Sunday, September 4, 2016

Highlights Look and Look Again

I created these 2 pieces for Highlights High Five magazine, the spanish version. The kids find the differences between the two illustrations, its called look and look again. Gracias, maestro was one of the first pieces colored digitally.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Wine Glasses


A couple of years ago I saw some wine glasses in St.Augstine that had boobs on them. I thought the idea was pretty funny. So, I gave it a go. I made a set for my sister in law and her friend ended up ordering some. This is her set. My favorite is the navy blue one because the white really pops.




Monday, July 25, 2016

A little glitch

The very talented artist June Goulding noticed my bike did not have a chain, little things that I need to pay more attention to. So now she can ride her bike.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

My first coloring book


I had the chance to work on my first coloring book for VeroBeach.com. This was the first time in a long time that I worked in colored pencils and I really enjoyed it. I loved the control and the layering, I plan to do a lot more work this way. This was a great chance to start.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Outerspace


This is the first illustration of outer space that I have ever done.I created the original in Photoshop and then tweaked the colors and textures in Photoshop. This art was done for the Highlights company.


Saturday, May 21, 2016

Jingle Bulb Coloring book


I have been working on a coloring book of designs  based on my JingleBulb business.
 I thought i would sit down with my colored pencils, I really enjoyed the process and gave me a better idea of creating my coloring book.


I found this idea on Pinterest, and it was so much nicer having all the pencils organized and available.

Sunday, March 27, 2016

My new Studio

We finally moved into our new house and I have the studio almost done. I still have to hang up the ornaments that I make, but aside from that everything has a place.

Let me show you around. Its small but efficient.






We bought 2 ikea tables and put them together to give me a place to draw and also a place to craft. 
When my daughter came over she could be on one side and I could be on the other, it works out really well.




I am lucky that the closet is large, it holds a lot of my art supplies and when I don't want to look at it I can close the doors. The cubes are from Michaels , they hold a lot and they are easy to put together.
I found this table at a consignment store, I painted the bottom black with chalk paint and added some nice knobs from Hobby Lobby. This set up works well for me, I have my printers and scanners near by.
We bought this book shelf years ago, it managed to survive the move. Once again those cubes really work out so great. I was going to put up cabinets but it really closed in the room, so I need something else to hold even more things that I can't get rid of.
On the side are 2 pieces of art created by an artist I admire, Judith Moffatt.


I did the pony above as a present for my father who loved horses, I created that at the age of 4. 

 

The first piece of art my friend Katie Atkinson gave me when we left Ct. This painting was used in a greeting card for the company Good Cause. My friend Jeannine Audette had the studio wall art made for me by an artist that I love, Normas Francini, and the the squares were done for me by my coworkers at Weekly Reader, it was a tradition to make one of these when an illustrator would leave, I treasure mine.
I am very happy to have the studio all set up and am grateful that everything has its place. The two windows look outside to a pretty country road, where there are plenty of birds chirping.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

My Secret Santa Solution

I play  Bunco, we do a secret Santa yearly and this year  I picked my friend Liz to buy for. I wasn't sure what to get, and then viola, I had a good idea.
I saw this at Joanns

Hmmm what to do, Liz works for Victoria Secret and has wonderful ugly sweater parties. So the fun began. And this is what I came up with....



And then inspired by last years party I found little lights that I fit in the victoria secret inspired bag.
And it lights up. I hope she likes it.



Tuesday, October 6, 2015

My Hidden Pictures arrived today..

 Look what I got in the mail today. I did several hidden pictures for Highlights Magazine, I really enjoy creating these drawings and appreciate the fact that they send the illustrators the printed copies.





Its always a challenge, the best advice that I was given  was to create the illustration first and then find the hidden picture opportunities.


Sunday, August 30, 2015

My fun with digital color..


I was asked to do a coloring book page with my other PictureBookArtists friends. The theme was outdoors, I love lakes so I did this.
When it was all done I decided to finally play around with the digital brushes that I bought from Kyle Webster. It was very fun and I loved playing with all the textures, my next challenge will be creating the art without the line.



Friday, June 26, 2015

A book proposal in 30 days...


In June I attended the SCBWI conference here in Orlando Florida.
The project was to come up with a wordless, or limited word picture book, I had this idea for a while, 
the challenge was to pull this together in 30 days. I got some worthwhile  feedback from the editor Martha Rago, which I appreciated.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Card making


As of late I have gotten interested in card making. This is a card I made from papers I had in the studio. I made it for a friend that just had their first child.

I bought punches from Fiskars, I have to say my favorite card making supply is my Fiskars rotary cutter that folds up. I would love to eventually design my own papers to use in my card making.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

An Alligators Valentine

Here is a promotional piece I had done for Valentines Day. After moving to Florida, Alligators have been more on my mind. Happy Valentines Day

Saturday, January 31, 2015

My First Highlights Cover

Here is my first cover for Highlights Lets Play Series. Also, one of the first times I sent the art in digitally. I was nervous and very happily surprised when it came out.



This is the digital copy I can see the colors changed a bit, but I am very happy with the cover.
Also very relieved to see what was printed was close to what I saw on my screen, thanks John Nez for the calibration advice. This is the thing I love the most about this digital age, being able to send my art via my computer, just amazing.


Friday, January 2, 2015

This is the house my sister gave me. She found it at a tag sale and she had it for a while, I fell in love with it, then it became mine.
 In this picture it is dressed up for Christmas. I imagine some German grandfather working on it for his grandchild.
Still a work in progress but this is how far I have gotten. I painted some furniture, decided to not put in a kitchen and a bathroom so I could add the studio and another bedroom. Two more interesting rooms.
 This is the fun part, I found great canvases at Hobby Lobby, and had so much fun imagining the artist that would be painting in her studio. I made a fun flat file from matchboxes and scrapbook paper. And I loved doing the miniature paintings. The trash thing in front is from church when my husband received communion. I love the fact this is a work in progress. And who knows maybe when the time is right I may have some little ones playing with this.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Look what Mark made me...


This is the display that Mark made for my Jingle Bulbs. I had them on a white tree which got some wear and tear. So when Mark came with this idea and I was all over it. The Believe came from Joanns, I think it is perfect to break up the lines of the display.

Friday, November 7, 2014


This is a piece that I did for Highlights Lets Play Hidden Picture program. This program is wrapping up and I feel a bit sad about it. I will miss the regular fun work and working with the art director, who is so fun to work with.

I learned so much with this project. 

The first thing I learned that as an illustrator, when you hear that a company is looking for artists you need to follow up, send your work and then if you don't hear anything back, keep pursuing. Art directors are very busy.

I also learned how to send my art digitally, a wonderful thing. Ok. this really dates me, but oh well I used to be computer behind but no longer.

And because of Highlights, I look at the world in a Hidden Picture kind of way.

So, now off to new projects, hopefully with Highlights and many other companies.

Being an illustrator is a wonderful thing to be.

Saturday, November 1, 2014


Jingle Bulbs for 2014 is online. Always a  learning curve. I have come to terms with that.  
The process is ....confusion....then frustration... then enlightenment.

On the creative side, I believe this is one of my best years. I found a way of making glass ornaments look like sea glass, including the texture.  

I believe this is my best offer of ornaments yet. 

I really hope you like them , please take a look.

I would like to say to the collectors of Jingle Bulbs, thank you very much. 
My creative side really needs to create new ornaments yearly.

 I could never do what i do  without your support.

Your faithful artist. 
Sue




Sunday, October 19, 2014

My new Brush markers

I have always loved the thick and thin of brush markers. I found one that has permanent ink, its the Pentel Brush marker, I love it. I bought a couple of other markers, but this is my favorite by far.
I also love my Copic markers. So, this is an example of what I have been doing in my sketchbook.
I have had to get used to not getting the art just where I wanted it, my sketchbook is a place to make mistakes and be free.


And this is what I used, I love the Copic markers because they are so smooth.




Saturday, September 13, 2014

I was very excited to get this in the mail. My art inspired by my mermaid obsession, the art directors for the from Highlights magazine, saw a piece of mermaid art that I did on my site and asked me to turn the idea into a Hidden Picture. This whole book has some of the best work that I have seen, just wonderful and I am so happy to be a part of it. Look for it here: https://store.highlights.com/puzzle-book-clubs/hidden-pictures-club