Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Cover Illustration, published

Yay!  I can finally publicize the cover illustration I did for Ann Kingstone's book Stranded Knits!

The book features some really lovely stranded color-work knitted jumpers and accessories.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

WIP's quilting, knitting, and sketching

What am I working on?  Ah, I always have lots of stuff going on, don't I?
Time to share.

Firstly, Blue quilt is still in progress, but I now have 6 of 20 squares FMQed.
In the quilting world, I've finished the quilt top for this NYC Mod Quilters Challenge.

The challenge is to do a double wedding ring and I'll be entering this li'l beauty once it's quilted and bound...

I'm really excited about it!
In the knitting design world, I'm currently testing this lovely camisole.

And finally, I wanted to share with you all some of the rough drawings I did for a recent open call to submit illustrations.  Before I settled down and entered in my own pen and ink style, I experimented with some digital illustration.  Sometimes when I go digital I get all crazy and can't work my way out.  With these tests, I loved the palette and the main horse, but I couldn't find a way to adhere to all the guidelines which were really focusing on the "playground" theme in general.  Limiting it to the spring horse left me a bit wanting.  Love the form, but couldn't get past the limitations I had placed on myself.  Ah well, I seem to work best in graphite first, then digitally.  Here are some of my digital experiments...

Friday, July 19, 2013

Illustration Friday

I'd like to make this a weekly habit, and illustrate a bit more in my own style.  For the past few years I've been doing so much commercial work that I've lost a bit of my own style.  So, I joined a group of local artists and one told me about Illustration Friday - a website with themes to illustrate for the week.

I think it's a great way for me to find my style again.  Yes, I love working on assignments.  It's hard for me to just come up with illustrations on the fly, and I like working with a theme and constraints.  Since this week's theme was robot... Robots made me think of circuitry and processors and love.  You know, these things go together for me.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Random Rainbow

I woke up to my laundry line in the light, and I realized I had hung the clothes in a kind of rainbow color-order!

You never know where you'll find a rainbow...

Have a great week, everyone!  I'm trying to keep my head above water with the work on my plate, but hopefully soon I'll be able to share some new projects with you all.

Monday, July 1, 2013

WIP Blue Quilt and Google Reader Reminder

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In other news, I'm FMQ'ing like a fiend!  It's really addictive.  And last year, I snagged a box full of thread from a quilt designer who was clearing out her stores and getting into knitting.  So, what a treat to use all the threads I bought from her!  I love the look of the variegated threads on solid fabric.  With each block I feel like I'm getting better at controlling/coordinating the motion between my hand and the foot pedal.  It's a bit like driving manual (stick shift / standard).

Details from the latest blocks...