience! Hope to do it again some day!
I'm still incredibly busy with our three-month old little girl and haven't really had time for art, but I'm trying to keep my fingers in it and as such, I'll be participating in a group show next week. This will be my first ever gallery showing, so I'm really looking forward to it! I'll be showing only older work, but it's still a great chance to come and see original works up close by fourteen different artists. If you're in the area, I hope you can make it!
A sampling of the pieces I'll be showing is here:http://www.northtexasillustrators.com/project/phyllis-hornung-peacock/http://www.northtexasillustrators.com/project/phyllis-hornung-peacock/
I've been away for a while, and for good reason. It's been a bit busy around here:
Meet the recent addition to the family, Julia! She's almost two months old and keeping us very busy. I'm sure she'll provide great artistic inspiration for years to come!
It's getting warmer here. Time for some spring and summer-time activities, I think...
I've had this painting 99% complete sitting on my desk for probably a year or two and only just added the finishing touches yesterday. I'm glad to have it finally completely finished!
For sale here
in my etsy shop. You can check out the sketch from way back in the 2010 archives here
Digging back into ancient history, here's another painting from the archives:
I painted this back in 2002 for an issue of Ladybug magazine
. Just listed for sale in my Etsy shop
Copyright belongs to Carus Publishing Company.
This illustration is appearing in the current issue of Spider magazine. Northern lights are fun to paint!
I hope the new year's finding everyone well! Here's a peek at a little project I completed at the end of last year:
What could be more appropriate than snowmen during this arctic blast that's sweeping so much of the country?! Even here in Texas, we're feeling it. This is one of a series of designs for a seasonal home product set. Something a little different for me... I can't say much else about it at this time, but hopefully will have more on this in the future. In the meantime, stay warm!
Just in time for Halloween - I recently completed a number of holiday designs for a series of home decor products. I can't go into detail about the project yet, but will hopefully have more to show in the future. Happy Halloween!
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:
Copyright on above images belongs to OIC Toys.
They're currently only available online from the Dream Team Pets
website or through Amazon
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...
Harvey Potter's rather, uh, nontraditional farm adds a twist to today's Picture Book Month theme of Farms:
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:
Sally Hunter's Humphrey's Corner may be more a portrayal of early childhood than of elephants, but her softly illustrated elephant characters are simply adorable:
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:
I love Christopher Denise's depiction of kittens in David Elliott's Knitty Kitty which fits today's Picture Book Month theme of cats:
Happy Thanksgiving to all those celebrating! We're heading off to dinner soon, but in the meantime we were able to enjoy a Thanksgiving rainbow:
Rainbows are an incredibly common occurrence here. I think I've seen more rainbows in the year and a half we've lived here than I had in my entire life before!
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:
Stopped by the beautiful Mission San Xavier del Bac on the way back to Prescott:
Got in some good hiking on the Centenniel Trail
and near Granite Mountain:
And finished off with a tour of the Frank Lloyd Wright-influenced Arizona Biltmore
before catching our flight out of Phoenix:
It was so good visiting with family and great fun all around!
Looks like I fell behind a bit on my Picture Book Month
posting - and I even have books befitting the themes of all the days I missed! Oh well - I'll pick up with today's theme of dogs. I found this Little Golden Book on my shelf that I must have had since I was little. I think the puppies are adorable. And it looks like the book's held up pretty well considering how old it is!
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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:
I think the children are from Muybridge's The Human Figure in Motion
. The old butler-y character is the French teacher from the movie A Little Princess
. I thought he had such a distinctive look, that I freeze-framed through the movie and sketched him in a few poses. I hope to get back to more regular posting in the not-too-far-distant future...