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1. Work in Progress

An illustration piece in progress -

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2. New Wall Art

Excited to be licensing these two food related images for wall art:

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3. Henri!, Character design concept.

Henri!, Character design concept.

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4. Yusuke Oono

Yusuke Oono

Yusuke Oono

Yusuke Oono

Yusuke Oono

Yusuke Oono

Yusuke Oono

Yusuke Oono is an architect/designer, who currently works at an architectural design firm based in Tokyo, noiz architects. His projects have included working on landscape designs, interior, furniture, graphic and exhibition planning. He is keen to find new ways to express dimension using laser cutters and 3D scanners and printers. The booklets are created using laser cutting and have a beautiful and ethereal quality about them like stepping into a fairytale.

To view more from this amazing designer visit his portfolio 

Posted by Jessica Holden


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5. a woman after my own heart....

"ribbons undone"
©the enchanted easel 
for sure!

this little treasury is everything. anyone who curates a treasury based on Tori Amos songs, well that's someone i just instantly have to show some love for! and, including MY tribute painting to Tori? happy...and humbled. :)

this painting form last year, entitled "ribbons undone" (named after the Tori song of the same name, of course) is one of my favorites. visit my etsy shop to purchase a print of her or a cute little compact mirror (only ONE left...) . also, over at fine art america, you can purchase this piece on a multitude of awesome products....from tote bags to duvet covers.

and, just because we are talking about Tori here, well here's the inspiration for this piece....:)

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6. Happy

"Happy" comes in many flavors.

There is the "reading a letter and seeing photos of loved ones" happy. 

I'm doing a major edit on this illustration (which I showed you in the last post). I've added Mr. Mouse's wife, and embellished the 'story' quite a bit. He is still reading a letter, but now there are photos included. Mrs. Mouse is looking at one (no doubt of a Mouse grandchild or other special near-and-dear, and has her hand on her chest in that "My! how he's grown!" or "Look how beautiful she is!" or gesture.

There is also some stamp collector busy-ness going on there. You can see how I work here - layers of tissue, taped one on top of the other, with edits done, and re-done, and re-done, until its right. Lots of fiddling with the exact placement of things, overlaps, angles, etc., all to make it interesting and a good design. Its getting there, and hopefully I'll have finished art to show next time.

Then there's "YAY! Gay Marriage is finally legal all across the Land!" happy.

I did some creative editing on my striped candy colored pencil drawing to make it into a whole rainbow, in honor of the Gay Pride rainbow theme.

Below is the original drawing. I used Photoshop to duplicate a piece of it, then did a lot of flopping and reversing and erasing and fiddling to get it to look like two more candies balancing on top. Then I used the "replace color" thing in the Adjustments menu to make them blue and purple. I'm pretty happy with how it turned out. It's still all my drawing, just with some changes made.

I've made prints available in my etsy shop, in a whole bunch of sizes. 
These are some of my print layouts, all ready to go. I do layouts of the art in different sizes, all on 8.5" x 11" paper, with trim marks. Here you see the ACEO, 5" x 7", and 4" x 6" sizes all ready to print out. 

And last but not least, there's the "My art won an award!!" happy.

An Award of Excellence!! I'm so proud of my little Berry Tart.

This drawing almost didn't get finished. I did this last Summer, and wanted to enter it in the UArt Open Exhibit. The deadline was approaching, but I came down with the weirdest mystery illness that involved a lot of vertigo (where the level in your head goes wonky and you feel like you're going to tip over). I had that on and off for weeks. I'd work on this, then have a spell and have to go lie down. I finally finished the day before the deadline to submit art to the show - but because it was so close, I couldn't mail in the entry, and instead had to drive it over to the UArt store downtown and deliver it in person. I opted to drive the slower city streets route rather than the freeway, just in case. I made it there OK, and thankfully found parking right in front. There was a bit of a queue though at the counter, and while I waited my turn I felt myself start to go . . . I had a mild panic, thinking I'd topple over, but just in time it was my turn, and I handed over my entry packet to a nice man who wished me a hearty "Good luck!". And I was out the door and into the car, where I was OK again, since I was sitting. And I made it home again, slowly.

So long story short, the art did get accepted into that show (along with my Molasses Cookie, which won an award!), then came home again, where its been sitting in a closet all nice and safe until I decided to enter it in this State Fair show. There are some other really stunning entries in the colored pencil division of the show, so I was surprised and extra happy to find out mine had won a special award.

Here is the complete list of show winners, if your'e interested. 

So that's about it for me, here. Happy Summer!

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7. meet Flora....

flora~original drawing
7x9 graphite on bristol
©the enchanted easel 2015
the first in a series of three summer/flower girls i will be releasing FOR SALE this summer.

*NOTE~this is an ORIGINAL DRAWING not a print. i will not be selling prints until the original drawing is sold. you can find here FOR SALE here.

also, in my etsy shop, i have three winter girls (ORIGINAL DRAWINGS) available. try not to be biased but they are my favorite. well of course they are, they represent WINTER...one of my obsessions (because God knows i have a few of those...;) )

ok, back to business.....i have also added share buttons to the images here in my blog. i have been trying to add pinterest buttons to the gallery images on my site but due to the format (carousel) i have the images displayed in, well that's the only format in which the pinterest buttons do not want to play nice. kind of stuck on the carousel format so i apologize for the lack of ease in sharing any images you may love on my site onto your pinterest pages. please feel free to share from my blog here though...if the mood strikes you. always remember, ALL of my images belong solely to ME. NONE of them are to be reproduced by anyone but myself. i see lots of artists have their hard work taken by others unknowingly and popping up all over the internet without consent/permission. so wrong but don't get me started....

so now that Flora has made her little debut this first full week of summer (thank you God for the gift of air conditioning....) her lovely little friends, Camillia and Blossom will be following...soon! :)

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8. Lieke van der Vorst







Lieke van der Vorst is the founder of liekeland, which she founded in 2011. She gets her inspiration from daily life, such as baking, tending the vegetable garden and going to markets. Her illustrations are whimsically detailed and make use of beautiful textures and lines.

To see more from this fantastic illustrator visit her website and tumblr 

posted by Jess Holden

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9. The 2nd Annual Pretty Much World Famous Illustration Contest For Children's Illustrators!!!

WOO HOO!  The day has finally arrived!  It's time for . . .

The 2nd Annual Pretty Much World Famous
Illustration Contest for Children's Illustrators!

The ContestDraw/Paint/Create a children's picture book illustration (no text required - art only) the topic for which shall be

Above all things, these illustrations are meant to evoke story, so it is crucial that they present at least one character, a setting, and ideally hint at/suggest some kind of plot or conflict idea.

Illustrations should be 8x10, horizontal or vertical, any medium, posted in jpg at least 72 px.  Illustrators may enter more than one entry if they're feeling ambitious :)

Post:  Your entry should be posted on your blog between right now this very second and Friday June 26 at 9 PM EDT (contest deadline!)  Please add your post-specific link to the link list below which will remain up all week so that people will be able to come visit and enjoy your amazing artwork.  If you don't have a blog but would like to enter, you will be able to copy and paste your entry into the comments below.  (If anyone has trouble commenting, which unfortunately happens, you may email me and I'll post your entry for you!)

Judging:  entries will be judged by multi-talented, award-winning author/illustrators Iza Trapani, author and illustrator of over 20 gorgeous picture books, and Lisa Thiesing, author and illustrator of 40 beautiful and fun picture books and early readers!   Judging criteria to include:

 - does the illustration evoke a sense of story,
 - is the picture readable to a young audience,
 - how well does it show the character(s) and
 - is/are the character(s) appealing (character development),
 - originality,
 - skill.

They will narrow down the entrants to 6 finalists (or possibly a couple more or less depending on the number of entries :)) which will be posted here on Monday June 29 for you to vote on for a winner.  The vote will be closed at 5PM EST on Thursday July 2 and the winner will be announced on Friday July 3... along with something for the writers in our audience, so stay tuned! :)

The Prizes!:  There will definitely be a 1st prize.  Whether we give prizes for 1st only, 1st-3rd, or 1st-6th will depend on how many entries we get.  We need at least 12 entries to place through 3rd, and at least 20 to place through 6th.

We've got some great prizes lined up including a chance to take Mark Mitchell's fantastic Make Your Marks And Splashes Online Children's Book Illustration Class (a $249 value, but really priceless!)  This class is packed with video lessons on the topics of drawing, painting, and children's book illustration and video interviews with children's illustrators. It also includes three months of online group critique sessions (2 sessions per month, at this point) with Mark and guest instructors, so the winner could also get the equivalent of a portfolio critique if she/he participated in all six of the sessions.  You can read all about it here: http://howtobeachildrensbookillustrator.com/NewCoursehome2/


Additional prizes will include:

 - a Wacon Intuos Pen and Touch Small Tablet (see details HERE)

 - a $50 gift certificate to Dick Blick Art Materials (which is online)

 - choices of the following books:
      - Writing With Pictures by Uri Shulevitz
      - 2015 Children's Writer's and Illustrator's Market by Chuck Sambuchino

  - a Canson sketch pad and a small set of Derwent or Faber Castell colored pencils

and of course the bragging rights to having won or placed in a Pretty Much World Famous Contest! :)

So ready, set, GO! artists!  We can't wait to see what you've created!  We're ready to be inspired! :)

Remember, add your post-specific blog link to the link list below or email your illustration to me for posting here!

And our first entry to be submitted (from an artist who doesn't have a blog) is this one from Tina Marantettte:

illustration copyright 2015 Tina Marantette

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10. Small

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11. Chip On A Bus

Today I'm sharing with you a sketch of Chip riding a bus. I'm working on a new story. Unlike the previous two picture books starring Chip this one is a middle grade book with illustrations. Probably a lot of illustrations, since I'm an illustrator/writer.

I have a lot of experience with buses. I used to ride an express to and from work in Portland each day for several years. I did a lot of sketching on those 40 minute rides.

Here we see Chip, and to a lesser extent his pal Fred who is sitting next to him. I have been drawing Chip for about 11 years now. One of the many things I like about writing a different kind of book like this (middle grade as opposed to picture book) is that I can be much more subtle. In a picture book you can't get away with the main character facing away from "the camera", in a big crowd. You have to have your hero easy to spot for the little kids.

The guy coming up the stairs is a minor character, whose only job was to start the story off. But then I changed the whole beginning of the story, and this scene doesn't exist anymore. I won't tell you his name, because it was so good I'm recycling it and using it as the name of the antagonist in the new version of the story. Ha! Cliff hanger there.

As usual this drawing was done in a sketchbook, with pencil. No color on this because I don't have time to colorize a drawing I'm not going to use these days.

I hope you all are having a terrific day, take care, and God bless. --Ry

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12. I Love Dad!

I love DADHappy Father's Day to all the great men who show up in our lives, guiding us and protecting us.

This little Labrador Retriever pup can't wait to give you a lick and play catch.

This illustration is for sale on iStock, item number 64529973.


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13. Illustrator Submission :: Lizzy Stewart

By Chloe

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Lizzy Stewart is an illustrator and artist currently based in London. She is inspired by writers such as Tove Janson and Doris Lessing, as well as museums and galleries. Her work is highly narrative and full of character. This is aided by her use of traditional media which gives Lizzy Stewart’s work a unique, quirky quality. If you’d like to find out more about Lizzy and her work please visit her portfolio here.

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14. PAPER GOODS - the printed peanut

The Printed Peanut have launched some new designs. The new arrivals illustrated by Louise Lockhart include temporary tattoos which are printed with non toxic vegetable inks, vinyl stickers - choose from either cats or sweet treats and a concertina book called 'Up my street' that folds out into a high street full of beautifully illustrated shops. (above instagram from Snowden Flood who

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15. WALL ART - the soma gallery

HelloMarine is a French illustrator, printmaker and pattern lover based in Brighton who has created a new series of Cactus prints (which are now in stock online at The Soma Gallery.) The striking graphic motifs come in colourful brights or monochrome black & white... The launch of the Cactus prints means no further excuses are needed to take a look at some further pieces from

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16. Ella Doran

Isabelle Pink Wallpaper for web © Ella Doran



Bikes flat wrap side a for web © ella doran



Ella Doran is an award winning designer and entrepreneur who fuses art and design for the interior, creating photography based images and patterns. She pioneered their application onto everyday objects when digital printing technologies where first developed. She has collaborated with The Tate, vital Arts and Surface View to name a few.

To see more from this designer visit her website and blog

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17. The Swamp Where Gator Hides Travels

I was delighted to receive this new edition in the mail from the publisher Dawn Publications. What a joy to see that children all over the world are reading and learning about alligators and other swamp creatures in The Swamp Where Gator Hides written by Marianne Berkes. This book is available on Amazon



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18. 3x3

Thanks 3x3 Magazine for a merit award and honorable mention for these two illos. The illustration on the left was inspired by a James Taylor​ song, "Close Your Eyes" - as I was driving through western MA last summer listening to it in my car this picture started to emerge.

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19. a bit about perseverance

At the half time break, at life drawing this evening, I was ready to give up forever. I wanted to sneak out, go home and never pick up my pens again. My drawings were an embarrassment and why was I even at life drawing? I shouldn't be there. I didn't deserve to be there - not with what I was producing. I, obviously, was getting ideas above my station going to life drawing. But I finished my cuppa and went back in. I persevered and I'm glad I did. I pulled this one out of the bag. And now I can carry on drawing for a bit longer. 

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20. Airborne


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21. More work for Wingspan

While I'm on a hiatus due to deadlines, here's some more work for Wingspan magazine....

Aroma Dating parties in London

Bathing in beer at the Starkenberger Beer Spa, Austria
A Silent Disco is shut down by the mayor of Salzburg for being too loud.

Yes, that's a self-portrait behind the turntables... well I couldn't resist.

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22. DESIGNER - nikki upsher

Nikki Upsher is a freelance surface pattern designer and illustrator based in Bath, UK. She has over twenty years experience in the business where she successfully designed textiles, fashion, stationery and gift for clients such as Monsoon, Boden, Paperchase and John Lewis. Nikki is seeking new clients and interesting projects and recently joined the P&P Designers for Hire Directory. Here are

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23. Illustration Submission :: Alice Pattullo

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Alice Pattullo is an illustrator based in East London. Her work is inspired by British folklore, traditions and superstition. This has created a distinctive vintage style within her work with a handmade quality. It is full of character and texture. Her work depicts a variety of subject matter from food to whimsical scenes of people and animals.

To view more of Pattullo’s charming illustrations, please visit her portfolio.

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24. DESIGNER - mia dunton

This is the interesting work of Mia Dunton who graduated from Norwich University College of the Arts in 2012. Mia has a a love for painting, pattern and vivid colour and is currently available for commissions and licensing.

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25. MB Artists Catalog

Check out the great artwork in my agent's new promotional catalog, themed "Perspective"!


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