Spot illustrations for an activity book

Here are a few spot illustrations I made for a North American book publisher. I can’t say much about this project except that these are for a kids’ activity book that will be released in 2014.

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Some simple road signs and symbols. My easiest illustration assignment EVERRRR.

 

I was also asked to illustrate a couple of family holiday scenes.

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My working sketch

 

I happened to capture some of the sketch-in-progress via Instagram:

 

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Screenshots of my process

 

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The final scene

 

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Sketch for the second scene

 

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Process

 

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Final art

 

Hmm. Blog posts sharing new work are so much easier to write when I’m not at liberty to discuss a project’s details– I don’t have to write as much ;P

For a bigger look at the process screenshots, check out the project on my Behance gallery: http://www.behance.net/gallery/Activity-book-spot-illustrations/10612401

Stampin’ Up! Undefined Stamp Carving Kit and postcard giveaway winners announced

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Thanks to everyone who joined my Stampin’ Up! Undefined Stamp Carving Kit giveaway last week! There were 114 people who joined from various countries like Italy, Singapore, India, Malaysia, Indonesia, Australia, USA, the Philippines, the Middle East… all over! There were 60 comments on the blog entry within a span of 12 hours on the first day of the giveaway, which was awesome because this is my first ever giveaway and I was afraid only 15 people would join or something. And some of you left such wonderful comments about my work (*blush*) that if I were to decide who the winner is based on flattery, a lot of you would’ve won. Hahaha. Unfortunately, the contest winner is determined randomly via Random.org and the winner is:

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Katyha from Australia! Congratulations! The winner has been contacted and the prize will be sent out at the end of the week. Thanks again to Stampin’ Up! for making such an awesome kit (and sending me a couple!).

This video is so fun and cheesy! Heehee! I’d love to randomly find a stamp carving kit in my living room, too!

 

I also gave away two of the postcards I made with the Stampin’ Up! kit on my Instagram account. There were 45 entries and I drew two winners by drawing lots:

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Congratulations to @ringtailedlemur79 and @argevalencia! They each get two postcards– a Stampin’ Up! postcard and my Do More of What Makes You Happy postcard.

I wish I had more prizes to give out but rest assured there will be more giveaways to come before the end of the year. Thank you for joining! 🙂

Review: Stampin’ Up! Undefined Stamp Carving Kit

Look what I got to play with recently! It’s been a while since I carved any stamps because I’ve been busy with illustration work. I’ve been itching to dig my tools into erasers and rubber and this came at a perfect time!

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It’s a Stampin’ Up! Undefined Stamp Carving Kit which comes with everything you need to start carving your own custom rubber stamps. Fun! I’m not a fan of pre-made creativity and apart from the time I was ten and bought some kiddie stamps from a neighbour’s garage sale, I’m not the type who would buy ready-made stamps.

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Some old stamps I got from a garage sale
 

I like making things my own way and I love carving stamps, so how perfect is the Stampin’ Up! Undefined Stamp Carving Kit? Here’s what’s inside:

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Paris Girls

Some recent work!

I sometimes steer clear of labelling myself as a children’s illustrator (preferring to just use “illustrator”) in my various social networking/online portfolio accounts, as I don’t want to limit myself to doing nothing but children’s illustrations. I get a lot of work aimed towards illustrations for the 0-5 year old age group, but I know my work can also appeal to an older demographic, like pre-teens, teens, and young adults.

Case in point, this illustration I made recently for Puzzle Michele Wilson, a French company that’s known mostly for making jigsaw puzzles. They also make toys, postcards, magnets, pendants, and accessories.

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The brief was to show a girl doing something and have the Eiffel tower in the background. The target audience for these illustrations are women 15-30 years of age.

I presented three rough sketches to the client to show ideas and poses for the girls. This sketch of a girl sipping coffee at a cafe got rejected, probably because it’s too Parisian cliché.

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In the end, the client went with these two.

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One of the rare times I’ve had to draw a dog!

 

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Wow. A selfie. Very relevant for today’s generation.

 
I’m generally against obnoxious, self-serving, pa-cute selfies but I’ll admit, if I were standing in front of the Eiffel tower, I’d take a selfie, too.
 


 
I just updated my website’s layout! Check out the main page. The previous theme was loading too slow and I needed a layout that would show all my work in one glance. I hope you like it, because I love it 😛
 

Subscribing to RSS feeds (mine, specifically)

Some of you might’ve noticed that going to my URL, Wedgienet.net, now brings you to my portfolio page instead of showing you my most recent blog posts, as was the case previously. Annoying? Very.

I myself don’t like the extra step of clicking on the blog link in the menu bar above just to get to the recent entries. However, if I were to send my website link to an art director for her to check out my portfolio, my work is what I’d like to be seen first and foremost, not my blog.

“So what about me, your average reader?” you complain. “Do I really have to make an effort to click a second time just to see your posts when I type in your URL, and then not find any new blog posts after all that work?”

Subscribing to RSS feeds

First of all, welcome to 2013! Where are you from, 2001? You’re still manually going to my website just to check if I’ve updated or not? Haven’t you heard of RSS feeds?

Subscribing to RSS feeds

To be honest, I don’t know/have forgotten what RSS stands for and I’m too lazy to google, but let’s just say it stands for Reg Silva Subscriber. Basically, enter my feed URL, http://www.wedgienet.net/feed/ (link not clickable; it’ll show up as code), into an RSS reader (I use Feedly. Other RSS readers include Flipboard, Reeder, Digg Reader). What happens then is that every time I type up a new blog entry…

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…and hit PUBLISH…

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…the new blog entry shows up on your RSS reader on your computer and mobile phone (if you opt to install an RSS reader app).

Subscribing to RSS feeds

No more manual checking and typing my website URL to check for blog entries. And you can do this with other websites and blogs you want to be updated on, too. Just subscribe to their RSS feeds (you can find it by looking for a button or icon (usually orange) on their site which looks like a wifi signal lying on its side— scroll up the top of this page to view my site’s RSS symbol among my social networking icons) to get new updates delivered to you, all in one place. You’re welcome.

No, seriously, I don’t know why I know very, very few people (in real life) who know what RSS is for. But then after writing up this post and drawing those doodles to explain the portfolio-blog page switch and get people to read this without falling asleep, I remembered there’s Facebook pages and they’re kind of the same thing as RSS.

Subscribing to RSS feeds

So bottomline, to avoid that second click to see my newest blog entries, either subscribe to my RSS feed, wedgienet.net/feed, or become a fan on my Facebook page. Or do both. Either way, you’ll get updates as soon as there’s something new on this site. And here’s a little hint: sometimes I post micro-updates on my Facebook page that I don’t post anywhere else 😉